teaching kindness

teaching kindness

Recently, at work, my team and I were given an amazing opportunity. We were asked to come up with a project that would give back to our community. After many wonderful ideas were given, we began narrowing down our general goal. As the plan began to form, we chose to work with a local organization that provides both housing and supplies to families without a home. During the next couple of months we will be raising money for those families being helped by this organization.

the importance of teaching kindness

This opportunity led me to think about kindness and its importance as a whole. Without kindness, there would be no organizations providing for those in need. Nor would there be individuals willing to give and support those organizations. Not to mention, kindness allows us to pay it forward.

ways to teach kindness

  • Show empathy for others and set a good example.
  • Include your child when you give back; ask them how they want to.
  • Make caring about others a priority.
  • Have your child write thank you letters and notes.
  • Recognize when your child does something kind.
  • Volunteer together.
  • Teach respect for the earth and the importance of recycling.

What are other ways that you could teach your child kindness? 

happy list v.3

nature

a happy list

one // Meeting up with a wonderful friend for coffee. Being able to chat about essential oils, life, and our boys was a major bonus! I love that our boys are best friends and share our love for essential oils as well. Knowing that they both bring oils to school to share with each other warms my heart.

two // Planning out my month. There is something so fulfilling making plans and jotting them down. Although my calendar is rather full, I love adding to it. Well, as long as it is for fun things like birthday parties, hanging out with friends, and pumpkin patches.

three // Indulging in coffee every single day this week. So what if I have been trying to cut back.
Life is short, drink the coffee.

four // Lighting fall scented candles. There is something so comforting about a home that smells like fall. From pumpkin spice to cinnamon apple pie, I am absolutely loving it. Give me all of the candles!

five // Taking a mental health day. Thursday I was given the green light from my manager to take the day off. Mostly it was spent finishing up things around the house, working on homework, and taking my husband to his doctor’s appointment. However, it was much needed.

six // Getting back into the groove of blogging. This is a hobby that I just can’t seem to let go.

what has made you happy this week?

outdoor rainy day activities

outdoor activities

As the weather turns cooler and the gray clouds roll in full with rain, we begin conjuring up fun rainy day activities. The boys toss ideas out while John and I jot them down. Admittedly, a majority of these wild ideas take place within the comfort of our home. However, there are quite a few that require braving the rain. Is it strange that these few are my favorite?

There is something so freeing about splashing in puddles and spinning around in the rain.

outdoor rainy day activities

1. Puddle jumping. 

By far one of my favorite suggestions, I could not write this one down quick enough. Donning raincoats and rubber boots, jumping in puddles is so freeing and fun! Warming up with hot cocoa back inside when done is just a bonus.

2. Rain painting.

Using heavy construction paper or canvas, sprinkle your blank slate with drops of food coloring or powdered paint. Once done, take the paper or canvas outside and watch the rain do its work.

3. Singing in the rain. 

Reminding me of the musical, Singing in the Rain, we began looking up fun rain songs to sing at the tops of our lungs.

4. Chalk drawings. 

Although ordinarily disappointing when the rain washes away your chalk drawings, it is a lot of fun using the rain to help you create with chalk. Plus, if your drive is sloped you can watch the chalk slowly trickle away.

5. Making mud pies. 

See who can “bake” the most impressive mud pie. From the tallest with the most “tiers” to the most nature-decorated, let your creativity flow!

6. Rain dancing.

Create your very own rain dancing ritual or even have a rain dance dance-off! See how many nature themed props you can use or if you can weave a story in your dance.

7. Worm hunting. 

Although, when initially suggested, I felt my skin crawl. Truthfully there is something about worms that just freak me out. However, they play such an important roll in gardens that you can’t help but want to return them back to their homes. Also, if you fish you can use them as bait.

8. Nature hiking.

Explore a trail in the rain and discover the differences — sounds, pooling of water, etc. See how the rain collects on leaves and in puddles.

9. You’ll float too. 

Inspired by Stephen King’s movie, It, the boys suggested making waterproof paper boats and racing them down the road. However, I deeply suggest staying away from the storm drains.

