Random Acts of Kindness Squashes Grump

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Most people are nice – so many jump to it when they see me struggling to balance three littles while grocery shopping. Yet, today I met a grump in the middle of Kroger. So many other kind strangers had helped me so much that day, I couldn’t even be mad at this grump.

I was trying to decide how I would notify an employee about the jar of spaghetti sauce that I’d broken and splattered all over the aisle, when out of nowhere, I heard a very grouchy voice say, “Can you move your cart out of the way so other people can get through?” I was startled by this. It seemed so unusual to have someone treat me this way when, in this same situation, I would often turn to see a stranger standing quietly behind me waiting for me to move. Or, even better, the stranger often offers to help!

But, luckily, instead of my stress hormones and momma bear instincts getting the best of me, I simply moved my cart out of the way for the grump to get through. I even happily offered him a, “Have a nice day!” My grump just offered a mumbled, “You too.” Maybe he had a tough day… or a string of bad days. Maybe he’s suffering from chronic pain. All I know is, I wouldn’t have found the strength of character to be kind to this man if I hadn’t had so much support from others in my life.

Wow, I’ve got it made! I usually don’t stop to think about how nice people are as a whole. Most of the time, strangers are making extra room for me and my crew down the aisles, offering to help push my cart, reaching the box of cookies that’s too high for me, making small talk with my babies and giving them compliments. What would this world be without random acts of kindness? I now know for sure that all those random acts of kindness squashes grumps!

KindnessChainThis connects nicely to an activity I tried out with my girlies this week. We created a “chain of kindness.” I found it here. I only tried part of this activity with my girls, but they loved it! We made the chain and discussed the term “kindness.” Now, it’s become a topic of discussion around the dinner table as well. This activity is a great way to start talking about kindness, defining it, and finding ways to apply it!  The chain aspect lends itself to discussions of how we feel when someone does something kind for us, and how we all feel better when we keep the kindness going.

 

Thanks, random strangers of Dayton! You help me through some tough times! 🙂

What are your experiences with random acts of kindness as a Dayton area mom?

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Hey Dayton Moms! I'm a stay-at-home mom of three amazing daughters (ages 3, 2, and 2 months). After earning my Masters in Education at OSU and teaching Kindergarten, substitute teaching, and tutoring ESL students, I quickly realized I needed something more! My own family! I joined eharmony.com and never looked back. My husband lived in Dayton since First Grade, so I have come to know a lot about the area through him and his wonderful family. Since I grew up on a farm, this city life still amazes me. There's so much to do! Don't get me wrong, playing in the creek and woods out back has its own charms, but I'm definitely getting used to the perks of living in Dayton. My faith and family are the most important things to me, yet I am very passionate about education. My focus is early childhood, and I have taken on some self study of the Montessori approach for my children. I have been developing activities for my in-home preschool. Full disclosure: I have a very strong connection with my laminator. My husband knows and respects this -- he doesn't have to like it. Favorite parts about being a mom: Unlimited hugs, daily giggles, and watching my blessings grow.

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  1. Oh, I am so glad to see that my kindness chain inspired you and your kids 🙂
    It is so easy to focus on the grumps – they have a way of standing out just a little bit more, but the kindness is definitely worth looking for.

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