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    Creating kindness in your life (Guest post)

    Dear readers: This guest post was written by Kay and Leslie of GrandparentsLink, my fellow members in the GRANDparent Network. Considering the lack of kindness and compassion across our country the last far too many months thanks to the hostile political climate and anxiety following the election, the wisdom Kay and Leslie offer here is particularly worthy of reading, sharing, putting into practice.


    Creating kindness in your life

    As grandparents, we want to inspire our grandchildren, and one of the best ways to do this is by "doing" simple acts of kindness. The old adage about "setting an example" certainly applies here. Remember, an act of kindness can be big or small — it does not matter. What counts is that our grandchildren learn to be grateful and understand how to be kind. Kindness is a lesson of achievement with a wonderful end result.

    Here are a few ideas to put into practice:

    1. Open a door for someone.

    2. Send a card to a serviceman overseas.

    3. Take cookies to the local fire station.

    4. Pick up litter.

    5. Compliment someone who has been helpful to you.

    6. Donate toys to a local charity.

    7. Set the table.

    8. Share a special toy with a friend.

    9. Smile and say "thank you" to someone who has helped you.

    10. Sell lemonade and donate the profits.

    11. Help cook breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

    12. Bake muffins for a friendly neighbor.

    13. Give away used clothing.

    14. Watch how much water you are using.

    15. Call or email a friend who is not feeling well.

    16. Plant flowers for a friend or family member.

    17. Clean up your room without being asked.

    18. Teach your grandparent a new song or a new joke.

    19. Bring flowers to the teacher, or the doctor, or the favorite school custodian.

    20. Help a sibling with homework or an at-home task.

    21. Put a happy note in someone’s lunch or cubby at school, or on mom or dad’s desk.

    22. Facetime/Skype with a friend or relative who lives out of town — or in town.

    23. See what kind of community service you can do with the help of a family member.

    24. Draw a picture or make a card for someone who you love — or like.

    25. Send a "Happy Birthday" or "Thank You" video.

    26. Give someone a special hug!

    We would love for you to comment and add your kindness acts to our list.

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    Reader Comments (2)

    I was reminded that I was a grandma when I began to place an old article in my sidebar as a Featured Post. Lisa had made a comment on the blog post.

    My grandchildren come in all sizes and I have been at this grandmothering business for 25 years. The youngest is 4. Setting the example for grandchildren is all important if we are to be a part of their lives. They remember what we say and do. Even when we don't think they are watching.

    How about taking your grandchildren to a neighborhood park with a plastic bag, gloves and a plan to pick up trash. I did that very thing and I don't think they will ever forget the creek that flowed clean when we were done.

    Be well. Loved the post.


    November 19, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara

    Loved this post. I have 23 grandchildren and have tried to teach them to be kind . I've helped them to do something special for family members who are a bit down in one way or another. We took some of the grandchildren to cook dinner for the homeless and lonely on Christmas Day . I think the adults got more out of that one - well I did anyway. Passing on books to people they think would like them, visiting an older person they know who might benefit from the company of youth. My son helped with this idea as he made friends with an elderly couple when he was eleven, calling on them every day after school to have tea and watch tv. They grew to be such good friends and recently the husband died and my son, now, nineteen was at the funeral and everybody knew that he was the dead man's good friend. Of course, care needs to be taken with such friendships but overseen by parents or grandparents it can be so worthwhile for both parties. Some of my grandchildren bake an extra apple pie or biscuits for their neighbours and they sell them after church sometimes on sundays for a charity that they are fond of. There are a million ways and more to be kind .

    November 22, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMaz
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