Kindness Rocks!

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kindness rocksWe recently went out as a family and walked along a local hiking trail. As we continued on the path, my son noticed a brightly colored treasure peeking out among the leaves. “What is that mama?” he asked as I held up our find. It was a rock painted a vivid blue and inscribed with the word Peace.

We found our first kindness rock!

Kindness rocks have been appearing all over our town, and it seems to be a trend that is making its way across the country. What are they?

Uniquely painted rocks with words of inspiration or fun pictures hidden in various places to spread love and joy to others.

When you find one, the direction might be to post it on a special Facebook page, re-hide it, or keep it depending on the creator’s wishes. In our town, they can be found at our lake, at an elementary school, or even the local Dairy Queen! Probably some of our best finds were on a rainy day at random indoor places.     

Why are these so special? The whole process is something that a mom can embrace. The first step of creating the rocks makes for a fun indoor or outdoor project. Then, the hiding and finding of the rocks are like a big game of “Huckle Buckle Beanstalk” with all your neighbors. And you can’t forget to have mom check Facebook to see if anyone found your creations. Very exciting! 

Because we had a lot of fun with this new hobby, my daughter decided to paint rocks and hand them out to her classmates to celebrate her birthday at school. Since edible treats are a thing of the past, these kindness rocks were the perfect thing to take in for my little fourth grader. 

Want to get started creating and looking for your own kindness rocks? These sites might help: The Kindness Rocks Project website or FB page. Our town has its own Facebook group; you may want to search and see if yours does, too.

Have you ever created or found a kindness rock? Comment below with what yours would say.

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Shannon has lived in Fairfield County, CT for most of her life and currently lives in Monroe. She has a daughter L (September, 2008) and a son B (May, 2012). Shannon balances being a wife and mom with working 186 days out of the year as a special education teacher. Thank goodness for vacations, summer break, and snow days! You can be sure that she fills those days with as many amazing activities and outings that she can think of to make up for the time that she is at work. In a distant life, way before babies, Shannon was an aspiring actress and musician. You can sometimes still find her leading sing-a-longs with her guitar at the kids’ playgroups or at her daughter’s school.

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