World Kindness Day 2019

Today is World Kindness Day! This year (in America at least) today has been linked to Mr Rogers and his messages of kindness. For those of you who don’t know, Mr Fred Rogers was a musician, writer, producer, puppeteer and a minister. He created and hosted his TV show, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood from 1968-2001. The show was aimed at children and Fred covered children’s emotional and physical concerns in an honest yet gentle way – topics such as death, sibling rivalry, school enrollment, and divorce.

Since my move to America from the UK, I have heard lots about this magical man and am just amazed at how in tune he was with not only children, but with how he used his platform to help adults to understand how to talk to their children about what could be perceived as difficult subjects.

For World Kindness Day this year, there has been a photo challenge to wear a cardigan in honor of Mr Rogers. What a great idea! I love the thought of people spreading kindness and recognising it in others just from wearing a cardigan!

I’ve been thinking again about my strive for a Play-Life Balance and how kindness links in with each strand. It is a choice that can affect which way the balance can tip. Kindness can sometimes feel like a hard choice, but still – there is the option; be kind, neutral or unkind (maybe being neutral is actually unkind too? Hmm…) Over on Facebook in the next seven days I’m going to show you how kindness lends itself to a Play-Life Balance – with hints, tips and strategies for educators and other playful adults alike. Let me know if you try any of them out!

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