Stories of Kindness from Around the World

Homeschooled in Kindness

--by redrady1, posted Dec 23, 2010

We homeschool our children so we sometimes have the flexibility of adjusting our schedule to fit in special things. Today, as part of our 'Kindness Klub' we decided we would head out for an afternoon of giving back.

Each of my kids chose from a list of kind things that they wanted to do. I ran down to the local store, picked up a few potted  flowers and attached Smile Cards. We then put a few dollars in a plastic bag with a Smile Card. 

Before we set off on our mission, we read a verse from the Bible about kindness and said a prayer that our efforts would be well-received and help brighten someone's day!

First, we stopped off at the local bus stop. We taped the plastic bag to a post inside the bus stop and quickly left ;)

Second, my 10 year old daughter said she had seen a house she wanted to drop her flowers off at.  She directed me to it. They had a beautiful sign in their front yard welcoming home two soldiers from Iraq! As she ran up to their front door with the flowers, I noticed a car coming down the street but didn't think too much of it. What are the chances the homeowner would pull up to the driveway? We were busted!

I politely explained to him that we wanted to drop off something special for them. He said thank you and we quickly pulled away. My daughter was embarrassed but I told her that it was a wonderful idea!     

Third, my other daughter did the same thing at a different house where no one was home. We couldn't pull away from the house for a while because there was alot of traffic so I was nervous that they would come home too!

Finally, my son had chosen to hold the door for customers at a local resturant for fifteen minutes. However, there were only six cars in the parking lot and we sat there for ten minutes and no one came in or out! So he decided to run into another restaurant. He went to the counter, gave the clerk a $5.00 bill and asked them to please put it towards the purchase of the next person that came in. The clerk was shocked! My son was on his way out the door and didn't see, but I saw the recipients were two high school girls who looked like they just finished a track meet. I hope they enjoyed their little surprise!

On the way home, my oldest daughter wanted to run by the bus stop and see if the bag with the money was gone, and sure enough - it was gone! We all hoped that someone was touched with a warm feeling when they found their surprise. 

This was a very good day for our 'Kindness Klub' and all of my kids told me they could not wait for the next outing. They said it felt good. And I do truly believe it's because of the feeling they each got - not because it got them out of  school work for a little bit!    

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textyourdreams wrote: I think if there was a kindness klub in every neighborhood, we would see the world change in a fast and remarkable way. This is inspiring and i think it would be fun for a group of adults to start a club like this to share with each other. Hmm, i think i'm gonna try it. Thanks.

keepsmilin wrote: :) awesome ideas! ;)
rileyb wrote: Wow. I love that idea and i can only hope that whenever i have children i will be able to parent and teach my kids as well as you have!
ollie wrote: Well done , you are doing a great job imparting kindness onto your thoughtful children. May the good lord bless your family. In peace
brentty wrote: Parenting today is such a big responsibility. Your creative kindness will be remembered by your children and others for generations. God bless you
ironlady48 wrote: Thank you for teaching your children kindness; we forget it is a skill just like any other and needs to be taught and reinforced to become part of who we are. I like your ideas and will try some of them as well!
stanley wrote: This idea is greatly appreciated because the bible says those who give even a glass of cold water to someone else will not lose their reward. You are doing a great job in teaching your children about kindness.
Happy7 wrote: Wow. Your story blew me away. I love it. I love that you are teaching your children to do this. My three girls are all grown up, and i want to teach my five grandchildren to do this too. I am waiting for my smile cards in the mail. I can't wait till they come. God bless you for doing this. God is so pleased and will bless you.
Michele wrote: This is a great story. Here as an adult i try to think of ways and kids and you just come up with simple things. And that is great. It doesn't have to be a large act just a simple act with love. Thanks for sharing.
Glowworm wrote: Hey, Red! "Train up a child in the way he should go and when he gets old he shall not depart from it." God bless you and your children. Oh, and God bless your homeschooling!

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