I AM a sports fan, but I don’t usually watch replays. And I certainly don’t search for clips of athletes to listen to what they had to say on the field. However, I watched a clip on Tim Tebow because of all the hype about him. I assumed that someone had posted this clip on Facebook either to show how religious he is or to humiliate him in light of the Denver Broncos’ huge loss this past weekend.

What I discovered was a guy just trying to play some football and showing kindness to his teammates…especially to those teammates who had made mistakes. Tim continually spoke winning words, and every word was positive and full of kindness. What I did NOT hear from him was religious slang or him trying to persuade someone to believe as he believes.

It really doesn’t matter to me whether you are religious or a Tebow fan. And it doesn’t matter if you believe the hype is just that—hype. Any mom who taught her son to speak words of kindness to those around him, especially in stressful times, should be commended.

Kindness heals. Kindness inspires. Kindness wins in the end regardless of whether you win or lose the game. Use whatever influences you can to instill a desire in your children to be kind to others. I am not suggesting one of those influences be Tim Tebow—I mention him only as an example. A look that says, “I still believe in you,” when the chips are down is a gift to anyone—no matter the age, religious affiliation or lack thereof, race, or economic status. We ALL need acts and words of kindness.

I think Mark Twain and Mother Theresa said it best:

Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.
~ Mark Twain
Spread love everywhere you go, but first of all in your own house.
~Mother Teresa

Dr. Phil has a statement that I love: “Sometimes common sense just isn’t that common.” Common sense parenting certainly seems rare. If my blog inspires just a few of you to use common sense with your children, I feel vindicated.

Take time this week to offer a gift of kindness to those around you, and teach your child the value of this gift. Use an illustration in your world to make your point. It doesn’t have to be a religious illustration—not that there is anything wrong with that—but let’s not overlook the basic good in people because we might not agree with everything they do.

Written by: Donna McClintock, COO with Children’s Choice Learning Centers, Inc.


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