Aloha Friday: Minimum Age For Superheroes
Being a geek, I love superheroes. I grew up watching He-Man, Superfriends, Spider-Man, Batman: The Animated Series, Superman and more. Super powered individuals who protected the innocent from the forces of evil resonated deeply with me and I spent plenty of time pretending I was super-powered as well. It should come as no surprise that, when I became a parent, I wanted to introduce my children to the world of superheroes as well.
I can’t remember exactly NHL’s first encounter with superheroes, but it might have been a Spiderman kids’ book. After that, I expanded to Batman: The Brave and the Bold and Ben 10 (both the original series, Alien Force and now Ultimate Alien). NHL and JSL love running around pretending to turn into aliens. I even went online with them to the Superhero Generator to let them make their own heroes.
Unfortunately, I’m not sure if the world of superheroes is having a bad effect on them. Their playtime together seems to revolve around them “turning into” superheroes and fighting each other. NHL will also “turn into” a superhero to ignore us/run away from us instead of listening to us.
Part of it is their normal development, I’m sure. After all, siblings fighting isn’t abnormal. Neither are kids who want to do their own thing without their parents telling them not to for whatever reason (dangerous, no time, homework to do, etc). Still, I find myself wondering how much their normal development has to do with it and how much has to do with the folks in spandex and capes.
Thus, my Aloha Friday question for today is: At what age did you introduce your children to superheroes?
Thanks to Kailani at An Island Life for starting this fun for Friday. Please be sure to head over to her blog to say hello and sign the MckLinky there if you are participating.