Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around – Leo F. Buscaglia
Inspired by Code Name: Mama’s challenge, I have embarked upon a March of Kindness. I have made it my goal to perform at least one random act of kindness each day in March. My actions will hopefully be as spontaneous as possible since I believe that these sorts of acts are always the most genuine. (I’m not suggesting that planned acts of kindness are disingenuous, I just think that there is a deeper level of raw emotion behind a random, spur of the moment decision to do something kind for yourself or others). However, I have already come to discover that in the business of day to day living, it can be tough to think of different ways in which to perform an “out of the norm” act of kindness.
Code Name: Mama has a list of 155 Random Acts of Kindness to inspire you and I will admit that I have yet to read through all of these. If you are so inclined, I suggest that you take a look at her list as it covers acts of kindness towards children, strangers, yourself, friends, and your spouse/significant other. In addition, I thought that I would provide you with a few of my own suggestions, specifically related to acts of kindness towards your children.
· Clear an entire day to spend together as a family doing child-centric activities. No chores, no television, no computer, no “routine” activities. Make this a day about celebrating your children!
· Let your child “help” you do a certain task or chore that you normally would not let them participate in.
· Do an art project with your child. Get messy yourself.
· Laugh and smile at your child for no reason other than to make him or her feel good.
· Make your child’s favorite foods all day long.
· Do an “extra” for your child. This could be reading an extra story, having a few extra minutes outside, singing an extra lullaby…the extras are endless!
· Give lots of extra cuddles.
· Learn and then act out a short finger play for your child.
· Fill up a drawer or a box with fun little household items and let your child throw everything about as he or she explores this new treasure trove.
· Go for a walk at your child’s pace.
· Let your child play with that toy that really annoys you as much as he or she wants.
· Really take the time to listen to what your child is saying to you (even if it is baby babble!)
· Refrain from having negative reactions to your child’s undesirable behavior.
· When you become irritated with your child, pause for a moment, collect yourself, and instead of showing that irritation to your child, grab them and give them a huge hug and tell them that your love them!
· Take a nap or simply rest with your child.
· Do an activity withy your child that he or she has been asking to do for a long time.
· Make your child something. It can be anything but make it age appropriate. Heartfelt gifts made with your own hands are always the most treasured.
· Play a game with your child.
· Make up a song with your child and then have a concert.
· Stop whatever you are doing and be with your child for no specific reason other than just connecting with them.
· Don’t tell your child that you are busy and that you will be with him or her when you are done. Be with them at that precise moment that they need/want you.
· Be a horse and give your child rides on your back.
· Engage your child in a game of chase or tag.
· Make a promise and keep it!
· Get outside with your child more than you normally would.
I hope that these suggestions inspire you to participate in the March of Kindness. Today, I rolled down a wet, grassy hill with Tiny. I have NEVER seen her more thrilled or heard her laugh so hard. This is definitely something that I would not normally do but the happiness this small (yet slightly uncomfortable) action produced was well worth it!
Yours in Kindness,