May is a great month. Smack bang in the middle of autumn (the Fall for my northern followers) we celebrate Mothers’ Day (Sunday, 10 May). This significant day allows us to celebrate and appreciate the mums and mum figures in our lives. But this year, I want to think beyond it being just one day.
I am dedicating the month of May to kindness. I am dedicating the month of May to celebrating mothers. I am dedicating the month of May to acts of compassion. I am dedicating the month of May to….
‘Make a mum smile in May’.
And I want you to join me!
The concept of this initiative is very simple. I am urging you all to be mindful in may; mindful of cheering up a mum who needs it, mindful of helping a stranger out, mindful of supporting one another and mindful of sharing the love.
Often the simplest acts of kindness have a lasting impact. You can literally make a mum’s day with one small gesture or a few comforting words.
Here are seven ways you can play along:
- Cook a mum a meal. Hands down this has to be one of the most stressful times of the day for any mum, especially a new mum, and it’s a stress you can take away from someone. Have a think about someone you know who might need a dinner taken off her hands. Perhaps it’s a new mum, or perhaps it’s someone who’s having a rough time of it lately.
- Show someone you care. Let the mum wrangling three toddlers go before you at the cash register. Offer to help someone carry their bags to the car. Tell the mum whose child is having the mother of all meltdowns in the department store that you understand and ask her if there’s anything you can do to help.
- Think of a mum who’s having a particularly rough time and needs a little pick me up. Offer to babysit her kids so she can go for a walk, send her a gift voucher, drop off a little hamper of goodies or flowers just to make her day that bit easier.
- Ask someone if they are OK. This one is my favourite, as so often we like to appear that we are capable and able to juggle multiple balls. In reality most of the time we are all paddling madly like ducks underneath the surface, trying to stay afloat. So, check in with one another. By asking the question, it will allow a mum the opportunity to say she’s not feeling okay. Expressing your vulnerability is confronting for many but it is always very liberating.
- Tell someone they’re doing a good job. How easy is this? And how good is it to hear? I remember a time a passer-by in the park stopped to tell me I was doing a great job. I nearly cried. Don’t just wait for mothers’ day to tell your own mum she’s important either.
- Simply smile to someone who looks like they’re having a tough day. You may not have to exchange any words, but sometimes a quick smile is enough to improve their day.
- There is also kindness in not doing things too. In other words refrain from engaging in idle gossip, reserve judgment, don’t criticise other mums’ choices or parenting styles and refrain from comparisons.
Small acts of kindness don’t have to cost anything, or even disrupt your day. Please join with me and make a conscious effort to make a mum’s day. I’ll be using these hashtags and encourage you to use them also #makeamumsmile #makeamumsmileinmay #makeamumsday #mothersday
To celebrate ‘Make a mum smile in May’, the lovely team at hardtofind are offering one lucky reader the chance to win a $100 gift voucher for their online store just in time for mothers’ day. Treat yourself, or someone you know, to something special. It’s so easy to enter.
Tell me about a time when you have been the recipient of an act of kindness, or if you have performed such an act. Or share an idea below about how to make a mum smile. Good luck!
Conditions of entry:
- Answer the competition question below in the comments section.
- Like the NASD Facebook page.
- One entry per person.
- Open to Australian residents only.
The giveaway will close at midnight on Sunday 3rd May 2015. This is a game of skill. The winner will be awarded a hardtofind gift voucher on the strength of their answer and will be announced on the NASD FB page on Monday 4th May.
I’ll never forget the morning I was the recipient of a random act of kindness. A stranger noticed I was having trouble and with a few kind words and a helping hand she responded with tenderness. You can read about her act of kindness here.
Good luck and please remember to “Make a mum smile in May”. Remember, little gestures = big impact. Thank you :-)
Postscript: Half-way through writing this post, I paused to answer the door to a dear friend of mine who popped in to bring me a bunch of flowers. She knows that I am going through a difficult patch, and she has brightened up my day immeasurably with this act of kindness. True story. I’ve just put the tulips in a vase and they are sitting next to me as I type!
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