Friday, June 24, 2016

Let Your Kids Catch You Doing Something Good Today

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“A little thought and a little kindness are often worth more than a great deal of money.” ~John Ruskin

Parenting gurus remind us: “Catch your kid doing something good.” It does wonders for your kid’s self esteem and encourages positive behavior. Makes sense.

But what about the reverse?

When was the last time your kid caught you doing something good?

  • Giving your remaining quarters to the next person in the laundromat.
  • Greeting your server with a warm smile and a friendly word before they greet you.
  • Racing ahead to hold the door open for the person juggling a tray of coffees or a stroller.
  • Leaving a handwritten note with a tip for the person who cleaned your hotel room.
  • Offering to help someone struggling to lift something heavy or awkward.

Nothing elaborate. Just a simple little act of kindness. Observe the impact. It has an incredible compounding effect.

So when you’re out with your kids today, let them catch you doing something good. You’ll find it’s wonderfully contagious.

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