Superheroes and aggressive play in boys

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Superheroes and aggressive play in boys

Your son loves to play with superheros and action figures and you feel like his play is getting more aggressive, what should you do? Boys love power play. In fact, it is very important for their developmental experience, feeling powerful. When they start to become aware of the world around them, they want things around them that makes them feel powerful so they don't feel so small all the time. However, the action figures and the superheros that you are choosing for your child to play with are key. Media has a huge influence these days. The superhero movies are for PG-13, and they see the superheros solve their problems through violence. We want to encourage our boys to have power play and do things that make them feel more powerful, but not have it be violence driven.

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Sara Schuelein Perets

Preschool Director

Sara Schuelein Perets is the founder and director of The Sunshine Shack preschool and the co-founder of Super Duper Arts Camp which is a summer camp and after school enrichment program designed for ages four to 14. Sara also teaches seminars and workshops to educators on process based art and exploration and is a parent educator. 

Sara’s original background was in art and classical texts and her first teaching assignment was teaching Shakespeare in Middle Schools. This experience inspired her to further her education in teaching where she found her true calling in early childhood.  She became fascinated by observing how young children could learn and develop from interacting with their environments. She has been working in the early childhood field for 15 years. Sara is passionate about raising awareness of the importance for quality in the early childhood field.

Sara’s approach to working with young children is one of respect and empathy while seeing each child for their individual needs.  Her workshops on child-led, process-based art reflects the child’s ideas and views of their world. Her seminars for parents are focused on the importance of how language can reflect who they are and how they see themselves. She believes our language and communication are powerful tools to help children gain critical thinking skills. 

Sara lives in Los Angeles with her husband and three sons.

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