Being a Mom and going through the routines and schedules of school, church, after-school activities, family obligations, and all that being part of a family entails…is exhausting. Motherhood is a beautiful and messy job. Between the diapers, sticky fingers, crusty faces, and the general mayhem that accompanies children, us Moms find moments of laughter, snuggles and peace. Then there are the big whiffs of baby head and soft skin mixed with love. (Every Mom knows that scent, right??) The good hugely crushes the exhaustion and we keep going.
When the outside world’s dangers and unpredictability nears the shelter of our homes, we can grow weary just when we need our strength…to smile through the dirtiest diapers and fighting-est kiddos. It is SO good to hear of positive work being done in the world. There are people who strive for kindness, bravely inspiring grace in the world. Our kids’ world needs the good.
But first, you’ll want to hear how we were inspired to inspire others!
Recently, I was invited to be a #CFAPittMoms Chick-Fil-A Pittsburgh Mom Ambassador, with a meet-up event. What an honor. My family loves Chick-Fil-A’s food, the restaurant, and the friendliness of the employees. When we eat out, our options are mainly fast food. With four kids who love to make their presence known, it’s often times just easier. Chick-Fil-A is usually our go-to restaurant choice and always a good one. The food is fresh, healthy, and filling. I am kind of in love with the grilled chicken sandwich. And the lemonade. And the chicken noodle soup. And the waffle fries. And any of the sauces…
Back to the Blogger Ambassador event: (I’m easily distracted by my love of Chick-Fil-A and food in general…) The event was hosted by Chick-Fil-A and The Motherhood, and what an event it was! We were greeted on a red carpet and treated like part of the Chick-Fil-A family. It was an evening of generosity and values, along with information about Chick-Fil-A’s brand and coming menu items. While being served up kindness and graciousness, us Pittsburgh area bloggers were fed Chick-Fil-A’s best menu items. That’s not a bad night, at all!
Besides serving us healthy, fresh, and sustainable food, Chick-Fil-A does an amazing job of inspiring with their family-like values.
Based on the remarkable movement and the remarkable leaders at Chick-Fil-A, I wanted to share a family version of inspiration. This is a challenge for your family, for kids, and for you to make a difference in small and meaningful ways, over a week’s time. This is one week challenge (because let’s face it, any longer than a week is a lot of commitment when it comes to family time and kids needs. Sometimes a commitment of 10 minutes is a lot to ask!)
7 Day Be the Change Family Challenge
This challenge is simple. Gather your family and get ready to inspire and be inspired. Get ready to be the change and inspire the change in this world! Each day, you’ll open an envelope together as a family and inspire. Inspire each other, inspire others, and inspire yourself with good. Your week of challenges will be a time of growth and intention for your family. The great thing about growth is that growth doesn’t stop. Whether we’re talking about children or weeds, growing doesn’t end. And adults don’t stop growing either! This challenge is about being brave, being inspirational, and being full of intentional growth. Get ready to have fun, too!
The Seven Day Be the Change Family Challenge
Print off this challenge card and all of the others in the 7 Day Family Challenge by entering your email HERE. You will be directed to your free printable. OR just read from the info below 🙂
DAY 1: Notice.
Notice and appreciate others and the world around you. Is a friend being helpful at school? Did a stranger stop and pick up a piece of litter? Observe and tell them “thank you.” for doing something helpful that makes a difference. Does someone on the bus look sad? Ask them how they are feeling or if something happened that morning to make them sad. Do you notice a mess in your classroom or house that needs cleaning? Be the change and go beyond the expected. Soon, others will notice you being the change and will follow your example. And if no one notices your attempts? Open your mouth! Not to brag, but rather, invite others to notice their world, too.
- Make a card for someone you notice having a bad day.
- Create a care package for a sick friend or neighbor.
- Help a stranger by holding a door.
- Give toys or clothes you no longer need to charity.
- Give an unexpected gift of baked goods to a neighbor.
- Give school supplies to a teacher to stock their classroom.
- Thank your postal worker for their hard work. Give them a glass of water or a snack.
- Thank your teacher. They work hard and many days, get little appreciation. Thank them with a jar of candy or a small gift along with a word of thanks.
- Start a Gratitude Journal. Each night before bed, write down a few things that you are thankful for. This could be done as a family or individually.
- As you sit down to dinner, go around the table and name 3 positive things that happened for each person that day. Discuss accomplishments and how you can help others in your family accomplish their goals.
- Listen to a friend with a positive attitude. If you notice negative words or complaining, turn it around with optimism. Help your friend turn a big problem into a series of smaller, accomplish goals by writing down strategies to help.
- Draw a family collage of happy thoughts. Each family member can add to the artwork by drawing pictures and writing down things that make them happy. Hang the collage art in a place that is always seen, like the living room wall. You can even frame it!
- Deliver flowers to a neighbor you don’t know that well.
- Donate books to the library.
- Write kind notes for siblings.
DAY 6: Patience.
Being patient can be hard! When a friend just isn’t listening to what you have to say, when a child demands attention with a tantrum, or when a driver blows their horn at you on the highway…patience is self-control in difficult situations. Showing patience can have a real impact on other’s behavior and attitudes, though. Today, purposefully and intentionally pause before speaking to others. Ask yourself if you have a thoughtful and patient response. They may not realize you are exercising patience in your interactions, but your meaningful words will resonate.
- Plant seeds together as a family. Talk about how we need patience to wait for the plant to grow. Water your plant every day!
- Talk about times when you must be patient as a family: waiting in line at the grocery store, waiting for a doctor’s appointment, or waiting for an upcoming fun event. How can you make these times of waiting more tolerable? Make an action plan for situations where patience is required.
DAY 7: Joy.
At the Chick-Fil-A meet-up I saw a quote that really inspired me. I shared an image of the quote over on our Twitter feed. “Nearly every moment of every day, we have the opportunity to give something to someone else- our time, our love, our resources. I have always found more joy in giving when I did not expect anything in return.”-S. Truett Cathy
- Turn someone’s negative outlook into joy with a kind word, a small gift and word of thanks, or patience.
- Create Joy Art: Use watercolors, paints, and markers to create a work of art depicting joy. What means joy to you? Talk with your family about what Joy means to each family member and how possessions are not real sources of joy.
This post was sponsored by Chick-Fil-A and The Motherhood. All opinions are my own.