Monday 7 November 2016


#CapturetheKindness photo image

I'm delighted to be taking part in the #ClangersforKindness campaign and am giving away two adorable Clangers Rucksacks to the best image in my #CapturetheKindness competition.  A post in the run up to World Kindness Day.

We all know the deal.  Kindness often costs nothing but can make a real difference. Sometimes my family and I can need to leave places because our autistic son's are having difficulty with the environment or what's happening. There will be times when we cannot prevent a meltdown or when 'it's just not happening today'. 

Not everyone understands what it's like to be autistic or to have autism in the family.  They don't understand why my son will cry if the music is loud or why the other one will have a meltdown if we need to walk a different way around a supermarket.  They don't understand why my son squeals or why my other one can't stay still.

But what everyone does have is the ability to be kind. Thank you to the man who switched table at the cafe so my son's could sit in their familiar place. Thank you to the lady who smiled at us because what she saw was a boy smiling and not a boy squealing.  Thank you to the shop keeper who picked up my change when I couldn't put David down.   Thank you to the boy who wrote to my son and to the little girl who helped him when he got a bit lost during his class assembly. These are tiny acts of kindness that made such a difference to our day. 

So I'm very pleased to run a competition in collaboration with #ClangersforKindness.  This campaign is about encouraging everyone on our beautiful blue planet to be kind, just like the Clangers are on their little blue planet too. But what kind of competition to run?   For me it was easy, it's got to be images.

Many autistic people are visual learners.  In fact images, symbols and even sign language are all utilised on a daily basis with my kids.  You might see me showing Anthony a photo of a person we are going to meet so he feels prepared or you might see me signing with our pre-verbal son David. It's all very visual.

So I'd love to see images and photos of kindness in my #CapturetheKindness competition

Cuddly toys wearing Clangers Rucksacks

To win these two sweet kiddie rucksacks featuring the Clangers, simply include #CapturetheKindness when posting your images and their stories. Don't forget to follow me on your chosen social media so to make it easy to contact you if you win. Here's what to do:

You can enter as many images as you like - the more, the merrier. The competition will close at midnight on 30th November. I'll share/like or comment all entries on my social media unless you state otherwise on your post.  I want to be overwhelmed with gorgeous stories and photos of kindness and I may also feature you on photo round-up posts. Now, if the video wasn't inspiring enough here's a few words to get you thinking.

The Little Things, by Margaret Lindsey

The little things are most worthwhile
A quiet word, a look, a smile,
A listening ear that's quick to share
Another's thoughts, another's care...
Though sometimes they may seem quite small,
These little things mean most of all.

Show me the kindest person you know.  Show me a child who has just been kind to their sibling or friend. Show me a photo of the results of kindness, that mowed lawn, a birthday card, the calmed child or the smiley face.  Show me by the end of November to be included in the draw.  Get set go!

Clangers Rucksacks by step

The winner will be picked randomly by me the day after the competition closes on 30th November. The prize of two Clangers Rucksacks as displayed above be sent direct from  #ClangersforKindness Campaign, Coolabi Media Group.  Judges decision is final, no cash alternative.

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  1. Oh I will definitely have my eyes open for acts of kindness. Kindness really does make all the difference in those manic moments. Thank you for linking up to #EatSleepBlogRT

    1. I have added some photos from Ig hun. Thank you for linking up to #ablogginggoodtime 🎉

  2. This is so great, imagine how much better the world would be if we all looked for the kindness! #bigpinklink

  3. Back again, this time with #TwinklyTuesday

  4. This is a great competition! It is so wonderful that you have thought of such a meaningful idea. Kindness doesn't cost much at all and sometimes a small act can have such a great impact. #bigpinklink

  5. Great competition! I have to get snapping! Thanks for sharing. #candidcuddles

  6. What a lovely idea for a competition. Kindness really is so important, it's a quality I'm trying very hard to nurture in my children. x #CandidCuddles

  7. A great competition and something every child and adult should be taught x #MarvMondays

  8. Totally agree. Not everyone can understand autism but everyone can most definitely be kind. Fab comp. Thanks for linking up to #MarvMondays. Kaye xo

  9. Kindness costs nothing! #DreamTeam

  10. Great idea for a competition! That poem is beautiful too. The small things really do make a huge difference x

  11. Awe that video was priceless, if only the world could listen to children! Made me almost cry, just gorgeous! #TheList

  12. fab competition and I think kindness is very important!

  13. As the phrase goes it's the little things in life that become the big things. Good luck with the giveaway!

  14. Oh I love the Clangers and agree, it doesn't take a lot of effort to be kind or show kindness. There are lots of little things you can do to be kind to the planet too! #MarvMondays

  15. A little bit of kindness can be all you need to get you through a bad day. #marvmondays

  16. Such a wonderful idea for a competition. Everyone can benefit from a little bit of kindness - it doesn't take much to give a smile to someone who might be having a bad day, or help out someone you know might be struggling #MarvMondays

  17. Lovely idea for a competition. We all need a little more kindness in our lives! #KCACOLS

  18. aw what a cute campaign and definitely up for spreading more kindness! #KCACOLS

  19. The world would be such a better place if people were just kind to each other. I'm so pleased to hear about the kindness that's been extended to you. :) Warms my heart knowing there are good people out there.

    Thanks for linking up with #KCACOLS and hope to see you again soon x

  20. That's so wonderful, we all really do need to be more kind and equally see more kind :) #MarvMondays


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