Imitation Is Dangerous

Children love to imitate and make believe. They yearn for the latest props advertised by the mass media.  Unfortunately, these make believe characters tend to have supernatural characteristics. Young children are not able to differentiate between real and unreal, and the ability to develop the skill of discernment is inhibited by the constant dishonesty of the popular media.

 

There is no such person as Superman, Spiderman, Batman, Ninja Turtles, Barbie, Care Bears, Snow White, Ariel or the like. There is no such person as Santa Clause, Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy or the like.  Allowing young children to be introduced to these characters hinders your ability to introduce them to the God of Heaven. Young children learn best through concrete and tangible lessons. If they are introduced and taught to love popular characters that do not really exist, and claim to have supernatural powers, their fascination will draw them to all the toys and theme parks based on these characters.

 

If instead, the parent introduces and teaches the young child to love the creatures and creations of God, they will naturally be drawn to these things. Nature itself will provide you with a never ending source of concrete and tangible lessons to help you teach your child about the invisible, supernatural powers of a loving and ever-present God.

 

One last warning: Resist the temptation to purchase items of clothing or toys that depict popular characters and especially scenes or items of violence, such as guns, swords, spears, monsters, ghosts, or "super" heroes. This will help prevent unnecessary harm due to aggressive play related to the imitation of these make believe characters and toys. In order to maintain peace within the home it is important that the children learn and practice peaceful, pro-social behavior.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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