Donning the Superhuman Costume
Children of today are imaginative. Most of them tend to imitate whatever they see on television. Unfortunately, what they watch and copy aren’t always good examples of best behavior. This is especially true when it comes to watching television shows featuring superheroes.
Batman, Superman, and Spiderman are the superheroes they idolize the most because children admit that they want to be like them. They fly, they soar to new heights, they climb up the walls using their bare feet and hands, and they get out of sticky situations without a single scratch.
Well, here’s where it gets tricky, and as parents, take heed of this advice. When your child puts on his Superman costume, it means he’s raring for action, and maybe he’ll even do whatever he can to “fly,” believing that he can do what Superman does. This is dangerous because flying really means flying – he might try to leap off high places in an attempt to fly like Superman!
A recent report published by the Archives of Diseases in Childhood says that children, especially boys, overestimate their abilities and power and are prone to fractures and bruises. The cases that have been recorded are that of three boys who had fractured bones after attempting to fly and not really knowing that it’s impossible. What they usually do is climb trees, let their imagination take over, and soar to greater heights—but they end up falling instead.
As parents, it is best if you try to monitor your child. There is actually no harm when it comes to putting on a costume because that’s how a child can make his imagination and creativity fly. But when he gets up on the roof, that’s another matter, and you should make sure to get them down safely.
There is also another way to curb the overactive imagination of children. Television superhero shows are here to stay, and children would watch them over and over again. So it is best if you explain to your child that what happens on television doesn’t really happen in real life. Talk to him one on one. Give him a brief background on these superheroes – that they are cartoons, they are not real, and sometimes, just played by actors.
Your child may not fully understand the danger of it all but at least he would get the idea that it’s unsafe for him to imitate everything he sees on television.
So whenever you see your child donning his favorite Superman costume, just remember to keep him on the ground.