It always surprises me just how…boyish our four year old is. We have never ever put any form of pressure onto him to play with trucks or things generally considered ‘boys only’, but from a young age he has been a living stereotype. Well, this month it has really kicked up a notch and we have inadvertently created a monster.
You see, Liam walked into the computer room one day when my husband was playing Batman: Arkham City and suddenly our son had a new idol. No longer does he live his superhero dreams through the Spiderman action figure that we bought him for his birthday, there’s a new kid on the block known as the Dark Knight and Liam will not rest until he gets to see the Batman in action.
My husband would let Liam sit on his lap and let him play with a few of the movement features, fire off a batarang here and there, and do some gliding through the air. Of course, it wasn’t long before Liam wanted to fight some bad guys, and that’s where I had to play bad guy for real and shoot down any ideas my husband had about letting Liam watch Arkham City combat!
Thankfully, a trip to the local EB Games solved that problem and we walked away with a copy of LEGO Batman 2 DC Super Heroes for the PS3 for $19. The controls are probably still a bit too advanced for him, but he loves being Batman and cruising around breaking things and bossing around Robin (Also known as my husband). He absolutely loves it, and my husband and I get I get such a laugh when we hear his commentary.
“Robin, look out! That bad guy is going to get you!”
“No, Robin, don’t go there. I need you over here!”
“Grr, naughty Batman! I want you to do this, not that!”
“Um, Dad, can you please get Batman up on that ledge? I can’t do it.”
I will admit that I was still a little uneasy about the combat. The game is rated PG here in Australia for mild violence and I was worried that his rough housing would go up a whole new level with exposure to such a game. His Dad is always very quick to point out that it’s just pretend and we don’t go around kicking bad guys in real life. In fact, we were put in a situation over the weekend where we saw a real life bad guy harassing mounted police while we were lined up waiting to get into the annual Alice Springs show. The drunk tried to run away through the line once the paddy wagon showed up, but the people in line were quick to shove him back out again so that he could be arrested. Since he was drunk, he fell to the ground, and even though Liam could see that he was in trouble with the police, he was still concerned that he may have been hurt. It appears our message is definitely sinking in.
Thankfully he wasn’t upset by the situation for long, and all of that was soon forgotten about once Liam saw the Batman showbag…
Kids really are full of surprises.
Have your kids got an obsession with a fictional character? Has that fixation ever landed you in a funny situation? Share your stories in the comments below.