This is Random Acts of Kindness Week. Want to play along?
I recall the first time I saw Pay it Forward. I was living in Florida and was so taken by the idea that I could do a few small things each week that would brighten someone else´s day that I began to think about things that I could do.
On the freeway, I would pay a toll for the person behind me.
I would leave little gifts for my friends, no name on the package, and then listen as they raved about the surprise that they found that morning.
I would bring people´s papers up from the sidewalk and onto their front stoop.
I´d help people in the grocery store, those that were older than me and needed a hand to their car or with their groceries.
Why is this important? As mothers, we need to teach our children to be kind to others. Think of what the world would be if everywhere we went we saw people doing great, small, kind things for one another?
I have started to teach this to my daughter. She will take papers up and drop them on the neighbor´s doorstops as we are taking an early morning walk. She makes small gifts for her friends or relatives.
I believe it is getting through. Yesterday at dinner she told the young girl that was our waitress that she liked her hair. Scary, because the girl had dyed her hair purple, but I told the waitress, who said, "Uh oh,you have a wild on eon your hands if she likes purple hair," that if that was the worse thing she ever did we would be proud parents.
She also shouted out, "Happy Valentine´s Day!" to all of our neighbors yesterday as she rode her bike.
Today, when she gets up from her non-nap (yes, she has stopped napping, but that is a large set of entirely different posts!), I am going to explain this week to her and start asking how we can display acts of kindness to our friends and to strangers. Perhaps we will pay for a little girl or boy to ride the fun bus at the store tomorrow. Or we may buy a book and hand it out to a young child as they enter the store.
As you go through your day and weekend, think of ways in which you can display random acts of kindness to others, and of how you can get your children involved. It doesn´t take long, and it sure does leave a lasting impression on those who have been singled out!
Link to the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation.
Happy Friday and Weekend, Working Moms!