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3 Simple Ways to Encourage Your Children to be Heroes + Giveaway {LGH #7}

As the mother of two little boys, I can attest to how into heroes little boys can be. It doesn't matter if it's a fantasy superhero such as Spider-Man, Captain American or Batman or a real life heroes like police officers and firefighters. How can we encourage them to become heroes themselves? Here are 3 simple ideas to encourage your children to be real life heroes.

As the mother of two little boys, I can attest to how into heroes little boys can be. It doesn’t matter if it’s a fantasy superhero such as Spider-Man, Captain American or Batman or a real life heroes like police officers and firefighters. If there is saving people and fighting off bad guys going on, you better believe they are completely obsessed.

I love this about little boys, don’t you? Their childlike wonder as they dream of becoming the next Spider-Man is fun to watch.

For the record, I do believe that little girls can and do enjoy superheroes, some more than others. I think little girls admire Princesses more than they do superheroes, at least I’ve found that to be true in my small 3 years of having a little girl.

As a mother, it is our job to not stifle this passion of our children’s.  We shouldn’t be so quick to stifle their imaginations because it’s “fantasy”.

It is our job to foster their interest and fan the flames of their curiosity. We shouldn’t just stop there, while historic, fantasy and even real life heroes are fun and exciting and should be encouraged we need to make awesome heroes from the Bible an even bigger priority. Batman is fine, but even better is David, Elijah, or Paul.

By doing so, you are determining that your main parenting goal is to raise adults who love the Lord with all their heart, soul, and mind; kids who bring glory and honor to Him with all that they do.

When we make that our goal, making sure that biblical heroes are the center focus of your home becomes the first priority.

True heroism starts with a passion to love and serve God through actions, stewardship, relationships, and obedience. Pg. 66

When we make heroes (biblical and fiction) exciting and worth imitating we are in turn creating more heroes. Our children will be taught how to act like a hero. They will learn courage, bravery and integrity when reading and learning about how these heroes handle themselves.

3 Simple Ways to Encourage Heroes

Books

Read, read and read some more! Reading aloud will strength your relationship with your kids and so much more. But don’t stop there, fill your home with books that are filled with heroic tales. Make sure to have a variety so that there is always something available-Bible stories, historical fiction, fantasy.

Movies (or shows)

There are so many movies and shows out there today to foster a love for heroes. Torchlighters is one of our newest favorites as well as the Nest Family Bible videos. The classic Lone Ranger and Zorro are also great choices. But there are so many more. Go with what your little ones are into at the moment because we all know that they do things in phases. One week Captian America is amazing while the next King David is the best.

As the mother of two little boys, I can attest to how into heroes little boys can be. It doesn't matter if it's a fantasy superhero such as Spider-Man, Captain American or Batman or a real life heroes like police officers and firefighters. How can we encourage them to become heroes themselves? Here are 3 simple ideas to encourage your children to be real life heroes.

Make it Come to Life

Whenever possible make what they are reading come to life personally. Act it out, do a puppet show, memorize a part of a speech or Bible verses related to the hero they are into at the moment. If you are lucky to live near any historical sites that are connected to a hero be sure to make time to go visit. Make memories that your kids won’t forget!

I love the way Sally says it in the Lifegiving Home Experience workbook:

There is more to developing heroes, of course, than simply developing minds. Children also need to have their hearts inspired and their imaginations engaged, to be exposed to the possibilities of heroism and the values that fuel it. They need to see heroism in action and grow up on stories of people who have lived valiant lives. Pg. 67

Mama, don’t underestimate the power of heroes and role models on your children. There is not much that beats watching your little ones run around being a Bible character, a superhero, a princess or even a police officer. While it may feel like rowdy playing, it is developing their character, enriching their imagination and creating your own little hero-to-be.

Today’s Challenge:

  1. Read the July chapter.
  2. Go to the library and choose a read aloud (or movie) about a hero of your choice!

GIVEAWAY!!

Enter for a chance to win 3 Torchlighters DVDs! Share heroes of the faith with your children!

Torchlighters has become one of our favorite heroes series to watch. They are clean, engaging and inspiring. They tell the story of all the great heroes of the faith. My kids love them! I’m so excited
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Your turn! What hero are excited about introducing to your child today?! Let’s share ideas in the comments below!

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20 Comments

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    kathy olson
    January 20, 2017 at 7:57 am

    Thanks so much! I am interested in having my kids watch these.
    My favorite hero of the faith is Joseph.

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    Michele Morin
    January 20, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    Wow, what a great series! And have you seen the YWAM press chapter books for older kids with many of the same heroes featured?

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    Heather Hart
    January 20, 2017 at 12:35 pm

    What a great tool for younger children. In hindsight, having a child that’s a hero brings whole new challenges. We are dealing with this with our 12-year-old. We’ve taught him to stand up for what’s right, and he does it. And that doesn’t always end well. He breaks up fights, and stops bullies. And in return he gets broken glasses and has lost some friends. That’s always hard to watch as a mom, but it’s good to know he is doing the right thing.

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      Anastasia Safee
      February 16, 2017 at 4:11 pm

      That is sad but doing right always is the better road to take. At least I think so! He’s definitely a hero in my book!

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    Angela Howard
    January 20, 2017 at 2:34 pm

    As a mother of a 17 year old and 15 year old I will second that idea of reading aloud with your kids. We still do it and some of their fondest memories are of the time we have spent together reading. It’s key to pray and ask the Lord what character he is already tugging on their hearts to develop and then get a great book to back that up. Bravo for being intentional! I’m your neighbor today at #graceandtruth 🙂

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      Anastasia Safee
      February 16, 2017 at 4:10 pm

      I love hearing that you are still doing read alouds with your teenagers! What fun memories you’ll have when they’re adults!

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    Tonya
    January 21, 2017 at 9:35 am

    Esther would be my favorite.

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    Julie Waldron
    January 24, 2017 at 6:32 pm

    My favorite hero is Jesus.

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    Audrey Stewart
    January 24, 2017 at 8:02 pm

    I love these so much! I have 4 young ones in the family who would these. My favorite hero of the faith is Joseph.

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    Margaret S Porter
    January 24, 2017 at 8:58 pm

    Mary is my favorite

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    LeAnn Harbert
    January 25, 2017 at 12:08 am

    I’ve always admired Corrie Ten Book ever since I read The Hiding Place.

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    Leela
    January 25, 2017 at 12:54 am

    Noah.

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    Rob
    January 25, 2017 at 8:41 am

    Abraham, a great man of faith.

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    Milt
    January 25, 2017 at 8:45 am

    I admire Moses, a man of much patiencce.

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    Marc
    January 25, 2017 at 8:48 am

    Noah, A man of endurance, is who I really admire.

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    Paulet
    January 25, 2017 at 8:52 am

    I admire, Paul, a remarkable man against all odds

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    Malv
    January 25, 2017 at 9:02 am

    A brave and justice seeking, David, a man patterened after god’s own heart.

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    Aaron
    January 25, 2017 at 9:06 am

    Job, who Persevered under some dreadful circumstances, is a favorite of mine.

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      Anastasia Safee
      February 16, 2017 at 4:04 pm

      Job is a great example! We’ve been talking about him a lot this week in our home. 🙂

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