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; Authenticdads.com