The world has a firm idea on what makes a hero: to be a hero, you should be wealthy, musical, handsome, daring, and possess movie-star qualities. Persevering, trusting and obeying God, or facing obstacles don’t seem to make it on the hero list. How can parents shape what a true hero is for their children? Here are some ideas:
*Watch television with your child. Ask questions about a character’s actions or words. Talking about characters can help guide your child from passively accepting and absorbing everything that happens to actively processing what is being viewed.
*Talk about heroes. What qualities make a person a hero? Does a hero have to be perfect? Can any person be perfect? How are worldly heroes and godly heroes similar? Different? What heroes have you known? Tell stories about heroes that you have encountered.
*Read about godly heroes—inside and outside the Bible. Read and talk about men and women who God has used and how they obtained their strength and wisdom from God.
*Talk about advertising and the subtle ways we may be influenced—not just kids, but adults also.
*Talk about how can we honor God and glorify his name in our own lives.
One long lecture about heroes won’t change your child, but a hundred quick discussions may influence how your child approaches heroes and role models. When an opportunity to discuss hero qualities arises, use it!