Secrets of Loving Families

Spread the love in your home with advice and suggested reading from the Berenstain Bears.

How does America's most loving bear family stay that way? Here are a few heartfelt rules and quotable quotes from Stan and Jan Berenstain's beloved storybooks.

Be Kind

"The point is that nobody, not even adults -- and certainly not cubs -- should use words like those. They're simply not nice." -- The Berenstain Bears and the Big Blooper

Say Sorry

"A rainbow is something very beautiful that happens after a storm…" like making up after a fight. -- The Berenstain Bears Get in a Fight

Mind Your Manners

Manners are about "being fair and considerate. Manners are very important. They help us get along with each other." -- The Berenstain Bears Forget Their Manners

Tell the Truth

Don't tell a whopper, "because trust is one thing you can't put back together once it's broken."  -- The Berenstain Bears and the Truth

Be Responsible

"It seems to me… that instead of shouting and pointing fingers, we should get to work and solve the problem." -- The Berenstain Bears and the Blame Game

Serve Others

"Some cubs are helpful. Some cubs are not. Show them the way and they may take a shot." -- The Berenstain Bears Lend a Helping Hand

Be Grateful

"Now look, I've heard quite enough about what youdon'thave. It would be very nice if you would start appreciating the things you do have." -- The Berenstain Bears Count Their Blessings

More Suggested Reading...

On Kindness
The Berenstain Bears and the Big Blooper
The Berenstain Bears No Girls Allowed
The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Teasing
The Berenstain Bears Trick or Treat

On Forgiveness
The Berenstain Bears Get in a Fight

On Manners
The Berenstain Bears Forget Their Manners
The Berenstain Bears Say Please and Thank You

On Honesty
The Berenstain Bears and the Truth

On Responsibility
The Berenstain Bears and the Blame Game
The Berenstain Bears Help Around the House
The Berenstain Bears and the Homework Hassle
The Berenstain Bears and the Messy Room

On Service
The Berenstain Bears Lend a Helping Hand
The Berenstain Bears' New Neighbors

On Gratitude
The Berenstain Bears Count Their Blessings
The Berenstain Bears Get the Gimmies
The Berenstain Bears' Trouble With Money