Disclaimer: I was compensated for this post by Burg Pediatric Dentistry (the “superhero dentist guys” as my boys call them), opinions expressed are all my own. Even though my review of them is over, I was so impressed that we are still going there!
Every mom knows that her kids are superheroes.
She knows that like Batman, her kids may not have been born with super powers, but they do have super ideas. “Where does he get all those wonderful toys?”
Like Yoda, she recognizes that the smallest heroes are sometimes the wisest. (And she secretly wishes they could use The Force to retrieve everything they drop while harnessed into their car seats.)
She sees the soul of a samurai in her little Wolverine wannabes. (Especially after the last movie.) Since “samurai” essentially means “to serve” she isn’t surprised when they take a little brother under their wing, shun bullying or unload the dishwasher without being asked.
Like Buzz Lightyear, she giggles as she watches imagination and reality collide. She watches them fly down the last 5 stairs to come to dinner …or should I say “falling with style.”
And every once in awhile, she sees Hulk unleash himself …usually right before dinner time.
She cheers for the Captain America in each of her kids and encourages them in their dedication to do the right thing.
When Daredevil: The Man Without Fear peeks through, she makes him wear a helmet as he builds bike and skateboard ramps on the sidewalk. She secretly wishes these dare devils had more of Daredevil’s radar sense, making them more aware of their surroundings.
She preaches what Spiderman’s uncle taught him, “With great power comes great responsibility.” Of course that is followed up by a list of chores …you know, to help with the becoming responsible part.
She remembers that even though some days start off cranky, people can change. Kids want to be good and they recognize the good. MegaMind is a great example of this. So is Darth Vader. (The first time we watched the whole Star Wars series with our kids, I cried as Luke took off his father’s helmet. “See boys, people can change! There is goodness is everyone.”)
And in my case, I see a lot of Superman in my kids. They share an adoption story, come from a different background than their earthly parents and have amazing hair. Plus, Superman is just a great, brave guy! I see a lot of him in my kids. (The bravery is especially noticeable at the dentist!) Since my kids have really incredible open adoptions with their birth families, I often wonder how Superman’s story may have played out differently if he always knew where he came from. More confidence and empowerment? I think so!
I say, raise a parental fist bump to these little wonders who amaze us every day with their great ideas, emerging responsibility, natural goodness and bravery. They save the day with their hugs and kisses and unconditional love.
Your kids are superheroes.
*A special thank you to Stan Lee for helping me understand my boys just a little bit more. “Nuff said!”