Tough Choices…Like Cookies and Naps

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff

This is one of those hidden gems of wisdom that resonate with adults just as much as they do with young readers. “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” by Laura Numeroff is a simple story about a boy and a mouse, but it also holds valuable insights into the way adults make choices and navigate the consequences of those decisions.

One of the central themes of the story is the chain of events that unfolds from a single action. When the boy offers a cookie to the mouse, it sets off a series of increasingly complex requests and activities. This mirrors the way adults often find themselves moving from one decision to another, each one shaping the path of their lives.

As grown-ups, we can reflect on our own experiences and consider the following question: How conscious are we of the chain reactions triggered by our choices? It’s easy to overlook the ripple effects of our decisions, especially in the fast-paced world we live in. Yet, taking the time to pause and consider the potential consequences before acting can lead to more intentional and mindful choices.

Another poignant theme in the story is the mouse’s insatiable desire for more. With each new item he receives, he immediately seeks out the next thing, never fully satisfied. This behavior is all too familiar in the adult world, where the pursuit of material possessions, success, or validation can become a never-ending quest.

This begs the question: In what areas of our lives do we find ourselves caught in a cycle of constant wanting? Reflecting on our motivations and desires can shed light on whether we are seeking fulfillment in external sources or cultivating contentment from within. By cultivating self-awareness and practicing gratitude for what we already have, we can break free from the endless cycle of chasing after more.

Ultimately, this sweet little book serves as a gentle reminder to adults to approach life with curiosity, mindfulness, and an awareness of the interconnectedness of our choices.


  • Think about a recent decision you made. What were the potential consequences of that decision, and did you take them into account before acting?
  • Consider an area of your life where you often find yourself wanting more. What deeper needs or desires might be driving this desire for more, and how can you cultivate contentment in that area?

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