Recall the age old question, ‘if you found lost money, what do you do?‘?
While out a couple weeks ago, my daughters were eager to get where we were going, so they were at least 10 feet ahead of myself. They were half-running, chattering away and very excited about their day.
All of a sudden I saw one of my girls stop and pick up a pile of 20 dollar bills off the ground. She immediately ran full speed ahead and stopped a lady ahead of her. This lady put her hand into her pocket, dropped her jaw, went flush and looked so grateful and relieved that all was not lost.
Well, you can bet my smile was ear to ear at witnessing this event! I was extremely proud to see that my daughter put another before herself – without even a second thought. When I caught up to my girl and asked about the money, she had very little to say about what happened, like there was no question as to what she should do in the situation.
Perhaps it’s the belief in karma, and that the universe gives back what you give in, yet no matter how you look at it – the simple truth is: kindness counts.
My kids aren’t strangers to random acts of kindness. In fact, they even point out when I forget to pay for the persons order behind me, in a drive though coffee run.
Then, when my kids think of others during their own day to day life, I commend them for it. It’s at this time when we as parents can open up the discussion on thinking of others and the importance of kindness – all in the name of helping out and paying it forward.
Previously I shared my daughters #BeSuper superpower, her official name: Katie the Kind. Indeed, I just adore and value this strong side of her personality. Even in my other daughters great big Super Smile, I view spreading happiness as another route, that brightens the day of those around you.
Again, kindness counts.
It’s in this train of thought that I asked my super girls, “What were some great ways to show kindness to others?“. These are their ideas:
- Have a playdate with someone you don’t see often and just have fun. And serve snacks.
- Make a nice card or picture for someone, for no reason. Especially if it’s not their birthday.
- Put change in a donation box. Or, tape it to that picture you drew, that’s a nice surprise.
- Tell someone they look nice today or that you like their pretty dress.
- Always say please and thank you with a smile on your face.
- If you don’t play with toys anymore, you need to give them to kids that will.
- Make sure no one is excluded from playing at recess.
- Hold open the door for others and say thank you when they do it for you.
- Share your candy.
- Tell Mom and Dad they are good cooks, even if you don’t care for it much.
- Always say ‘I Love You’.
I guess if it’s all written down and thought-out in advance, these acts aren’t entirely so random. Yet, planned or not – any attempt to brighten someones day is one awesome thing to do.
From the mouths of my twin girls, doing these and other acts of kindness makes you a superhero – each day and every day.
How do you show kindness to others?
I have partnered with Barbie for their ‘Be Super’ campaign and I receive special perks as part of my
affiliation. Yet as always, the opinions stated are my own. . .