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Naomi Holdt penned a beautiful post that is going viral, for sharing how kindness has the power to heal and how we can imprint it onto our children.


Global (15 February 2023) – This week marks the annual “Random Acts of Kindness Week” with Friday the 17th of February being Random Act of Kindness Day. In the spirit of Kindness, a beautiful piece is being shared around social media, that shares how kindness plays a vital role in healing.

The piece was written by Naomi Holdt – an Educational Psychologist, Speaker and author with over two decades of experience in working with children and families. But this is not the first time Holdt’s writing has gone viral; in 2021 an opinion piece about “Creating A Calm And Secure Space For Your Child During Chaos” was shared all over social media.

Late last year, another one of her pieces, “A gentle reminder about why you are utterly exhausted“, went viral. The piece shared just how much we have been through since the start of the pandemic, and how to be gentle with ourselves. Now this new viral post rounds it all off nicely, with a little kindness.

Kindness by Naomi Holdt

Kindness is essential for healing. Without it (and a whole lot of compassion for ourselves and our fellow human beings) this world will continue to tear apart.

Kindness begins at home- just like every other aspect of life. Our wiring as adults and the basis for how we treat one another, begins with what we experienced in our childhood years. Our children are learning how to do life from us


How we treat others.
What we say about others.
How patient we are with one another.
How empathetic we are to their needs.
Where our priorities are.
What we value.
Where we put our time and energy.
How we treat and talk about ourselves…

These aspects begin our children’s blueprint for living.
Their blueprint for living kindly.

As parents who are members of the human race, we will all have moments of “messing up.” At these times, show kindness and forgiveness to yourself too.

I’m not saying this next part isn’t super hard somedays, but when you have absolutely no idea how to respond to whatever your child is doing or saying, here’s the fall back question that will always “lead you home”:

“What’s the kindest thing I could do for my child in this exact moment?”

Our children will grow up to be adults who reflect to others what we role-model to them…

A revolution of kindness is urgently needed…. and it begins with how we parent our children.

With love

You can find this post and many other inspirational ones by following Naomi on her Facebook page here.

Sources: Naomi Holdt 
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