Kindness Matters

Little acts of kindness can make my day better so I try to show kindness and love to others every chance I get. And after this week in the headlines, this post couldn’t be more relevant. I teach my children about respect, inclusivity and love and that they should practice kindness each and every day. From childhood on up to adulthood, we have all been on the receiving end of some sort of intimidation or bashing but with social media and the anonymity of the internet these days it seems like we are surrounded by a lot more negative energy and hurtful behavior.

I try to set a positive example for my kids to practice kindness and come from a place of love. Ryder experienced a bit of bullying at school a few years back and I know kids will be kids but there is no excuse. Parents should always teach their children kindness and love. The kindness starts with us and grows with our children.

Having a public job and being active on social media opens me up to a lot of criticism from readers, trolls and sometimes even fellow influencers and moms. On my blog I open up about my motherhood experiences, the trips we take and the exciting events we participate in. I am also open and honest about very personal things and struggles I have gone through as a mom, a wife and a woman. As much as I try to keep my head up, I take every negative comment to heart. As women and entrepreneurs we should be lifting each other up and supporting each other, not dragging each other through the mud. Words hurt—but a few words can also turn your day around—even turn your life around!

The Kindness Rocks Project mission is simple, one message at just the right moment can change someone’s entire day, outlook, life. Founder, Megan Murphy (who is a mom of three, a kindness activist, women’s empowerment coach, meditation instructor and creativity enthusiast) started the Kindness Rocks Project after an inspirational note she wrote on a random rock and left behind on the beach in Cape Cod was discovered by a friend and changed that friend’s whole day. This fated moment inspired the Kindness Rocks Project—write a kind and inspirational note on a rock and let it change someone’s life. The big goal is that if we all show kindness and love the world will be a better place.

Kindness Rocks Project is a fun, artistic and creative way to get your kids into the habit of practicing kindness every day. I truly believe that if my children can understand how a few simple words can change someones day or even their life, then they will be more mindful of what they say and do. They will show love and kindness every day in small and big ways.

The Kindness Rocks Project is growing and taking hold with a Kindness Rocks Curriculum, where you can cultivate kindness in the classroom and teach, learn and grow with your students. Megan also offers talks and skype sessions to inspire and express kindness. So many people have been touched by the Kindness Rocks Project that Megan has a book coming out sharing different stories and experiences! Kindness is contagious so why not practice kindness every day and pay-it-forward with a message on a rock for someone to discover!

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Once a fashion showroom owner now turned mom and blogger/writer. Brianne Manz lives in New York City with her husband, three children and enjoys their fast paced city life. Her blog Stroller In The City boasts about city living, family travel, kids fashion and all things that are mommy. Being a mom doesn't mean you need to lose sight of the cool stuff. Brianne has has been featured on the Today Show, E! News, and People Magazine to name a few.

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