Up, up and away! for kids, superheroes such as Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman & Spider-Man aren’t just fictional comic book heroes. These are options as to who they are going to be now and when they grow up.
Most kids by the time 2 years old hits are more than aware of the facination of superheroes. Especially these days with a new superhero movie being released every 13 seconds. Still – I remember when I was a kid, every bathroom towel and bed sheet was used as a cape as I ran through the house making flying noises. As far as I was concerend, I was Superman – there was no question about it. These days though it’s even better. The costumes and role playing get ups kids have access to (granted their parents are willing to pay for them), are amazing. Look out clean, organized house, it’s superhero, crime fighting time. Is that a good thing, or not so much?
This particular mom says…”I’d about had it with my tiny Batman impersonator until my mom, who’s well aware of the intensity of his super stage, called me last week to say she had heard a psychologist talking about the confidence-building benefits of superhero play on the radio. Apparently, kids who pretend to have super-smashing abilities or to fight crime like the Caped Crusader are markedly more confident than their non-role-playing peers.”
Letting these little guys whisk through the house fighting crime also benefits in building self esteem. As a 2 year old, kids have such little control over their own lives. By stopping imaginary trains and bending steel with their bare hands, protecting a whole world lets a child try on that cloak of competence and confidence.
By putting on a mask and cape from Target or Walmart, or even making one at home inspires creativity. The things they can come up with while playing with their action figures are these thourough, comprehensive scenarios beautifuly execuded. Keep in mind they are doing all of this while not even knowing how to talk yet.
So, God forbid they are not attempting to jump off of any roof tops, all of this is great, but can get old. You have to be really supportive and find creative ways to foster their superhero play in order for them to get the full benefits from it. Just be warned, some days the house will be a disaster from defeating the worlds super villains and some random days, they will be the bad guys…these are the days that it is more than your house that takes a beating. But to let them grow into creative, confident people – it is worth it.
To read this mother’s full article at Popsugar.com, CLICK HERE.