With a convertible and a megaphone, Blake Grigsby recently doled out “Drive By Compliments” to random people on the streets.
He complimented clothes, hair, cute couples, coolness, all sorts of stuff. I liked it. I really did. The people who didn’t look totally defensive and suspicious appeared tickled pink at hearing something nice about themselves.
What I want to happen next?
Random Acts of Parent Compliments.
Sure, it’s lovely if you think my shirt is pretty or say I have a friendly smile. But nothing makes me feel better than when someone comes up to me–particularly a stranger–and compliments me on my kids.
I think it’s time to grab our metaphorical megaphones and start making the move.
Walk up to a mom or dad with a smile and tell them, “I can see you’re doing a great job with your kids,” then walk away.
When you see well-mannered kids in a restaurant, stop by the table and tell the parents, “Your kids are such a great example of how to act in a restaurant. Well done!”
If there is a family behind you in line at the ice cream stand and the mom is alone and exhausted but you see her clinging to her patience like a champ as she follows through on a frosty promise, hand the cashier a $10 and say, “Please put this towards their bill-and tell the mom she’s doing a wonderful job of being a mom.”
Too shy to say something? Write a compliment on a piece of paper and hand it to her, tuck it under a windshield wiper, pass it along to your waitress to hand over anonymously. Here’s a print-out sheet of notes I created to make it easier for you. Just open it up, save it to your computer, print it out, and hand them out.
And it’s okay to do it for people you know, too. Trust me–one time I did it, it ended up meaning the world to both of us.
Just…let’s start saying nice things to other parents, okay?
Have you ever complimented or treated a parent?
Have you received a compliment?
What would you like to hear?
I’d love to hear your stories, and I promise to make more of my own from this point forward.