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5 Reasons Why You Must Encourage Your Kid to Play Superhero

May 10, 2016 18:11 IST

Whether it is in the form of a superhero themed lunchbox, a comic book, a movie or even a superhero mask, kids are simply attracted to the concept of superheroes. Ever wondered why children love superheroes?

According to a child psychologist at the Human Relations Institute, Dubai, one of the reasons why kids love superheroes is that they get a sense of control and power and they experience a feeling of conquering the baddies and rule the world.

Courtesy: TheNational

#1 Core values

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Playing with superheroes or following them in any way enables your kid to understand the difference between right and wrong, good and bad. The curiosity of your kid to learn the story of your superhero also triggers healthy and informative discussions with you as a parent.

#2 Patience

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According to a study conducted at WellesleyCollege in the US, wearing a Superman cape and hearing his stories inculcated the value of delayed gratification amongst kids. Delayed gratification is defined as the ability to resist the temptation for an instant reward and wait for it patiently.

#3 Teaches your kid to become confident and independent

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We are always made to believe the fact that superheroes can do anything. The dream of playing a superhero is a healthy exercise for your mind. According to a child psychologist, you must encourage your child to let him play superhero, as a parent, in order to make them confident and competent in every way.

#4 Develops the habit of being helpful

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According to a study conducted by a clinical psychologist at Stanford University, possessing superpowers in a virtual mode helps you develop a helpful nature in real life too.

#5 Let your kid use the superhero powers to their benefit

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Children rarely have any control over their life. Playing a superhero allows them to have a sense of power. This can help eliminate their inner fears or anxieties if any.

#6 Coax your kid to eat healthy

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According to Dr Brian Wansink from the Cornell University Food and Brand Lab, children can be gently persuaded to eat healthy food in order to become like their superhero.

However, there are a couple of downsides to the story too. For instance, your kid is exposed to the concept of violence too. Make sure that your kid is not excessively involved in the world of superheroes. 



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