When we think of heroes we may think of police officers, firefighters, and doctors. But kids can be heroes too. Sometimes in big, noisy ways and sometimes in small, quiet ways. We all have the power inside to be our own hero!
In my book, Joshua and the Lightning Road, Joshua discovers he has magical powers, but he quickly discovers that sometimes the power he’s had all along within himself is even bigger than magic. He tells his friend Charlie. “You don’t need powers to do the right thing. All you need is to believe in yourself.”
Kapow! You’ve got the power!
Maybe you overcame a fear or faced down a bully. Maybe you volunteer to make other people’s lives better. Maybe you helped someone in trouble or just made someone feel special when they were feeling sad. Maybe you made a difficult choice such as ending a friendship because you weren’t treated very nice. Maybe you gave the gift of time to someone. We don’t need “special powers” to be powerful and we don’t need to do big things to be a hero.
My new Kid Heroes page on this website will feature inspiring kids that have the courage inside to embrace their own power. Send me a note about a kid hero you know and I will feature them here. Be sure to fill out the consent form to send in for your kid hero. Would your child like to be interviewed here? Let me know! Are you a kid hero yourself? Have your parents contact me!
For each kid that I feature I will donate $10 to the Kids Wish Network, a special program that grants wishes to kids who face remarkable challenges and are in desperate buydiazepambest.com need of hope.
One of my favorite child heroes is Anne Frank, who lived for over three years in an attic with her family to survive during the Holocaust. Anne Frank inspired me as a kid with her words. She taught me that I could be my own hero. It was because of her that I started a diary that helped me find my own power through writing.
Anne wrote in her diary, “Despite everything, I believe that people are really good at heart.” She was a quiet hero but her quiet words had the power to affect the world.
My first kid hero feature, my son, Joshua
Joshua isn’t afraid to be different. He doesn’t follow the popular kids to be cool. He just wants to be himself, an artist. And this is challenging for him at times, not being involved in sports as so many kids can be. Recently, when a friend kept hurting his feelings Joshua stopped calling him and relying on his friendship and he reached out to other kids to hang out with. He also is kind and sensitive to others. When a new kid started school in their last year of elementary school, my son made sure to include him in things so other kids would too. Joshua likes to raise money for charities by doing charity bike rides with his dad and enjoys helping others as a Boy Scout. On a recent visit to his great-uncle who lives far away, Joshua spent hours engaged with him about his life stories all the way back to when he served in World War Two. Joshua’s interest and visit made my uncle feel very special. Joshua is definitely a kid hero to me!
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Stephanie@Fairday's Blog says
What an awesome idea! I will think about the kids I know and what they are doing that could make them a hero. I already have some ideas! 🙂
Joshua is an inspiration with his positive thinking and knowing that we have the power to do the right thing. I agree with you about Anne Frank. What an amazing young woman she was and I love the quote you shared.
Donna Galanti says
Stephanie, thanks for the enthusiasm! I look forward to any kids you nominate! It’s so hard being a kid sometimes as I see my son going through it. Kids should be reminded of how awesome they are in all the little things they do. They are so brave in finding their way at times.