Monday, September 19, 2011

Pay It Forward....

At one point yesterday the kids weren't treating each other very nicely.
Instead of sending them to their rooms, or enforcing a time-out, we discussed...
Karma.
Now, that is an interesting conversation to have with a 3 & 5 year old!

Happily, they seemed to really understand the concept of "what goes around, comes around"  and the importance of treating people the same way they'd want to be treated.
Why haven't I pulled out the karma card before!?
They totally "got it!"
                                                                          Source: someecards.com via Lindsey on Pinterest


We also discussed how to "pay it forward" and how doing something nice for someone not only makes that person happy... but encourages that person to do something nice for another person and so on... 

            
                                                                     Source: juanmanilaexpress.com via Leslie on Pinterest
       

Every act of kindness has the opportunity to make a positive change, not only in someone's life, but can have a crazy good impact on this crazy world we live in!

Today, one of you will receive a little treat from me!
I will foot the bill for any Etsy item you choose!
(up to $20, including shipping)

All you have to do, is a leave me a comment and tell me what you have done recently OR will do to "pay it forward"  :)
Let's set an example for our kids!
Let's do something nice for someone!

You don't even have to be a follower of my blog... just make sure I have a way to reach you!
I will choose a "winner" by random.org tomorrow morning!
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12 comments

  1. Hey girl!!
    Love the new blog design :)
    To pay it forward I'll donate a necklace from my shop to a winner :) xx

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  2. Just became a follower! Paying it Forward is something I've tried to instill in my children from early on. I feel it's my gift to society and to them to know the importance of giving a bit of themselves ... Whether it's something as simple as a smile to someone who could use it or holding a door open for someone... Or complex as helping a neighbor do yard work. We all have something to give. And I guess that's my biggest "pay it forward".... Ensuring that my children will take what I have taught them and pass it on! Thanks for an inspiring post! :)

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  3. What a wonderful idea! I try my best to pay it forward when I can - especially to model it for my kids. We, too, do everything from holding doors for someone to giving away items we originally sought money for. I'm hoping they'll learn to see every day as an opportunity to make someone else's day brighter :)

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  4. Last weekend I put my day on hold and took my sister and my nephew out for some fun after my mom told me they were sitting at home depressed and bored. It was so much fun.

    When ever I'm out I try to make eye contact with people I'm around and smile and say hi. I want those around me to know they matter. :)

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  5. I like to send cards in the mail just to let people know that I am thinking of them.

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  6. I recently baked a whole bunch of goodies then me and the fam drove around delivering them to unsuspecting friends and family members. There is no better gift then making someone you love smile :)

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  7. Some lessons are hard to explain and better to show our little ones. I think paying it forward can be lots of things. Usually it's the little things that take very little effort. Like picking up a piece of trash that someone has thrown down. I hope that my little ones will follow my footsteps and I ask for guidence to lead them to show kindness everyday to others.

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  8. Paying it Forward...It's something I don't think I do enough, but should do more! I'm planning to do it this Friday - I'm hosting a jewelry party at my home, and instead of keeping all the "spoils" for myself, I'm going to try to pick out a few pieces for a few special ladies that I think would appriciate a little extra sparkle in their lives :)

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  9. I think that's a wonderful lesson to teach your little ones. It's great that they got it.

    Each week I make crafts with my oldest and we send it to a family member or friend. Everyone is always surprised and happy to find a little treasure in the mail.

    I have to share that today while checking out at the store my two year old was having the worst tantrum ever when a lady came over and started talking to her and calmed her down. The lady gave me an "I've been there" smile. She stayed with us until we checked out. It was an incredible act of kindness.

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  10. Just started reading your blog and I love it :)
    Pay it forward, well, I try to do it everyday when I go to work - I support adults with learning disabilities in all aspects of their lives. It gives me such a great sense of worth when I see a smile on my ladies faces :]

    I also like to make and send little cards/notes to people to let them know I love them/am thinking about them x

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  11. haha. I would love to hear that karma conversation.

    Ask the Duplex

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  12. LOVE STUFF LIKE THIS. i'm all about doing random acts of kindness. It's why me and the hubby started GiveLove. LOVE LOVE LOVE that you did this! Love your blog too! Your children are beautiful! As are you :)
    xoxoxo
    ash

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