Be a Kindness Super Hero: Random Acts of Kindness for Kids!


I love Valentine’s Day and the thought of life being about love and doing special things for the ones we love. To be fair, I also just really love chocolate. 

With a young daughter, I try to be mindful of how to keep this special time of year about love for other people and what that really means instead of just an emphasis on romantic love. Romantic love is wonderful, but showing love and kindness towards people we may not know, while expecting nothing in return, is such a powerful thing. I love volunteering in Dallas with her, but there are even more ways we can spread love in the world to others with random acts of kindness.  It is even better that Random Acts of Kindness Day follows Valentine’s Day on February 17

I like to explain to my daughter that doing something kind instantly makes the world a better place to live and can change someone’s day – like having a super power! And just like most super heroes, our power may go unnoticed at first by others, making changes we can’t see but feel. Super heroes rarely are recognized for their good deeds, and that’s why random acts of kindness are best when done without expectation of recognition or even anonymously. We can do special things without telling anyone, sneaking off and keeping the good feelings we just made a special secret with ourselves. 

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My little one being a super hero while picking up her toys!

Once it clicked how much being a randomly kind person is like being a superhero, we started using our secret super power of kindness all of the time! We may wear our super hero cape at home to clear the table or write a thank you note. Outside of the house we may not wear a cape, but we can still tap our super hero powers to help a friend or someone new. 

You can get your little one interested in tapping his or her kindness super power with this printable list of some ideas for kid-appropriate random acts of kindness: 

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Encourage your child to try a new way to be kind, and it can be something he or she wants to try every day! 

How do you talk to your children about being good citizens and kind to others? 

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Lilly, Dallas born and bred, was fortunate to live outside of Texas at a young age to know there’s nothing quite like the world class cultural melting pot, big ideas and small town hospitality of her native city. From the biggest landmarks to the smallest taco stands, Lilly has enjoyed sharing her favorite parts of the city and her family’s journey navigating life in it at her blog, Pancakes and Beet Juice. A note to the joy that’s found in balance of life’s rich and healthy pleasures, Pancakes and Beet Juice and Lilly’s writing at Dallas Mom’s Blog cover topics ranging from food, fitness, family and enjoying new experiences in the city and beyond. Her love for Dallas and adventure is only made more fun by seeing old favorites again through the eyes of her daughter, Heidi, welcomed via open domestic adoption. The days are long but the years are short, and the whole mess is documented through various filters at her Instagram page.



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