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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

With Love for Books Second Anniversary - Guest Post by K.B. Andrews

Guest post by K.B. Andrews

Kindness: a word everyone knows, but not enough people use.

When I found out that I was expecting my first child seven years ago, I was worried about so much: money, screwing up a diaper change, or making a bottle wrong. But there was one thing that scared me the most: how do I raise a loving, kind, sympathetic human being? Yes, I want my child to be smart and to do well in school and life, but I also want a child that is caring, loving, and kind — someone that can see when someone is having a bad day, put themselves in their shoes, and actively try to show them that a kind word or gesture could turn their day around.

Before my child could even talk, I was saying, ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ to her when I would ask something of her. And guess what… when she started talking, she used those words too. I taught her how to share, how to be polite, and manners with all things. Already, even with her young age, I can tell she’s very empathetic. She activity tries to make the world around her a better place, even if it’s with something as small as a cute giggle. Remembering to be polite, simple gestures such as, opening a door for someone, lending a hand, or giving a compliment, are all great ways to turn someone’s day around.

You never know what another person is going through. We all have our own trials to face. The point of this story is to remember that even a small gesture like a compliment or saying please and thank you could make someone’s day better. It won’t cost you anything but a few extra seconds. So why not go for it?

Pay attention to your surroundings, notice when the people around you are in need of a little extra kindness, and try to make a difference in someone’s life, even if it’s only a smile.

About K.B. Andrews

K.B. Andrews was born and raised in a small town in Southern Illinois. She spends her time with her husband and two kids, while going to school full time as an English major. Andrew's has always had a love for making up stories, and reading romance novels.

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  1. Teaching good manners by using them is so important. Children soak them up and then take them out into the world; people will respond to her in part based on those manners that become habits. They'll perceive her as a kind, thoughtful person--and those manners are helping shape her into one.

  2. I so agree!! I think kindness and thoughtfulness even more important than good grades - though of course grades are important too! ;) I also think you made a good point in that how we act can really affect our children - we need to provide good examples to them! :) And so true, the little things can make a huge difference to someone's life - and brighten ours too. :D As a Christian, I'm struck by the fact that God strongly emphasizes showing love to others in the Bible (not just feeling gushy feelings! ;) ). :D

  3. And meant to add, thanks for the well-thought-out and inspirational post, and best wishes for a lovely 2018! :) xx

  4. A lovely post. I'm a big fan of please & thank yous.

  5. Awww, that is a sweet story, what a wonderful way to raise your child! Now you know she will be a good person further on in life!

  6. Remember the old saying that 'manners maketh the man'? It is by your conduct that you are judged and remembered and those small kindnesses towards others can mean such a lot. Well done K.B.!

  7. Very important. This is a lovely post. Kindness in any form can change anyone day with a simple smile 😀

  8. An important point is made in this guest post. I agree that kindness is a simple thing and not to be underestimated. Simply holding open the door for someone, giving a stranger a smile can make someone's day much brighter.