Raising Heroes

What wanting to become a superhero does to kids

What wanting to become a superhero does to kids

ABC, one of the main Spanish newspapers, published this very interesting interview (original in Spanish) by Laura Peralita of Manuel Antonio Fernández, a Spanish neuropediatrician which I've taken the liberty of providing here in English. The bold highlights are mine to enable fast reading if you wish.

Harnessing the power of kids passion for superheroes is a powerful way to communicate and get them to reflect on being a Hero: being strong, being brave and most of all, being kind to others.

While they are creating their hero identity, they're in the mindspace of Heroes. This is the right moment to talk to them casually about Heroes.
 
“Who is your hero?”
Don’t be surprised if they answer “my parents”. Parents are typically the biggest reference to children. This places a great responsibility on parents to lead by example. What does your child do that reminds you of…you?...


Fun cut-out hero-masks

Fun cut-out hero-masks

"I wear a mask not to hide who I am but to create who I want to be"
Batman
Nothing says "heroes" quite like a cool mask.
 
Getting your child to make a hero mask is a fun, creative and insightful experience. Children at our Academy events - and at regular family lunches and dinners - always reacted wonderfully when given a hero mask to make for themselves.
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Black Panther as a kid

Black Panther as a kid

Black Panther. A first.
 So I took Shade - their heroname - over to our Sky Patroller look, one we developed for the more dramatic, darker heroes. Slightly darker red with textured black inserts. And Blackbird wings, of course. I said Sky Patroller didn't I? They went Full Gear up: sweatshirt, pants, vest and wings.
Before running off to team up and go heroing with a 3 year old Streak, I had a nice talk with...