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There are Super Heros Among Us

This summer, we are getting slammed with movies featuring comic book superheros and they’re turning out to be the biggest blockbusters in history. With the Avengers kicking off this summer’s action movies, and the amazing Spiderman and the dark Knight rises appearing soon, there seems to be a common theme arising. In today’s society like in the past, kids have heroes. And I think it is pretty good that most of our kids can identify with the characteristics of their favorite superhero. With extraordinary powers and skills, a superhero is a type of character dedicated to protecting the public. And there are characters who do not require actual powers to be deemed superheroes; these characters without superpowers are costume crime fighters who perform the same functions as a superhero fighting crime with their wits, skills and abilities. But what about the heroes that our kids identify with on a daily basis- from outstanding athletes to pop stars? It seems that the process of selecting heroes today has become rather confusing.

The term “hero” often describes a man or woman who has been recognized as having performed a heroic act in one form or another. It’s usually the result of some extraordinary circumstance that a person usually finds themselves in a situation that tests their character through their actions. While on the other hand, a superhero can be described as one who seeks out circumstances which test their character, skills and abilities. They are often driven by their passion for the truth, and to protect the people around them. Many of our kids have been taught or at least allowed to select their heroes/role models based on nothing more than skill or popularity status. It’s a shame that our kids don’t know much about their heroes beyond their particular skills or status. But as a parent, we can adjust those views.

As a parent, we can be a person of integrity. Integrity demonstrated by a parent affirms that he/she strives to be a reliable and guiding influence; they say what they mean and mean what they say. Compassionate about staying connected to their family and providing for them. A parent’s confidence is about being self-assured in their being and the positive example they set before their family (it is not arrogance). A parent demonstrates perseverance and bravery when they endure life’s trials and courage when facing difficult circumstances.

We as adults need to be heroes to our children. Sure a superhero or athlete makes a flashy role model and many are worthy of the status, but let’s be careful to teach our kids what makes a person worthy of hero or role model status.

By Dave Armstrong;

1 Comment to There are Super Heros Among Us

  1. July 24, 2012 at 12:13 pm | Permalink

    You can definitely see your skills within the work you write. The sector hopes for even more passionate writers like you who are not afraid to mention how they believe. At all times go after your heart.

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