Are you worried that your child is obsessed with superheroes and whether it is bad or not?
There is no surprise that young children from around 3 years of age start worshiping their favourite heroic character. The power, strength, mannerism and acting can be the specific aspect of a superhero that attract a young mind. Batman's cape, spider man's web can suddenly somehow be part of your daily conversation. And it won't be a surprise when you find Ninja Turtle suits popping up in your shopping list.
Each day as children grow they find out their body can do more and more things and in it's own way they are discovering their own power and that is what happens in most superhero movies. Like Batman who was not born with any super power but donned a cape and mask to become a super hero.
As young children realize they are no longer a helpless infant, and that they can now run, jump, and climb, pretending that they're super heroes is actually a way for them to gain a sense of confidence and competence in a positive way. Through this they can feel fearless. They will experience being brave, learning about the good and the bad guy and how to solve a conflict.
So what life lessons can you tell your child based on superheroes?
You don't need super power to be super hero.
Batman shows you anyone in this world could be a superhero and to be a hero you don't need to be born with special powers. Bruce Wayne, the real guy inside the batman suit can't fly but declares, “It’s not who I am underneath, but what I do that defines me,” said Batman in the 2005 film, Batman Begins.
As Peter Parker's Uncle Ben says: "With great power comes great responsibility."
So you're child can learn to be responsible when playing the role of being superhero and as a child. After all those disappointments with MJ, Spiderman is still going around to save the day and be the friendly neighbourhood Spiderman.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles:
Be a teamplayer. If you're going to defeat bad guys being a team player is essential. Although there is Splinter as a leader, the Ninja Turtles have to work in a team and listen to their leader Splinter.
The Incredible Hulk:
Mr. Green is actually a nice guy; up until he gets angry. So the message to kids is always keep that temper under control or it could land you into big trouble. From the saver of situations into the trouble maker.
Superman: One man can make a difference. Superman didn't become a hero all at once, it took time to develop his skills and determine his weaknesses. We all have the power to make a difference in the world, we just have to pick the right outfit. Superman worked alone to save people and does what he can to make a difference.
Don't let imperfection define you. Not being perfect does not mean we wont be able to accomplish something outstanding. One of the most important lessons kids need to learn is that they should not strive for perfection, no one is perfect. The truth of heroism is anyone and everyone has the potential to be a hero whether they are perfect or not.
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What lessons have your children learnt from superheroes?