“So in everything, do unto others what you would have them do to you.” – Matthew 7:12
Today we had a play date with some friends. I made up a secret thoughtfulness game to play while we were there. I said that I was going to watch for areas they were being thoughtful to their friends. I had them come up with examples and gave them a few of my own. Some of the things we came up with included sharing toys, helping with tasks, saying nice words, giving them something, sharing food, etc. I said that the game would be our secret, but if I saw them being thoughtful I would say a color. If I didn’t catch them, but they were trying to be thoughtful, they could say a color. So, if I saw Abby trying to share a toy I would say, “Abby, did you see their black dog?” It was a fun little game, and I think they liked that we had a secret code. I had to do some whispering in their ear to remember the game, and we had a few hits and misses, but I think the concept was good. Play dates have so many teachable moments, and it’s a perfect time for lessons in thoughtfulness.