Freckles in April: Warm Fuzzies

Monday, August 11, 2014

Warm Fuzzies

Aaron and I often talk about how we want to teach our kids to be good, KIND people. It's not an easy or obvious thing, teaching kindness and love to small children who are still struggling with sharing and not hitting when they're upset. There are plenty of days when we wonder if we're making any progress at all.

Last year a 5th grader at Stinky's school had a stroke and went into a coma. He was a kindergartner at the time and had never met the girl but he was determined to find a way to help her. When the school announced that they were collecting loose change to help the girl's mother with hospital bills, Stinky marched right up to his piggy bank and emptied the whole thing into a heavy duty plastic bag. His backback was extra heavy the next day as he carted that bag to school. He'd been saving for ages and he didn't even think twice about giving up ALL his money to help someone in need.

Having fun at the park in new duds from Schoola!


Right in the feels, you guys. I've never been more proud.

Since then whenever we pass a collection box for Phoenix Children's Hospital he asks for a coin to put in. "For the girl from my school!"

It was a horrifically sad situation (last I heard, though, she was doing really well!) but it gave my son the chance to learn that sometimes sad things happen to others and it's up to us to try and help in whatever way we can. I hope he always remembers the way he felt when he turned in that bag of change!

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32 comments:

  1. What a sweetheart. Love that.

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  2. When my son was almost 3, he asked for some pennies to throw in the fountain at the mall. He walked right up to the water and pitched it in, and then proceeded to bawl his eyes out because his penny was gone. I don't think he realized that once he threw it in, he wouldn't be able to get it back.

    Well, a few months later, our church handed out baby bottles to fill with loose change and turn back in. The money was going to help a crisis pregnancy center. I asked Riley if he would like to put some money from his piggy bank in. He said yes, and then proceeded to give ALL of his money. I was really worried that we would have another meltdown, so I emphasized that he would not be getting this money back. We were going to put it in a box and leave it at church. He said, That's OK, the babies need it, mommy."

    I was so proud of him. It really hit me that my so called generosity does not even compare to his. Children have so much capacity to love.

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  3. Oh gosh I love that!!! Plus now I want to jump off a swing!

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  4. This warms my heart. It's always amazing to see them do the right thing on their own. Even if it is just holding a door open for another person. It's wonderful to see the kindness in our children.

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  5. This has to be the sweetest story. Teaching kindness, generosity, and compassion in my own children (when I have them) is so important, and this story of your son definitely gives me hope for our future. Hoping that the sweet girl at your son's school is doing well, and that he stays the same sweet, kind boy that he is :) xoxo

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  6. This is incredible and you are a wonderful mother for instilling those qualities in your children. My son is almost 5 and I am always trying to teach him about compassion and giving- especially by showing him examples by doing those things myself. They truly leanr by example and you have a wonderful heart!

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  7. What a great cause! It is so awesome to see kids take initiative and start something wonderful like this.

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  8. What a sweet guy! I love the heart of a child. They always seem to know how to makes someone's day!

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  9. Your son is such a sweetheart. I love this cause. It is so great to see something like this for kids!

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  10. Oh my goodness. Your son is seriously the sweetest little man ever. That is so thoughtful of him and many kids at his age are so not like that. This is so heart warming and helps realize that there are good people out there. There are good parents who are raising their children right. People (I am guilty of it) tend to get so jaded by watching the news and how awful things happen daily. And it is so much worse when kids are also doing horrible things, but this puts things into a new light and helps realize that there is not all bad in the world. Good job on raising such a sweet boy and I am happy that the girl from his school is doing better. Wonderful post!!!

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  11. Wow. I can understand why you're so proud. I wish more people took the time to raise their children to be kind people, good people who care about others. Bravo to you for raising such an amazing son. :)

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  12. You must be so proud. That is such a gorgeous thing to do for someone.We always talk about installing these kind of values into our children (when we do have them one day...)

    I can't wait to be proud of my children like this. I truly hope the little girl is well on the road to recovery. So sad and she would have been so young. I'm glad everyone is helping her mother though.

    Katie <3

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  13. What a darling son. You have so much to be proud of in him, which I am sure you already know! I cannot wait for moments like this when I have children someday.

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  14. Aw that is so sweet!!! What a giving and thoughtful little boy you have!! <3

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  15. That's so sweet!! You must live in Arizona :) I think I remember that when that happened last year to the 5th grader :(

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  16. aww he is such a sweet kid!! i would be one proud momma!! :)

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  17. All your hard work is paying off momma! You have raised a sweet, compassionate young boy. I'm sure you will see many more examples of your influence as he grows up.

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  18. This post hit me in the feels. What a sweet caring boy you have.

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  19. Oh, what a sweet sweet boy you have. It's amazing how much our children can teach us about selflessness and charity.

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  20. This is so sweet! That's one of my biggest fears about being a parent- having to teach them serious life lessons and explain why some people get sick etc. Glad to see your son is on the right track (and glad the little girl is doing okay!)

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  21. How lovely! Such a kind and considerate little man you have there.

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  22. That is the sweetest thing. You sound like you have an amazing little boy on your hands!

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  23. What a sweet, sweet boy. You are one lucky momma!

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  24. What a sweet little boy! Glad to hear she's doing better, a stroke in 5th grade... wow.

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  25. What a sweet little boy! A child's heart is an awesome thing! Glad the little girl is doing better. Having a stroke that young is crazy!

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  26. My daughter is obsessed with Tripp Halstead- a little boy that was all over the news when he suffered serious brain damage in a freak tree limb accident. She always wants to give her toys to Tripp!

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  27. So so super cute and sweet! Love the action shot! He's got such a good heart at such a young age! you're doing it right!

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  28. I think it's wonderful Stinky donated all of his money! You and your husband have raised him so well!

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  29. Aw, what a loving action on his part. I think the best way to teach kids love and kindness is to lead by example.

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  30. aww, what a sweetheart!! I definitely think that kindness is taught through example, and you are doing a wonderful job!

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  31. What a sweetheart! Love love love this!

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