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