I wasn’t going to share this, it’s just something that I had drafted with the kids at home for the school holidays. But the events in Sydney of the past couple of days have made me feel, even more, the importance of teaching the act of kindness to our children, particularly to strangers.
For the past few years we have created a ‘fun list’ for almost every school holiday, filled with things like ‘go swimming at the beach’, ‘go bowling’ and ‘visit the museum’. But this year I added a list of random acts of kindness that are age appropriate for my 4 and 7 year old. Things that I hope will help them to see the happiness and difference that they can make through their actions.
Here’s what is on our list:
* Write messages on the sidewalk for passers by (happy ones of course)
* Pick up rubbish in a public place
* Give someone a compliment
* Make cards and put them in friends’ letterboxes
* Choose toys to donate to charity
* Bake cookies for the neighbours
* Give outgrown clothing to a smaller friend
* Put flowers and a note on a strangers’ windscreen
* Donate pet food to the animal shelter
I’ll probably keep adding to this list over the next 7 weeks before they return to school, and will try to share a few photos on our Instagram account as we go. If you’re doing anything like this with your own kids (or without kids – it works for adults too!) or if you have any ideas for things we can add, please let us know! And we’d love to see any of your photos too – just hashtag #kindnesskids and tag @confettimag on Instagram.
This year we all packed up our cars full to the brim with furniture, props, food, kids and one husband, and drove up to the beautiful Atherton Tablelands to shoot our Christmas scenes. If you have been following us for a while you will know how much we love this glorious part of the world. For one thing, it’s MUCH cooler than it is in Townsville, so we get to escape the heat for a while. But it is also a chance to slow right down, energise and just breathe a little easier.
This was probably the most relaxed photoshoot we have ever done. And that is saying something considering that there were four children and two dogs in the mix! So what does this all look like behind-the-scenes? It looks a bit like this….
Haha! Sleeping babes and kids chasing cows – yup, just your everyday photoshoot. You can view the first in our Confetti Christmas series on the Confetti website here.