July 5, 2016

The Cost of Kindness: A Grandmother's Perspective

Grandparents are great, aren't they? They are another source of love and comfort for our children, and if we're lucky, even a wealth of wisdom when it comes to parenting. That's why I'm so happy to have Jill with us today. Being a grandmother comes with its perks, but Jill proves that among them is the powerful parenting perspective they offer. Read on to find out her take on kindness, and why it should all be for free... 

As a grandparent, what does kindness mean to you?
Kindness to me is doing what you can for your grandkids. When they are little giving them love and attention but maybe later helping with school stuff and if I live that long to help them as adults with all the above and maybe some money.

Tells us the kindest thing you’ve ever experienced as a parent/grandparent?
When my children who are both in their 30's buy me a sweet card and tell me I have been a good mum and they love me.

Who/what inspires you to be kind? Explain why they/it inspires you to do so
I try to be kind whenever I can. It cost nothing to be nice to someone and it could be all they need in their day to make it bright. The person who inspired me was my mother. She came from a tough east end of London family and during WW2 she joined the Land Army . It was a really hard job and overcoming the battle of being a woman during a so called man's job was hard. She made me see that you can become anything you want if you only try. She would help anyone out even if it were her last pound. I think the London she come from was full of decent kind people who would help you in anyway. Strong women are the backbone of the family, I admire all my mother achieved in her life and passed onto me.  I hope I can do the same for my children and grandchildren.

It’s important to be kind to others, but it’s just as important to be kind to yourself. What do you do (or plan on doing) to be kind to yourself (either as a mother/grandmother, as a professional, or as a woman)?
I need to say No more lol. I am a people pleaser and I often wear myself out helping others. I need to be kind to me by relaxing and not being such a huge worrier

It’s often said that kindness is easier said than done. What valuable advice can you give for showing kindness to others (especially to those who may not seem like they want or deserve it)?
It is hard if someone feel like they do not want your kindness or love. Maybe take time to really find out why someone should or does need your kindness. My daughter once saw a homeless man outside a venue. Everyone was going in a staring and making comments. She was so sad in her break she asked for a tray of sandwiches and took them out. After chatting it turned out he was a nice, honest guy who was just down on his luck. Lost job, lost home = living on the street. He was so happy my daughter had been kind. Don't pre judge before you know all the facts

What is the one thing you want your children and grandchildren to learn about kindness?
 It doesn't take much to be kind. You don't have to spend lots of money to make someone feel good. A simple 'you look nice today' or even a smile can me the world . Kindness in simple form is free and its make you feel great.

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