#withkindnessandlove is a weekly series all about sharing some little moments of kindness and a blog post I have loved this week. Some weeks I might also share a quote that has inspired me, or some suggestions for small acts of kindness that I have come across. Here are this week’s little moments of kindness and a blog post I loved.
Little moments of kindness
Last weekend, I was at a coffee morning at church. I’d had a very poor night’s sleep and the girls were bickering over toys. In the end, I lost patience and told them to put the toys away as we were going home. It was one of those mornings when I felt that I must look like a really grumpy mummy to everyone watching. One of the regulars had looked over a few times. I wondered if I looked like as bad a mummy as I was feeling. She came over to me as we were about to leave, smiled and told me how I reminded her of herself when her children were small. She told me that she had also had a close age gap between her two children. It was clear from her tone that she understood that parenting was challenging at times and was trying to reassure me. She certainly helped to ease some of the mummy guilt I was feeling at the time!
“My 6 year old and I build plant pot windmills together as we had relocated and he was struggling to settle. It was something fun we did together for our new house. On Halloween night they were destroyed by drunken teenagers are we were both devastated, I struggle with what to tell him and how to explain! I posted about it in the local mums group and was inundated with messages of kindness and love! The next evening we came home to a Lego windmill toy and a card on our doorstep. It was anonymous and I have no clue where it came from but it was so incredibly kind and helpful to teach my little boy about the goodness all around us!” (Anna- Squats, Sass and Saggy Skin)
“We were at a local park a few weeks ago with friends. We had 4 kids with us, aged 6-10. There’s this cool big roundabout type ride where they climb onto high seats, you wind it up and release it…. round and round it goes. I wound the kids up on it what felt like thousands of time before sitting out for a bit! The kids were managing to push each other around on it, just about, but it wasn’t going very fast for them! Then, some teenage boys arrived on their bikes. Please don’t judge me for being a little anxious as they made a bee-line for the kids on the roundabout. I was then amazed to watch as they helped each of our kids up onto the seats and proceeded to spend at least 15 minutes winding them up and pushing them round. A simple thing, I know, but I was overwhelmed with their kindness and sweet patience with the little ones, for no gain to themselves.” (Vikki – Family Travel with Ellie)
Sharing some blog love
A linky that I love
One of my favourite linkies to join is #CountryKids hosted by Coombe Mill. It’s a fab little community, all about sharing posts about outdoor fun and adventures. It’s one of the few linkies I made a special effort to join in with and have done almost since I first started my blog.
I love #CountryKids for several reasons. Firstly, I always enjoy reading about the activities that Fiona does with her guests at Coombe Mill and their family adventures together. Coombe Mill has been very firmly on my lists of places to visit for some time as a result! Secondly, it’s helped inspire me to get out and about much more with my girls. There have been many days out that have been as a direct result of taking part in this linky. Finally, I love reading other bloggers’ posts about their family days out and adventures. I’ve discovered new places in my local area through reading posts linked up and added many others to my wish list.
A blog post I have loved
This week’s favourite blog post has come through the #CountryKids linky. Becoming a Stay at Home Mum shared an account of her family’s visit to Wray Castle in the Lake District. I’ve never heard of Wray Castle before but seeing her photos has made me want to take a trip to the Lake District purely to visit it! It looks like a wonderful place for children. I love the look of the story room and the dressing up room as well as the beautiful outdoor space waiting to be explored. It certainly looks like the perfect place for magic and adventure.
If you have any stories about being on the receiving end of an act of kindness that you’d like me to include in a future blog post, please feel free to email them to me at louise @ littleheartsbiglove.co.uk or fill in the form here.