Niketa, Hespeler | March 1, 2018
They have super cool powers, wear colourful outfits, have awesome moves, fly through the air, spin webs, and save the day! Oh, yeah… that’s some super cool stuff!
But so what? Are superheroes purely for our entertainment, or could there be more to their crime-fighting ways that are beneficial for children as they grow and learn? Can we look to superheroes as good role models?
Not every superhero is worthy of being a role model for very young children, as anyone who accidentally showed their kid Deadpool without previewing will attest.
When I was growing up in the 90s I remember liking the Ninja Turtles. I was a big fan of Donatello, the one with the classically retro purple mask. Can I get a solidarity fist-pump?
Donatello’s character is so level-headed. In contrast to the others, he was the smart problem-solver --always inquiring, but playfully. That was something that appealed to me as a child. I connected to his lightheartedness, but admired his ingenuity, especially since I was not always the greatest scholar in the world. His character made me feel like I could be better, but never made me feel bad about it, maybe because of the Turtles’ goofy, pizza-loving antics.
In other words, for me it was never about the fighting and violence that so often causes parents to steer children away from superheroes as role models.
That’s just one example. Whatever characters your children love, we have some wonderful programs coming up for March Break at all Idea Exchange locations. Attend Jedi training and make your own lightsabre, meet and greet famous Princesses, step into the shoes of your favourite Lego character, and more! Take a look at our March calendar of events.
See you there! Cowabunga, dudes!