As a mom I’m always very aware of how my words and actions affect my children. But I’m realizing more and more that they don’t always do as I say, they do as I do. You’ve heard the saying ‘Actions speak louder than words.’ Children take that one seriously!
One of the values I try to model to my children is that there is Power in Kindness. Here are 4 ways to cultivate KINDNESS:
- Kindness starts at home
I often use this phrase in our home. ‘If you can’t be kind to each other how will you be kind to others.’ The way we speak to each other at home is a good indicator of how we will treat others.
“Kind words can be short and easy to speak but their echoes are truly endless.” Mother Theresa
Also, how do you speak about people when they aren’t in the room? Your children are listening and taking note. Children do as they see, our words often have little impact on their behaviour if we are modelling negative, unkind behaviour. Be a role model for your child. Ouch!
2. Teach them that their behaviour affects others
Our actions, words, moods and behaviour affect the people around us. When people come in contact with you, how do you make them feel? Teaching your child to identify their own emotions will help them identify and empathise with other people. Questions like, “How do you think Ethan felt when you did that?” Then, give them different scenarios of how they can deal with a situation better.
3. Get them practically involved in helping others and showing kindness
Think of kindness as a muscle, the more you use it, the stronger it will become. As a family, think of different ways to help strangers, friends and family and show them the joy that comes from serving others – even if we don’t get recognition or something in return. A service with no strings attached! Yip, that’s a hard one, even for us as adults.
4. Teach them that small acts go a long way.
Smiling at a stranger, listening well, including someone in your group, holding a door open, giving your time to a good cause, giving a gift, making a donation… there are so many ways we can show kindness with small and seemingly insignificant acts.
I am always excited to join in on initiatives and campaigns that make a difference, to show kindness and to do good. So I jumped at the opportunity to partner with this great initiative and to teach Bethany about how small acts really go a long way.
Read on to find out how you can make a difference when you purchase a Barbie™ mask from Ackermans and Power Fashion.
Blue Horizon Licensing, the official Consumer Products representative of Mattel, Inc. brands in South Africa, which includes the Barbie™ brand, is partnering with Ackermans and Power Fashion to bring to market a range of Barbie-branded face masks and shields. The Mattel proceeds from the sales of the face masks and shields will be donated to Gift of the Givers, in support of the humanitarian organisation’s work in disaster response, hunger alleviation, water provision, healthcare, education and social upliftment during the Covid-19 pandemic.
“We are proud to partner with an organisation that strives to have such a positive impact on the people of South Africa, and that continues to dream of a better future despite all the challenges we face on a daily basis. It’s a great fit for a brand that encourages its audience to Dream Big.”
At its core, the foundation aims to bring hope and restore dignity to the most vulnerable, by uniting people with a common vision to make a real difference by serving mankind for the ‘Greater Good’. To date, the Foundation has delivered R3.2 billion in aid to 43 countries across the globe, over a 28 year period.
Over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, the foundation has benefited 180 hospitals and health centres throughout South Africa, including a R7 million refurbishment of an entire wing dedicated to Covid-19 at Mitchell’s Plain Hospital. It has carried out over 20 000 PCR Covid-19 tests nationwide having set up dedicated teams for this purpose, as well as delivered some 130 000 food parcels in South Africa, as well as 40 000 in Malawi, Namibia and Zimbabwe.