Let us make a daily practice to model and reinforce the type of behavior we want to see around us. Offer moments that will create opportunities for your family members to practice compassion. Small changes like donations, finding volunteer opportunities, offering an educational moment to our children so they may learn how to best offer their talents to those around them that may be less privileged will teach them about the world around them in a whole new way. Lets give our children more opportunity to make change to not only educate them but also ourselves as we attempt to change the world around us.
I challenge you to catch someone being kind. Call attention to the behavior and start a tally. Find a mason jar and keep it in plain view within your home. Encourage your family members to write down acts of kindness they have seen throughout the day. Throw those slips of paper in that jar and watch it fill up over time. Hold a family meeting to go through the notes in the mason jar to encourage and nurture kindness in your children. Kindness requires action, and it certainly should start within the home. As we educate ourselves on the bigger issues in the world around us, take some time to instill the simplest of skills, one note at a time. Let us change the world we live in and attempt to make it the kind of place that will be safe for all.