Life with a superhero is not so super!
ANNAMAY MCNALLY ON HOW THE WEE MAN’S LOVE OF SUPERHEROES IS AFFECTING HER HEALTH
AS the mother of a very boisterous three year-old boy, I constantly find myself trying to keep one step ahead of danger for fear that the Wee Man will run straight in its direction.
Not a big fan of simply walking to his particular destination, the Wee Man chooses instead to run - very quickly and very often without even looking ahead - and manages to single handedly increase my heart rate to worrying levels in the blink of an eye.
And, since he is someone who can move at the speed of light, there have been countless occasions when I’ve found myself wondering whether my son has suddenly picked up superhuman skills in teleportation.
Speaking of superhuman skills, my blood pressure has experienced a further powersurge in recent weeks which, I feel, may be directly relevant to the Wee Man’s new love of all things superhero related.
Almost without the Hubby and I noticing, the Wee Man has developed a genuine passion for his new found best friends, namely Batman, Spider Man and Superman.
Once content to be dressed up by his big sister in her powdery pink dresses and sparkly shoes, the Wee Man has now become a huge fan of donning his beloved superhero outfits and immediately launching into full blown ‘Saver of the World’ mode.
Such is his devotion to his new found idols, the Wee Man has now even gone as far as to convince himself that he does in fact possess the exact same super abilities as his caped heroes - which very worryingly includes attempting to scale walls and hang upside down at every turn.
Now, I know that imagination and creativity are both hugely important factors in developing a child’s mind and personality, but when it comes to the Wee Man believing that he is indeed Peter Parker or Bruce Wayne and trying to jump headfirst from the kitchen table, I can’t help but feel the beginnings of panic.
Similarly, when we’re at the local playpark for a visit, there’s nothing more guaranteed to set my pulse into overdrive than to see the Wee Man prepare to launch himself off the monkeybars because he believes he can actually fly.
So, the question I have for all those wise and knowledgeable parents out there is this: How do I encourage my son’s love of fantasy without allowing him to land himself in plaster as he pursues his superhero destiny?
Suddenly, the Wee Woman’s powdery pink dresses and sparkly shoes sound very appealing, although I’m not sure the Wee Man will be jumping with joy at the thought that his beloved superheroes could possibly ever resort to such fashion disasters...
Anyone who feels they could lend me their wisdom in these matters can contact me by email on firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter @TT_Annamay
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