Disclosure: I am a brand ambassador for McDonald’s. I am being paid for this Do Good – Tot Style 2016 post.
With each passing year, it becomes more and more important to teach my kiddos to treat others with kindness. I know we try to teach our babies to be kind to each other while they are infants, but the formative years of toddler to preschool is where I think a kind heart really sets. Earlier this year, I decided I would set forth a stronger “do good” mission in our household. It’s important to model the direction you want your child to go, heh? And it’s certainly true what they say about do good, feel good.
Today, I am thinking back on the ways that my girls have acted in kindness in 2016. Of course, we are going to do good a few more times before saying adios to 2016.
It’s been an annual family affair to make and deliver cookies to our neighbors the week before Christmas and/or make and deliver cinnamon rolls on New Year’s Day morning. I like to think that Scooter Britches is catching on to the fact that we do all this work to let our neighbors know we appreciate them for…well, for being normal and pleasant humans. Little One has only recently turned two-years-old, so I know she doesn’t really get what we are doing, but it is important that she is still included.
We also like to deliver cookies whenever we get new neighbors.
We dropped off cookies for our local police officers and firefighters this summer. We sure do have the best of the best here where we live!
And how can we forget earlier this fall when three (three!) people near and dear to me suffered terrifying and freak accidents in the same week. A delivery of sausage and spinach tortellini soup was in order for my sweet friends and their families! I was so proud of Scooter Britches when she wanted to go with me to deliver the soup so she could “tell them to feel better.” (Oh, and if you have yet to check out my tortellini soup recipe, slip on over there after reading this post and pin that baby!)
We keep McDonald’s gift cards, as well as fully-stocked compassion bags in our cars to hand out to people in need of some care. Remember my post last spring where Scooter Britches took her job so seriously as she packed the compassion bags? Seeing her in that capacity made my heart explode!
This Christmas, we made more bags and Little One was able to help this time, too.
And if you read last month’s Warmest Wishes post, you know that SB and LO had the best time delivering warm hot chocolate and peppermint mocha to their teachers. Don’t forget to download my free Warmest Wishes printables so you can make your own drink drop off a quick and easy one!
One thing that I wanted to do more of this year was pay it forward while in a drive-thru line. While I did do this several times when I was alone in my car, I also wanted the girls to be with me to see what paying it forward is all about. That became my mission this past week – to see that this happened before 2016 slipped away.
When we pulled up to get our order, I informed the cashier that I also wanted to pay for the vehicle behind me. I told her I hoped he would pay it forward some time.
SB was only two seconds behind with her questions.
“You are paying for that boy behind us?” (He wasn’t a boy at all, but she couldn’t even see who it was because of her car seat. She just refers to a lot of people as that boy.)
“Yes, I am. It is a nice thing to do every once in a while.”
“Well, because it is just nice to surprise people by doing something nice for them. And, maybe, they will do something nice for someone else, and the niceness will just keep going on and on.”
“Mmmm-hmmm. It will go on and on and on and on forever, Mommy! That nice thing will go on and on and on all the way into the sky!”
And that, my friends, is a little girl’s heart – full and open to ideas without pessimism.
Easy Ways to Do Good in 2016 (and Beyond)
- Keep fast food gift cards in your car for quick hand-off. You never know when someone will pull at your heart strings and you feel the need to help. Keeping the gift cards stocked is a great way to do this. I recommend McDonald’s gift cards since most towns and cities have at least one McDonald’s location. And even a $5 gift card can buy multiple things off the menu.
- Treat your coworkers to basket of goodies, such as sausage biscuits or warm apple pies. (And speaking of this, stayed tuned for my January post!)
- When friends and family find themselves in tough situations (or even happy ones), treat them to a gift card or a bag of hot and yummy breakfast or lunch.
- Drop off a warm McDonald’s hot chocolate or mocha – just because. Or maybe you want to help them chill out with a chocolate or strawberry (my favorite!) shake.
- It’s the perfect time of year to pick up a few Happy Meals for the kids or that especially holiday-stressed friend. Show up at her house with Happy Meals. (Well, I mean, call first. Always call first, folks!) Send her off for an afternoon of retail therapy or to just enjoy some time alone while you gobble down fries and hang with her kids. That’s what friends are for, right?
Currently, McDonald’s has seasonal pies, perfect for enhancing that holiday spirit!
And the peppermint mochas are here through January 10! Don’t miss out on these yummy sips of minty heaven!
What ways have you found to do good with your family?