It’s not what you think. I’m not going on a rant about people’s bad manners today.

Okay…maybe inadvertently.

I wrote a children’s story today with my kids

I’ve had this idea in my head for awhile. A concept for a children’s book.

In fact, it’s based on a true story about my kids and I. The premise of the story actually happened in real life. (Embarrassing for me, and you’ll see why.)

So, my kids and I wrote and illustrated this children’s book today. It was a blast!

Maybe we have something here? 😉

“Bad Manners”

By: Brody, Tess and Katie Kuperman

Once upon a time, there lived two funny, good-looking, sweet, talented, energetic, hard-working little ants, Brody and Tess.

There was just one thing wrong…

They had terrible, poor, horrendous, yucky BAD manners.

Mama and Papa were working on those BAD MANNERS every single day. They were tired and frustrated.

“Ay yay, ay yay, ay yay!” they would yell as they shook their heads.

One night the whole ant family sat down for a nice, anty dinner at their dining room table. And you won’t believe what happened…

There was Mama Ant, begging Brody Ant to stop chewing with his mouth open. And there was Papa Ant reminding Tess Ant to eat over her plate so there wouldn’t be a GINORMOUS mess under the table again tonight.

It went on…

And on…

And on…

And on…

And on…

Finally Mama Ant couldn’t take it anymore. She stood up and said sternly, “Enough! This is the most terrible display of manners I have ever seen! You little ants need to -“


Mama Ant accidentally let out the biggest BURP at the dinner table.

How ruuuuuuuuude!

And right as she was trying to teach her kids proper table manners!

No one could control what happened next…

Brody Ant, Tess Ant, Papa Ant and Mama Ant all burst into hysterical laughter.

Sometimes you just need to let it go.

The Ants will practice their manners another day.