Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Brainstorm- 100 Acts of Kindness

We are spreading kindness this month through our 100 Acts of Kindness project. We are challenging our readers to perform 100 acts of kindness between Jan 16th and Feb 14th. You can read more about our kindness challenge here. Many of our blogging friends have joined the challenge and will be sharing ways that you can spread kindness here and on their blogs. 

Over the next four weeks we will be sharing loads of ideas with you to help you figure out how to perform 100 acts of kindness.

We have several guests that will be stopping by Toddler Approved to share ways that they have spread kindness in their homes and classrooms.

But some of the teachers and moms I have talked to worry about HOW they are actually going to accomplish 100 acts of kindness in only four weeks.

My answer would be, how could you only accomplish 100 acts of kindness in 4 weeks?

Sometimes we think on too big or grand of a scheme when we think about kindness challenges like this. Baking 100 plates of cookies to take to neighbors might be tough... but how about choosing to smile at someone in the grocery store or helping your son tie his shoes? What about reminding your daughter when she shares her toy with a friend that she is really kind? Or acknowledging how kind it was that your son said please after you helped him get dressed?

I love Mother Teresa's quote-  "We can do no great things, only small things with great love."  

Don't get overly caught up in the counting of the acts, but focus more on the amount of love that you put into each one. 

Yesterday I got together with four friends and put together Finals Survival Kits for the teenage girls we teach at church. They have finals this week and they are stressed out! I brought my 3 yr old son along with me last night to deliver some of the kits to the girls. We both loved the happy feeling that came as we did this simple kind act. One of the best rewards of being kind is the extra love you feel towards those you serve.

I also feel like one of the best ways that we can teach our children to be kind and serve others is to be a good example... and invite them to participate.

So, as we get this challenge started, let's brainstorm together so that we have a whole list of acts of kindness for those of us who are stumped! 

Can you share just one act of kindness in the comments or on our Facebook page?

If you're joining us for the first time, click on the button below to learn about the 100 Acts of Kindness Challenge.


Then check out some of our other posts about the kindness challenge, including week #1's challenge.

You can also head over to our 100 Acts of Kindness pinterest board if you want some other ideas. We are collecting them there.

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