You don’t have to be involved in clinical research in psychiatry to know that what you do and say are important to your kids. Children often go through a phase where they love superheroes because those characters save the day. However, you can be a hero in the eyes of your children too. Here are a few things you can do to assure your place as superhero mom or dad to your kiddos.
Play, Teach, and Learn Together
Kids love it when you play with them—from a simple game of catch, to an all-out NERF war in the backyard. That doesn’t mean you have to entertain them all of the time, but playing with your kids is a natural stress reliever. Plus, through play, you can teach your children about the world, while learning from their responses and curiosities. For instance, take your kids on a nature walk and play I-Spy with the different kinds of animals and plants.
Be Present and Attentive
Some people are too caught up in the chaos of their work lives to notice that their children are growing up, quickly. To never miss a moment, be present and attentive. Talk to them and truly get to know your kids on personal levels. These kids need their parent now—not 10 years from now when you decide to look up from whatever you deemed more important at the time.
Encourage Them to Work Hard for Their Dreams
While true that they can be anything they want to be, the fact is that they have to work hard for their dreams. Make sure they know this, but be encouraging as you can be. Show them through setting a good example and being a good person. You are the role model that they need, after all. And THAT in itself is superhero material.
Show Kindness, Respect, and Acceptance to Others
Regardless of bad blood or negative feelings towards someone else, you should never insult someone in the presence of your child. Showcase kindness, respect, and acceptance, and your kiddo will follow your examples. It can be difficult to display those kinds of traits when someone hurts you or gets on your nerves, but show your children that nothing gets solved through anger or hatred.
You don’t have to wear a cape or have a cool saying to be a hero to your children. You simply have to be present in their lives, while loving them unconditionally and wholly for everything they are. Be the hero and role model you would want to have.