The quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate, is how the Webster Dictionary defines the word kindness. Think about that for a moment. Think about a time when you had an act of kindness done for you and the feeling of joy you experienced because of it.
“Kindness. What a simple way to tell another struggling soul that there is love to be found in the world.” -author unknown
This year we are doing our advent calendar a little bit different. Starting tomorrow, our family will be doing 12 random acts of kindness which I will post about each day. I’m always looking for ways to teach our kids to give back and to be kind to others. Even though they are young I feel like it’s never too early to instill the act of helping others and being kind.
Most of us are always telling our children to be kind. I have learned that unless we set the example and show them how to put kindness into action, we are wasting our breath and just hoping for the best. Kids learn by example not just by being told something.
“In this life we cannot always do great things, but we can do small things with great love.” -Mother Teresa
Small things and tiny moments matter. Throughout the year I like to do random acts of kindness for strangers. Whether it’s paying for someone’s coffee, lunch, or telling another mom who looks frazzled that she’s doing a great job and she’s an amazing mom. These actions are so small in the big retrospect of things, but those small acts could bring a smile to someone’s face who needed it. Maybe it will encourage someone who’s going through a rough time, reminding them that kindness still remains in people. Our actions, no matter how small, affect the things and people around us. That is a lesson I want my children to learn. You never know what someone could be going through and your small act of kindness could make a world of difference to that one person.
The Christmas season is the easiest time to involve our children in doing things for others. I hope you will all join me in spreading love and kindness this holiday season. Let’s not forget though, that even after this wonderful and giving season is over, we can all continue to show charity to those around us.
-Hannah (City Sis)-