I’m honored to be featured over at All Done Monkey today as part of her Random Acts of Kindness series. I’d love for you to pop over and give my post a read, and see what else you can find on Leanna’s blog, too. She is full of good ideas!
Here’s an excerpt to get you started:
“All of the sudden, anytime strangers would smile at her or say hello, she would frown, turn away dramatically, and sometimes even shout, “NO! DON’T smile!” As someone who values both kindness and genuine interactions, I was stuck. I didn’t want to tell my child that she had to smile at others, or lecture her about kindness in a way that made her feel as though it was her responsibility to behave in a certain way to make others happy. I did a whole lot of modeling, and we had many, many conversations about what she could do – besides yelling – if she didn’t want to interact with someone. Despite all of this, I saw no change and began feeling a bit discouraged. I certainly didn’t want to convince her to act a certain way out of obligation, but I did want her to have interactions with others that were both genuine and peaceful…“