Apr 082013
 April 8, 2013  Random Acts of Kindness

Random Acts of Kindness - Alldonemonkey.comI 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.

Random Acts of Kindness - Sibling Love - Little Artists on Alldonemonkey

(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!

Creative World of Varya

Little ArtistsVarya is the mother of 2 beautiful girls, an ESL teacher, a Montessori teacher and a dance teacher. She enjoys music and singing and grew up on Classical music and fairy tales. One of her strong desires is for the younger generation to keep developing their talents and abilities not only through the means of technical progress (TV, computers and so on) but through the traditional art and crafts. Creative World of Varya is about creative development of children. Varya trained with Baby’s First Massage and Oh Baby! Fitness. She also draws upon the teachings of the Bahá’í Faith, including the principle that the world is but one country. You can find Varya on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter.
You can see a full schedule of the posts in this series by visiting the main Random Acts of Kindness Challenge page.
This post has been shared at Natural Mothers Network’s Seasonal Celebration.

  4 Responses to “Random Acts of Kindness Start at Home: Little Artists”

  1. Beautiful story!

  2. Love this! Eager to share it with my boys this afternoon! One of the things that my youngest does is always have something to share with his brother when we pick him up from school. It could be a picture he drew, sharing a song he learned, or making sure we picked up and “extra” treat for “brudder” to make sure that the big brother isn’t missing out on the fun.

  3. Oh that is such a lovely story – what a sweet girl you have.

  4. Thank you! It is always nice to see our little ones’s achievements.

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