No one is perfect.... and I have to remind myself of this when I am confronted with a situation where someone hasn't quite treated someone else with kindness. Words can be so hurtful. The tween and teen years are so difficult to navigate...add the notion of thinking of other's feelings to the mix, and it can be an even tougher road to navigate. But as a mom, this is where our kids are counting on us. Show them the path, steer them when necessary, even if they sneer, or shed tears, or roll their eyes. Let them absorb what you show them, let them respond to what you tell them. Keep communication open. Let them talk. Let them explain. Let them know that what they think is important too.
If we spend our days criticizing and gossiping, and judging, our children will soon follow suit. Lead by example. Smile. Hold a door for someone. Drop off cans at the food bank. Volunteer at shelter. Make someone's favorite dinner. Turn down the covers and put a love note on a pillow. Mow your neighbor's lawn while they are at work, drop off cookies to a friend....be there for others in whatever way presents itself.
1.) Keep joy in your heart EVERYDAY!
2.) Be kind to EVERYONE, because we don't know what they are going through.