 

what are your favorite outdoor rainy day activities?

reading lately: october

books

This year I set a rather easy reading goal — to read at least two books each month. Knowing how busy life can be, I did not want to overwhelm and eventually disappoint myself. With the days growing shorter and the nights colder, it is so much easier to curl up with a good book. Fall always signifies a cozy time full of hygge and reading. Without further ado, here is what I have been reading lately:

a light between oceans

by M.L. Stedman

A Light Between Oceans left me with a very heavy heart and a wondering mind. Although I knew that the ending would not be happy for all, I was still rather caught off guard. After incredible and heart wrenching losses, to find what you have been dreaming for at last would make anyone second guess the right thing to do. Altogether I found this story to be beautiful, sad, and understanding. One where you find yourself wishing for the best and being content with the outcome. After all, not every situation will have a happy ending. Especially in the situation that is brought up in this book.

I found myself falling in love with each of the characters through their flaws and their strengths. Each personality was unique with their innermost thoughts laid bare to the reader. The actions of each character were incredibly believable. The setting was not overwhelming, but had quite enough detail. All in all, I truly enjoyed reading this book ending be damned.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.

what alice forgot

by Liane Moriarty

From the very first page I found myself falling headfirst into What Alice Forgot. Constantly I found myself wondering what I would have done in that situation — losing my memory of the past ten years. Waking up to being divorced, having three children, and being a completely different person. The answers I found myself coming up with aligned quite a bit with Liane Moriarty’s plot. Torn between trying to figure out what is going on to appeasing those around me. The story was very believable and the situations realistic.

Each character has a bold personality and you find yourself caring for each one. Yes, even the ones that drive you a little (or a lot) batty. The pace moved forward at a good pace and held my interest during the entirety of the book. I found myself, on more than one occasion, not being able to put the book down. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and cannot wait to read another book by this author.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.

we could be beautiful

by Swan Huntley

Honestly, I found myself having a difficult time fully engaging myself in We Could Be Beautiful. I wanted so badly to like and relate Catherine, but it was not always easy. After all, I have not spent my life with obnoxious amounts of money surrounded by designer things. However, I can understand that when one is so dependent on something and that something suddenly disappears it would be devastating. Unfortunately, in Catherine’s case, I still could not relate. At all.

All in all, I did find myself somewhat enjoying this book. The story was rather interesting, although shallow at times. Plus, there was an eventful twist towards the end of the book that was hinted at throughout. Also, I oddly found myself reminded of the show Gossip Girl while reading this!

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars.

 

To further keep up with my reading adventures, be sure to friend me on Goodreads!

putting yourself first

be selfish

Do you ever feel overwhelmed? Completely exhausted? Perhaps a little stretched thin?

Those feelings are all too common. Trust me. Everyday feels like a race against time to get everything accomplished. Cook dinner, finish homework for both myself and the boys, work full time in customer service, clean the house, talk the dogs for a walk. The list is never ending. Plus, with social media, it is easy to feel as if you need to be living the perfect life.

Unfortunately, trying to accomplish that can leave you irritable and frustrated. Taking time for yourself is so incredibly important. I promise that it isn’t completely selfish.

ways you can put yourself first:

  1. Relax in a hot bath using essential oils and salts.
  2. Turn the music up and dance throughout the house.
  3. Treat yourself to a manicure and pedicure.
  4. Schedule a much needed full body massage.
  5. Purchase fresh flowers to decorate your home with.
  6. Light your favorite scented candles.
  7. Read that book you have been meaning to pick up.
  8. Hit snooze in the morning and catch a few extra z’s.
  9. Roll out the yoga mat and do a relaxing yoga flow.
  10. Take a walk outside and surround yourself by nature.
  11. Visit your favorite store and buy yourself something.
  12. Let yourself be in the moment; enjoy what is around you.
  13. Pour yourself a glass, or two or three, of wine.
  14. Try a something new — restaurant, hobby, etc.
  15. Doll yourself up for the day and compliment yourself in the mirror.

what are ways you would add to this list?