Skip to main content
  1. Life
  2. Family & Parenting
  3. Parenting Issues

Making someone's day in a simple way

See also

Sad issues in the day can deflate your teenager’s spirits. Not doing well on an exam or a tearful break up with a boyfriend or girlfriend can set your teenager’s emotional dial to hopelessness. It’s times like these when you as a parent have to help them to look outside of themselves and push through the sadness. By showing them a real-life example is a good way to let them know that things can work out, even in the bleakest of moments.
CBS Sunday Morning showcased a man in Nebraska who volunteers at a chemotherapy clinic as a greeter. As the patients walk through the door to their chemotherapy treatment, Jon McAlpin’s smile and cheerful conversation brightens their day. Then the report revealed that Mr. McAlpin has terminal cancer and is also a chemotherapy patient at this very clinic.
When he first learned that his life would be cut short, he was naturally depressed. Yet, he resolved to not let this define his remaining days. He would rather spend his time on a worthwhile cause—by passing along to chemo patients a warm smile, encouraging words and a few hugs.
This early morning news story can serve as strong life lessons to your children. What better way to show them that helping others can do wonders to a person’s self-esteem? Also, not letting any limitations (in this instance health) slow a person down. On that same vein, Mr. McAlpin is able to use his empathy to help out patients that may have been scared as they walked through the doors. Another point is everyone has something to contribute. Sometimes a simple gesture, like saying hello, can pump up a person’s spirit, even the greeter’s.



  • Randy Travis
    Randy Travis returns with 'Influence Vol. 2: The Man I Am' in August
    Today's Buzz
  • Alternative medicine
    Alternative medicine: Remedies to make the bugs in your body go away for good
    7 Photos
  • Beach body
    Fitness: Earn your beach body badge with bootcamp classes
    10 Photos
  • Back to school
    These 10 items are sure winners on your back-to-school shopping trip
    12 Photos
  • Izabel Goulart
    Izabel Goulart walks the runway with Studio F at Colombia Moda
    19 Photos
  • Ombre' technique
    Go for the gusto: What ombre' technique are you?
    5 Photos