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.
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.
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.
( 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.