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Mom Gets a Little Help from Wonder Woman

July 17, 2012

By Karen Ruben

Let’s face it. Sometimes in real life the “wrong” choice is a lot more fun, glamorous, and entertaining than the “right” one. And the person plugging for the right choice (a.k.a. Mom) can be kind of a drag.

I am always pushing my kids to be generous and helpful and look out for others, which is, of course, not as much fun as being selfish, lazy, and putting yourself first. This combined with my encouragement – well, maybe nagging – to eat healthy foods and wash your hands has over the years tarnished my image as the fun and glamorous person I set out to be.

This is why I am so enjoying my 4 year old daughter’s new fascination with the Justice League, the all-star team of superheros comprised of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Flash, and other spandex-clad titans.

I never thought my girls, who usually go head-over-heels for Pipi Longstocking and Fancy Nancy, would be interested in superhero stories, but we found a little comic book in a cereal box and now we take it everywhere we go.

What I like about the Justice League joining our lives is that their stories make doing the right thing and going out of your way for others awesome and fabulous. And the Justice League are much stronger and more successful when they work together, like a family. In the Justice League everyone’s contribution counts, like a family. The Justice League members stick together and don’t rest until the job is done… like a family!

If these fabulous, glamorous super heroes (especially Wonder Woman) pitch in and work together, it must be cool. Superheroes make doing good seem as wonderful as I have always thought it was. And with Wonder Woman on the job, I don’t have to nudge quite as much. Ahh, the power of books!

If you have a book that supports your parenting and entertains your kids simultaneously, let us know. We can use all the help we can get!

4 Comments leave one →
  1. kate permalink
    July 18, 2012 1:15 am

    I love the insight to this post! I have 2 superheros in my care a Captain America (4 yr) and a Hulk (2yrs) it is amazing how the power of suggestion can work…. “What would Captain America do”… goes a long way in helping my little superheros make good decisions…ahh the power of a good story.

    • July 18, 2012 1:12 pm

      How funny. Who would have thought that moms would benefit so much from superheros? Does the same line of questioning work with the Hulk? “What would Hulk do?”

  2. Mimoe permalink
    July 18, 2012 1:32 am

    Great perspective and one more way to reinforce doing the right thing as our little ones learn more and more about the world.

    • July 18, 2012 1:13 pm

      Exactly. Positive inspiration can come from the most unexpected places.

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