I would really like to know why kids get so obsessed with superheroes, and if my kid catches the fever, where might be the line between obession and unhealthy obsession?
a bunch of our friends have boys who are REALLY REALLY into batman, superman, and of course spiderman. there’s one kid who I’ve had in sunday school for a couple years. he’s got an amazing memory, but, in my opinion, he uses his powers for not-so-good, as he can quote, in full detail, volumes of various episodes of “teen titans” and scooby-doo and whatnot. of course he’s also quite good at learning our memory verses and such, but he is forever talking about superheroes and other various cartoon characters.
as a sunday school teacher, it drives me a little nuts, as a friend of his parents, it causes me some concern, and as a parent of a little boy, it kinda freaks me out. I know this kid’s parents are great, and they actually limit their kids TV time, so it’s not like he’s watching it all day. but I have a feeling he’s thinking about it all day.
something inside me says this cant be all that good. is it completely unrealistic to want kids to be that excited about Jesus? I know it doesnt have to be one-or-the-other, but still, why all this passion and energy over something that’s just make-believe? (these are actual questions, by the way, for any who care to give an answer).
I was never really into superheroes when I was growing up, so maybe that’s a sticking point for me. I went through a star wars phase, but I was mostly a transformers and lego kid. I think I can see the appeal of the supernatural in the superhero stuff, as it seems as if we were made to desire and admire things that are greater than ourselves. but if in a couple years all Caleb can talk about is spiderman this and spiderman that, is there, or should there, anything to be done?