I am so pleased to announce the return of the popular series on Random Acts of Kindness. What started as a temporary series last fall is now a regular feature. Each month, a blogger will share the random acts of kindness they have committed with their little ones. You can visit the Random Acts of Kindness page to see previous installments of this series. You can also follow the Random Acts of Kindness Pinterest Board. I have been truly inspired by these wonderful posts!
Today’s post comes to us from Varya of Little Artists (now Creative World of Varya). Varya participated in the series last fall as well, and I will always remember where I was when her Random Acts of Kindness post was published. Several days earlier I had scheduled her post, which was lucky, because that morning – at almost exactly the time Varya’s post was published – our baby was born! Hopefully today’s post will be a little less eventful for us
Random Acts of Kindness start at home: children learn from our examples and then surprise us with the most amazing randomness!
Since our second daughter was born, I could feel that our first one felt strongly about the shift of attention. Luckily, despite being a very spirited child, she is also very kind, caring and loving. So she never takes her frustrations out on her baby sister. Sometimes she was hesitant when I asked her to help with some chores if I was busy with the baby. And she would come and interfere when the baby was going to sleep (ask for things, insist on also sleeping with us, etc).
At some point I had to leave the baby and run off to the bathroom. My older daughter was in another room. After calling her a few times and getting no response, I gave up and ran off to the bathroom. The baby started crying almost immediately and then suddenly became quiet. I got so worried and hurried back just to the following: My older daughter was laying down next to her sister assuring her in a kind, soft voice that mommy will be back soon and then she started singing nursery rhymes for her.
(Note: this particular shot was taken much later, I didn’t have a camera at that time with me!)
I just stood there, outside the door, and adored this newfound connection between two sisters.
A few weeks later, we were on the bus with both girls and there was a young mom with a small baby sitting next to us. The baby started crying. So my older daughter said: “Aww, poor baby is crying!” and … just started singing some Chinese song quite loud and clapping her hands. Needless to say, the baby stopped crying and was starring at her. There were few people but they all started smiling. We had to get off so we weren’t sure what happened next.
This random act of kindness towards another baby made me think that in fact our children don’t just ignore what we ask them to do or what we do. They absorb and learn all the time.
What are the Random Acts of Kindness your children do? Share with me!