Thank you Cuties for sponsoring this post. All opinions expressed are my own.
For those of you who didn’t know, February 16th is Random Acts of Kindness Day.
Cuties wants to encourage us all to give back by being a little ray of sunshine in someone else’s day.
This year, Ada joined Girl Scouts and this past holiday season, she spend time at a retirement community decorating cookies and singing carols. She didn’t fully grasp why she was there, so on the drive home I explained it to her. Not everyone has the opportunity to see their family every day. They don’t get to see their children, grandchildren or great grandchildren, so her being there with her troop made their day a bit brighter. That started the ball rolling- now she and I have been talking often about what it means to be kind.
Doing something kind for others is a value that I was raised with. My mom was always so inspiring growing up- organizing canned food drives, penny drives, fundraisers- and on a more simple level, the occasional card. A handwritten card to let loved ones know you’re thinking of them. A thank you card to let someone know you appreciate them. There are the grand gestures that take planning and time to make a difference and then there are the acts of kindness that are more simple, yet just as effective, like writing a card or even a smile to a stranger.
Ada is wonderful at being kind to strangers. In the grocery store, she will say hi to people who are close by, she will tell the teenage girl with rainbow hair how beautiful she is and how much she loves her hair, she will tell the worker behind the bakery counter that she makes the best cookies. She knows how to be kind, and it makes me proud every time we are out and about. The one type of every day kindness I want her to learn is with her brother.
As a homeschool family, the kids are ALWAYS with one another. I have decided to really work on how they can be kind with one another. Snack time always makes it easy. Their favorite snack has always been Cuties. They are the perfect size for their small hands, they can peel them on their own and I don’t need to worry about the seeds because Cuties are seedless!
Snack time lately (it’s been SO cold outside) takes place during story time. Ada has recently begun reading at a first grade level and she is SO proud. Greyson is so proud of her too. Ada will ask for Cuties, “and one for my brother”, and head upstairs and they will sit in her bed together and snack and she will read to him. It melts my heart.
Don’t get me wrong, I still want to raise my children to want to be kind to others, to go above and beyond to help those in their community, but I think teaching about random acts of kindness needs to start on a daily level. How can we be kind each and every day? My thoughts are this- how amazing would it be to raise a generation of children who were so kind, that acts of kindness were no longer random, but the norm?
Rather than telling her “don’t talk to strangers” I want to encourage her to follow through on the kind thoughts she has. Tell someone they are beautiful, tell that mom juggling her kids at the store with her mom bun and last weeks makeup that her babies are so cute, wave to the car beside us. You never know who is having a rough day and needs a little ray of sunlight to brighten their whole day. The simple acts of kindness we can express every day can make a huge difference.
That being said, we definitely have plans in the works for February 16th for some larger Random Acts of Kindness. How will you teach your children to be little rays of sunshine?