What quality do you want to nurture most in your child? For me, I think it’s kindness.
If my children grow up to be kind I’ll feel I’ve done my job as a parent well.
It makes me so proud to see Rhys being kind to his sister.
A few weeks ago he came out of school with a piece of birthday cake, and he offered to share it with Nerys. Then he ran ahead of us, chasing after his friends. And for a second I considered calling him back. I thought about asking him to share one more bit with his sister. But I decided against it. I want him to share because he wants to, not because he’s been asked to.
Then, a minute later, back he came. With a small bit of cake still in his hand. To offer Nerys a last bite before it was all gone.
And my heart almost burst. I was so proud of him.
That one, small thoughtful act. It made Nerys so happy. It made me so proud. I’m sure it also made Rhys feel good.
And that good feeling just radiated from that moment, out into the rest of our day.
I think this is something that is so important for my children to realise.
And for me to keep in mind.
“Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.”
Kindness doesn’t have to be a big gesture.
More often than not the acts of kindness we experience are small.
It’s a kind smile to the parent with the tantruming toddler in the supermarket.
It’s making a cup of tea for your partner after a long day.
It’s sharing your last bite of cake with your little sister.
But those tiny acts?
They really do create ripples, that go on and on and on.