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Family Kindness Challenge

by Sarah Lyons

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Being kind doesn’t have to be time consuming, expensive, or hard work. Simple acts of kindness can show someone we care and have benefits to us as well. Open the door for someone, pick up litter as you pass, send a note or card in the mail, or simply smile at others and you are spreading kindness. Our kids follow our lead in how we treat others and kindness will become natural for them over time.

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Simple Ways to Spread Kindness

  • “Take emptied trash bins up for your neighbors.” says Sarah Imbierowicz, mom of seven.
  • “My kids would always take a cold bottle of coke or water out to the garbage collector.” says Sharon Wade, Olathe mom of three.
  • “Always hold the door for people behind you.” says Jeri Chester, Kansas City mom.
  • “Always be courteous to others because you never know what someone might be going through.” says NIkki Rhyme, mom of five.
  • “Walk someone's dog, help neighbors with yard work or shoveling in the winter.” says Geri Geveshausen, mom and grandma from Omaha, NE.
  • “When we see things that need done, I suggest we do them. For example, helping people struggling at the store, taking a meal to a family, or grabbing coffee for a friend who needs a boost.” says Kara Thomas, Colorado Springs mom.
  • “Write or draw thank you notes.” says Kathy Hromadka, Iowa mom and grandma.

Sarah Lyons is a stay at home wife and mother of six children, including 18 month old triplets. Using creative consequences with her kids has improved their behavior and encourages healthy relationships with each other.

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