This post is sponsored by Great Homeschool Conventions. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
I’ve shared before how much I enjoyed the Homeschool Convention that we went to last year. There is still time to get to a Great Homeschool Convention this year–in Cincinnati at the end of this month, or Ontario, CA in June. Also, if you are a blogger be sure to watch for info about the blogger meet-ups at each location.
I’ve shared with you some of the ways I think attending a homeschool convention will bless you. But we all know that life isn’t just about us, right? So today, I want to give you some ideas for how you can bless someone else at a homeschool convention.
I’ve shared before that I think it is very important for us to be intentional in our lives. We have to be intentional in our marriages and we have to be intentional in showing kindness. If we wait for that perfect opportunity, it may never come. Instead, we have to look for those ways to show kindness.
Get them there
- As I’ve said before, going to a homeschool convention was such a blessing to our family! Do you know of a family that could benefit from this, but can’t afford it? Get them a ticket to the convention. This is especially great for local families who would only need the cost of the ticket. You can get that ticket for $55 (single) or $70 (family).
- Are you in a crowded session? Offer someone your seat up front. Or if there is standing room only, offer them your seat.
- Be attentive. Okay, this should be a given, but be kind and respectful to your presenter and other attendees and be attentive to the presentations.
- If you get to the session early, offer your help to the presenter or coordinator. Just be willing to follow through even if it’s a not-so-glamorous task they ask of you.
- Remember that presenters often are stressed out and have very little time to relax, chat, or do anything else during conventions. Maybe bring a small gift for one of your favorites without monopolizing their time.
In the Vendor Hall
- The workers at vendor hall booths are often volunteers and/or small-business owners who work way more hours than they get paid for. They are likely stuck at the booth for a lot of the day. Make up some small goody bags to hand out to them with a sweet note thanking them for their contribution to the homeschooling community.
- Even if you don’t have time or money for goody bags, stop with a smile and wish them a good day. Let them know that they and their work are appreciated.
- Instead of getting ALL the things you want, maybe you can make do just a bit and save $20 to pay it forward. Purchase an extra copy of a popular item and tell the worker to give it away to the next person who comes to buy it. The cool thing about acts of kindness like this is that you get to anonymously bless someone, and the person passing on the act of kindness gets blessed too since they get to be the one to hand out the good news.
- Volunteer at a booth. Is there a particular company that you have worked with or loved? Ask if they need help in their booth. Many companies are always needing extra volunteers, even if it’s just for a quick errand.
Out and About
- Pay for someone’s meal! This is one of our family’s favorite RAK’s. We’ve had it done for us a couple of times as well and it has always tremendously blessed us.
- Many times there are large families who are packing around a lot of stuff–activities for kids, diaper bags, etc. If you see a mom struggling, offer her some help. She may not accept, but even if she doesn’t, she’ll probably appreciate that you took the time to offer.
What would you add to the list?
What is your favorite way to pay-it-forward, or what is your favorite random act of kindness to bless someone with? I would love to hear your ideas!