Goes a long LONG way!
I had some errands to run today. And I had to take the kids with me. At one of our stops - a small health food store - the owner complimented me on my children and how well behaved they were. And then complimented me on how I was handling them during our shopping there. (And we were there quite a while since I was searching for a new vitamin...) The feeling his friendliness gave me was overwhelming. I really needed to hear something like that. Lately, I've been feeling quite stressed with the harvest and the new house and school starting and fall coming... I have been feeling like a less than adequate mother. The little encouraging pat on the back was just what I needed to help keep me going.
The kindness of a stranger is a powerful thing. Spread the kindness.