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Parenting with a Story by Paul Smith

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FIFTEEN

Kindness

Teaching a child not to step on a caterpillar is as valuable to the child as it is to the caterpillar.

—BRADLEY MILLAR

Like thousands of people in cities all over the world, Kristin Pedemonti1 spends much of her time on the sidewalk holding a sign. And like many, her sign is cardboard with handwritten letters in faded black marker. It’s a familiar scene. Most people walk by without even noticing her. Others see her and her sign but choose to walk past. But the ones who do stop approach with a smile and have their lives changed for the better. Some just for the day. Some for a lifetime.

Why? Because Kristin’s sign isn’t asking for spare change, nor does it say “Will work for food.” In fact, it doesn’t ask for anything at all. ...

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