This is a bit of a long post, but bear with me...
Yesterday, on the way to school, I had a conversation with my daughters about being kind to others. It had been "one of those" morning and we'd gotten a little snappy with each other, myself included. We finished the conversation with a promise we would try to do one kind thing for someone during the day and then have a chat about it later on at dinner. I dropped them off, got busy with my day and, quiet honestly, completely forgot about the conversation. It wasn't until later that night that I was reminded of it.
"Mama, today I looked after a little girl who hurt herself at lunch time. I took her to the office and waited with her until her mummy came to get her.", my eldest informed me. "And I made a card for my teacher on my lunch break. She comes back to school tomorrow and I've missed her.", my little one chimed in. "What kind thing did you do Mum?".
I sat there and fumbled my way through a reply. I hadn't done anything. I'd hardly even looked up from my computer for most of the day, let alone done something kind. In the end I told them I'd packed away some old clothes to give to charity. It was true, but I'd done it a few days ago and honestly, it was more the fact that I didn't want to throw them in the bin but I didn't want to keep them, not because I was being kind.
It's been bugging me ever since.
Here's something else that's been bugging me. Throughout the day, news of the Syrian chemical attack had broken. I had listened to news reports with a sick feeling in my stomach that intensified with each report. Then this morning I saw the footage of children convulsing and foaming at the mouth, and of dead babies. Sometimes it feels like we're bombarded by news stories like this that we become desensitised to the horror. Other times the feeling of helplessness takes over and it's all too overwhelming.
If we teach our children to be kind, then we're a little closer to making the world a better place. But what good is it to teach without putting the message into practise ourselves? Mad Love Nation will donate 20% from every newborn session booked this month to The Unicef Syrian Crisis Appeal. The donation will be made in the name of the newborn, unless otherwise requested. If you'd like to book a session or find out more, I'd love to hear from you. You can get in touch here. Or perhaps you might like to donate without booking a session. I've decided to donate to UNICEF but there are a number of other Australian based foundations dedicated to the cause too.