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Putting on the Armor of God: Does Your Child Enjoy Pretending They Are a Superhero?

With the upcoming release of Superman Returns in theaters, little boys (and sometimes girls) everywhere are begging their moms for the official Superman Returns costume. If mom doesn't consent to the $25.00 costume then a beach towel pinned onto the back of their shirt will have to do. They jump off the couch yelling some sort of superhero slogan, looking to see if we are impressed. What is the fascination with dressing like a superhero? Most children go through the stage; pretending they can fly, scale buildings and exert their superhuman strength.

When our children do face bad guys in real life, do they act like a true superhero, changing into their outfit in a phone booth and conquering their archenemy- or do they cower in fear because they feel like they’ve been whipped before they even start? Most kids don't realize that they already possess superhuman strength without even putting on a physical costume. Unfortunately even fewer know how they can access this strength.

As parents, we need to teach children how to put on the whole armor of God as Ephesians 6:13-17 says, "Therefore take the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having girded your loins with truth and having put on the breast plate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the equipment of the gospel of peace, taking the shield of faith with which you can quench all the flaming darts of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the spirit, which is the word of God." By teaching our children God’s word, especially helping them to memorize scripture, we are in effect dressing them for battle as they enter the cruel, harsh world we live in. God teaches us that when we speak His word to situations when 'under attack' our army General (Jesus) comes forward and takes the flaming darts for us. Help your children realize that dressing up is not just a kid's game. It's something we all can and need to do throughout our lives.

Beth Rimstidt is a stay at home mom of two young children. She is passionate about helping parents teach children how to gain the favor of God by learning his promises,character and laws. As a result of her own experiences, she has created a website dedicated to parents and educators seeking the way, truth and light in their children's lives. For further information visit to find free, kid friendly lessons that grab a child's attention while teaching them God's precious word.