Teach Kindness by Being Kind to Yourself

Celebrate National Random Acts of Kindness Week!

As a parent, it’s a no-brainer that you want nothing more than for your kids to grow up healthy, happy, and confident. You also likely hope your children will grow up to be thoughtful and kind. However, sometimes that might be hard to imagine; especially at 9 pm when your little angel is throwing a tantrum that resembles an episode of Wild Kingdom. Fear not, it happens, and lucky for you, this month it's Random Acts of Kindness Week, taking place the week of February 17th. 

Being kind to others is a worthy goal, but before you can teach kindness to your kids, start with being kind to yourself.

Of course, you want to be kind all year long, but this week serves as a gentle reminder of how important showing kindness to others is. So, hold the door open for a stranger, leave an extra tip for your server, and switch over one of your chores with your spouse’s least favorite one for the week (you can do it). These are fantastic random acts of kindness. BUT, when you celebrate this special week, concentrate on being kind to yourself, too. 

Need some inspiration? Here are three ways to show yourself a little love (and maybe some forgiveness).

Give Yourself a Pat on the Back

As moms, we often tend to downplay our achievements, both big and small. We spend so much time focusing on others, we end up feeling like we don't have time to celebrate our personal victories. 

But, taking a moment to recognize your accomplishments can help boost your self-esteem and ultimately make you a more patient, confident mom. So, whether you just ran a marathon or made it out of your house wearing matching socks, give yourself a high five. 

Let Yourself Let Go

We're often so quick to apologize to someone else, yet we can't let it go when we forget to pack our kid's lunch. Moms are notorious for feeling guilty, heck, we're masters at it. 

If you make yourself a coffee. Guilty. If you take a shower so you don't smell like spit-up and old baby food. Guilty. And, if you go for a quick jog around the block...forget about it. Mega guilt trip. Well, not this week, Momma. Crank up the session 'Feel Good Taking “Me” Time' and choose at least one thing a day to do that's just for you. Let go of the guilt and be in the moment. If guilty feelings start to creep their way back in, remember, this is for your kids, too. Happier mom, happier kids.

Give Yourself a Gift

Random, unexpected gifts are the best. They show someone you were thinking about them. So, think about yourself, and get something that is just for you. It doesn't have to be super-expensive; like they say, it's the thought that counts. You could pick up a new scarf, a coffee from your favorite local cafe, or even a fresh flower. The point is, find something that means something to you, and let yourself enjoy it. 

Everyone deserves a little kindness, and that includes YOU, Momma. If you want your children to show kindness to others, it starts at home. Not to mention, you’re also showing your kids how to treat themselves. 

Think about that the next time you want to beat yourself down or criticize yourself. Instead of turning to negative thoughts, focus on the positives; MamaZen is also about shifting your mindset. Always remember, you are worth it and so are your children.

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