Staying Sane: Acts of Kindness


My mom was here over the weekend to help me with the move and getting the house ready.   A HUGE act of kindness with so many things that she did to help.  My family is always there for each other even when we are far away.   It had been some time since her last visit and of course the kids all seemed different to her.   One of the biggest differences was the growth in personalities of Twin Crazy and Twin Husky.  At almost 2 and a half, they are really little people.   They are talking so much and having conversations – to each other and to others.  It is wonderful to see this in them.  As a mother of twins it is hard to describe and explain the feeling of this stage happening with two of your kids at the same time and with each other.

Twin Crazy is yes, crazy.   Very boisterous.  Very silly.  But also very compassionate.  She is extremely empathetic and watches others around her.  She comes to the rescue.  She comes to me to tell me if a sibling needs my help.   She wants to see that everyone is OK and happy.  This is important to her.

To me, seeing aspects of such kindness and empathy from my children are too good.  I can’t get enough of it.  You teach them these things – “that it is important to treat others as you would like to be treated” – and “it is important that we help each other out as a family” — but when I see it in action, it always melts my heart.  Yes, I can be furious one minute with one of them but then a tiny voice or a tiny act of kindness from one of them, particularly between each other, is enough to put me back on track.

Just over the weekend Big Bro cared for a chicken from next door, Red helped Twin Crazy wash her hands of mud at our hose, Twin Crazy and Twin Husky held hands on a drive, Twin Crazy continuously expressed that she missed “Batman” (our sick pet guinea pig), Big Bro ran after Twin Husky as he was running after a ball towards the street, Twin Crazy let Twin Husky take a nap in her room since he missed her….    it goes on and on.

 

 

Acts of kindness are important not only for the receiver, but for the giver as well.  And now I also know that they are good for the observers.

How do you teach your children the importance of acts of kindness?  What things does your family do routinely to instill this value in your children?

Have a great week everyone –

– Mama K

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Comments

  1. so glad your mom was here for you. those pictures are adorable! Did you get the package I sent you? I was surprised the P.O. said it might get there Saturday. Have a good week.

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