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Hero Training 101: Teaching Your Child About Responsibility

Heroic acts aren't just for comic books and the TV screen — true heroism is about stepping up every day to give help where help is needed. Use these role-playing scenarios to teach your kids how to be real-life superheroes. Act out each scene with them, having them take turns being the "hero" and the "victim," while the other children act as passive bystanders. Let them dress up and use props to make it fun. Tell the "hero" to respond how they would if they were actually in that situation. Then discuss their choices and tell them what they did well and what they could have done better. Stress that being a hero means coming to someone's rescue when they need help, even if nobody else is helping. After all, superheroes are supposed to stand out!

  • The "victim" pretends to be checking out at a grocery store in front of the "hero," and accidentally drops a $5 bill without realizing it. The ignorant "victim" starts to leave the store…what does the "hero" do?
  • The "victim" is a shy, unpopular kid at school who is sitting alone at lunch. A bully walks by them and knocks their lunch tray off the table. The "victim" looks very sad and slowly starts to pick up their ruined lunch... what does the "hero" do?
  • The "victim" acts as an old lady walking up to a store entrance carrying a large, heavy bag with one hand while using a walking cane with the other. She stops in front of the door because her hands are too full to open it… what does the "hero" do?
  • The "victim" is a quiet, nerdy student walking down the hallway at school, holding a homework project that he just completed. A bully walks up, unaware that the "hero" is watching, and pushes the nerdy kid down. The bully grabs the "victim's" project then runs to class. In class, the "hero" sees the bully turning in the quiet kid's homework project, pretending it's his own, while the "victim" sits in the back with his eyes on the ground. What does the "hero" do?
  • In this case there is no "victim," but a litterer walking through a park, throwing food wrappers on the ground as he goes along. The "hero" is walking behind him… what does he do?
  •  The "victim" is a teacher who is being disrespected in class. All the other students are whispering and giggling, ignoring the teachers' orders to be quiet. What does the "hero" do?

By Kati Raymer


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