My little superhero learns giving back isn’t always easy

My daughter has always been extremely generous. She’ll share her last bite of her favorite snack (unless it’s with her brother), and offer to help me when she’s in the middle of something she loves.

She has a HUGE heart. So it was no surprised when she said that one of her super talents (along with art) was helping people.

Last month Barbie sent us a cape and decorating supplies to turn Lil’ J into a superhero. And this month we put that talent to good. We talked about some ideas for how she could help people she didn’t know. One idea was donating some of her toys to charity.

Since she’s done similar before. I suggested we buy new toys and donate those instead. We found out that was a lot harder.

Help your kids find their superpower, then encourage them to share it with the world.

It’s one thing giving something you’re “done” with. It’s an entirely different thing picking out toys you don’t have but want, and giving them to someone else instead. The experience had some ups and downs but taught a good lesson.

Here’s a video of how it went down.

We took the toys to Partnerships for Children. It’s a nonprofit that helps children in foster care. I think Lil’ J was expecting to see some kids when we dropped the toys off, which of course wasn’t the case. But she did get to see photos of kids she could be helping.

Help your kids find their superpower, then encourage them to share it with the world.

Megan and Marcus helped her fill out a donation form, and she was so proud to hold it, and for what she had accomplished.

I’m so proud of her too. There was a moment in the store where I wasn’t sure we’d be able to finish shopping because she was so sad she couldn’t have one of the toys. I sat on the ground with her and told her a story about a Superhero an awful lot like her, who went shopping and bought special toys for kids who didn’t have new toys. By the end of the story Lil’ J was ready to finish the job.

Now I’m trying to keep her aware of her spirit of kindness, and doing my best to help it flourish as she grows.

Help your kids find their superpower, then encourage them to share it with the world.

( I asked her to give me a superhero pose and this was is… She’s a hoot.)

She might not be able to fly, read minds, or disappear. But she has the power to light up a room and brighten my day. I’m so lucky to have this little superhero in my life.

What’s your little one’s “super” talent?

*This post was written in partnership with Barbie in an effort to help our children #BeSuper. Lil’ J and I used our own money to buy all of the toys we donated to Partnerships for Children. All thought and opinions are our own.

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Dana says:

Love this whole post. Great to see Lil J learning to give to others so young. The cap is so fun that I want my own!

Thanks so much mama! 🙂

Monica says:

Awww, what a sweetheart. I’m happy she got an opportunity to do that. That is the kind of experience that sticks with a kid and makes them feel good for a long time. You’re a good mom.

Thank you Monica! I really hope she does remember it for a long time! I’m so proud of her.

Lisa says:

Hey there, what a great post. Giving is not always easy, I am glad that you were able to take time to teach her about its importance though. I tried to watch the video, but it said it was set to private.

Thanks for letting me know Lisa! I fixed it! And thanks for reading 🙂

Mari says:

Great share love the values you are building. My little one will be 20 in a few weeks and I am very proud to see her generosity at work often. Giving back is a well worth lesson to teach for sure 🙂

Wow! They grow fast don’t they? Man, I can’t imagine the day I’m saying my baby is 20. I’m so glad your baby is still so generous!

AprilD says:

Little J is definitely a superhero!!! I love this and hope others follow w/ their little ones. As an adult I definitely need to do this on a more regular basis 🙂 Please keep up the great post!

Thanks for your sweet comments April! She is my little hero 🙂

Danielle says:

Love this!!!

I asked J what his super power is – he told me he doesn’t have a super power, he has brain power – which is why he is so smart.


Ok, he is AWESOME! Love that little guy!

Sharon says:

First of all, you are raising an amazing person. Now to share. My youngest and my oldest, both girls, love to give. However, when they were Lil J’s age, they would give away MY things. I’d look up and see someone—teachers, babysitters–with something of mine. After talking it over with them, they’d give away their things. I had to establish the rule, before giving something away, check with us first. Had to establish this rule because some of the things they would give away were family heirlooms–(had to retrieve those cause they were on loaner from my mom and were to be given back for the next girl in the family).

Now, both girls often give their last dime to those who need it, often putting their own needs last. I’m proud how big their hearts are. As young adults they are truly compassionate and caring.

Thanks so much for your sweet comment Sharon! And WOW!! Your kids are so incredible! I bet you are so proud, especially since they continue to be so generous! What a great mom you are!

MicahP says:

Great post. I love teaching kids to learn the value of paying it forward. Kids should learn this when they are young because they are the future.

Ro says:

As a young woman who was in the foster system at a young age this warms my heart. To see your daughter’s gracious little heart makes the world better. A gem for sure. I can only hope when I have a child I can teach them about such an importanthe lesson. Great job mom and God Bless her little heart.

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