If you have been around Meaningful Mama for long you know I have a character development series where I focus on 52 character traits, one for each week of the year. Kindness is one of the traits we focus on in the series. I want to encourage my kids to be kind and see the positive impact a simple smile or a small random acts of kindness can have on the lives around us. My friend, Julie, from Happy Home Fairy has a similar passion for teaching kindness. Today’s random act of kindness for the mailman was inspired by her new book, “The Kindness Antennae.”
I love reading books that motivate me to be a better mom and a better person. That is exactly what I found in “The Kindness Antennae.” Julie poses the question, “Do you want to make a difference and raise kids who make a difference?” The answer for me is a definitive, “YES!!” Her book gives practical ideas for making your marriage, your home, your neighborhood and your world a better place. “The Kindness Antennae” is a book that motivates and leaves you hopeful. Take a look at her adorable video that will give you the taste of the heart behind the book – to bless others.
Random Act of Kindness for the Mailman
Doing something for the mailman was one her ideas that inspired me. I have thought about it, but I’ve never taken the time to thank the mailman for all the mail he faithfully delivers daily. Sure, that’s his job, but why not give a note of appreciation and a gift that encourages and gives a smile? You never know what someone is up against in their life, and this might just give that little bit of encouragement that is needed. The “random” piece is so fabulous because blessings most often come when they are unanticipated.
The kindness ideas Julie gives are often so simple, but when you do a random act of kindness you are making a positive impact that can grow exponentially. You are influencing your kids. It feels good to your heart. It also might encourage the kindness recipient to pay it forward.
Materials Needed to Make a Random Act of Kindness for the Mailman
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How to Make a Random Act of Kindness for the Mailman
- Print out the “Delivering Mail Hand to Hand – You Deserve 100 Grand” printable onto card stock paper.
- Cut to size.
- Make a hole punch in the corner.
- Tie card to 100 Grand Bar.
- Stick in mailbox.
Julie has some adorable kindness antennas you can print out in her book. Put these on your kids to make the activity more intentional. The kids can help do the cutting, hole punch and tying. I’d encourage you to let them be a part of the delivery to the mailbox too. This is a purposeful time to talk to your kids about kindness. Help them develop more empathy by asking them, “How would you feel if someone surprised you with a note of appreciation and a candy bar?” I’m sure they can relate to the joy they’d receive at getting an unexpected candy bar.
If this idea inspires you, I really hope you’ll take the time to check out Julie’s new book “The Kindness Antenna.” In a world that can feel like greed, power and anger are taking over, we can provide hope and glimmers of light.