Teaching our children about kindness to ourselves and our community of friends and family is so important. Thank you to KIND for sponsoring this discussion.
This morning as I was helping the Little One get ready for school and we had one of our usual conversations.
“What did you dream about last night”? I asked her. “What are you most excited about doing today”? I whispered into her ear.
Oh the things she says! Like, “I dreamed about giving all the lost puppies food and families”. They make me smile and they inspire me to be a better mom.
At school drop off I asked her to remember what I always say to her (I love you) but instead she said… “be kind”! This is something we totally talk about, and I was excited she thought of that too!
We talk about kindness with the girls all the time.
Be kind to your friends and help them whenever they need it. Be kind to strangers… hold the door for them. But so often I forget to remind them to be kind to themselves and their own bodies, which is just as important.
So after school we did things a bit differently than we normally do.
Instead of enjoying our after school snack in the house, we went on a kindness hike into our avocado grove and we talked about ways we can be kind to ourselves and others while we ate. They (Pete too!) each picked their favorite KIND bars so that they could be kind to their taste buds too!
KIND makes delicious, wholesome snacks from nutritionally-rich ingredients you can see & pronounce®.
We wrote these 10 kindness tips together as a family:
- Remember kindness in everything you do. Ask yourself often if you are being as kind as possible.
- Greet each person with kindness. Let them know you care.
- Show your body kindness by eating healthy foods that tastes good, like KIND bars!
- Show your skin kindness by wearing sunblock. (This was the little ones idea, love it!)
- Always hold doors for others and smile. This is the easiest way to show a stranger kindness.
- Recycle! Be kind to the planet!
- Exercise! Be kind to your body so that it can be kind back to you.
- Do random acts of kindness and surprises for others.
- Be kind online and offline. Treat others with kindness in person or on the computer.
- Give to others. As soon as my middle daughter said this one my little one squealed and asked if we could pick some avocados (after we had a snack) and share them.
There are so many KIND snacks but these are our current favorites!
Pete really likes the STRONG & KIND bars. Which pretty much is who he is if I had to describe him in two works… they are KIND's first-ever savory snack line featuring 10 grams of soy-and-whey free protein made from ingredients you can see & pronounce®. They are available in five flavors… Hickory Smoked is the one he snacked on. Because not all protein is created equal, they use whole almonds, seeds and pea protein to give you 10g of natural protein and all nine essential amino acids in these bars.
The girls and I LOVED the KIND Healthy Grains Bars. They have a foundation of five super grains baked into a perfectly chewy, with a crunch, texture. Although they are available in five flavors, we enjoyed the Maple Pumpkin Seeds with Sea Salt and the Dark Chocolate Chunk the most! They have 100% Whole Grains: Gluten free oats, millet, quinoa, amaranth and buckwheat and each bar provides at least 18g of whole grains PLUS it is a good source of fiber and they taste amazing!
After our snack we went avocado picking!
KIND bars inspired the girls with their mission of “making the world a little kinder – one kind act and one snack at a time”.
The girls even decided on a kindness challenge of their own… they are going to try to show kindness at least 5 times a day and keep a kindness journal. I think this is a great idea on so many levels. This will encourage them to keep spreading kindness and a good mood booster when they are having a less than perfect day. Nothing makes us happier than to revisit times when we made a difference in someone else's life and showed them kindness!