More than ever before kids are spending a large amount of time in front of the TV, computer, or video-game console. According to kidshealth.org, kids and teens spend an average of 2 – 4 hours a day in front of a screen, mostly watching TV, DVDs, or videos. And when computer use and video games are included, time spent in front of a screen increases to over 5? hours a day.
With these alarming statistics, it is no wonder that most of what kids perceive as true heroes are those who can conquer any villain and save any city with super powers. This oftentimes leads children to believe they have to be invincible in order to be heroes that help others.
Children’s book author, Don M. Winn, created Superhero, an interactive children’s book that helps parents convey to their kids that a true superhero is someone that unselfishly helps others. It teaches that very ordinary people with ordinary abilities can have a tremendous impact on those around us-just by reaching out to help.
“I can’t think of a greater hero and someone for a kid to look up to than that of a devoted parent,” said Mr. Winn. “My hope is that this book will get kids to see that their parents are the superhero in their lives and not the cartoons on TV. Then maybe children will look up to their parents more when needing help or advice.”
Mr. Winn did not stop at just writing about the true identity of a superhero. He also wrote books that deal with bullying and standing up to peer pressure, never giving up or being afraid of failure, succeeding despite a learning problem, encouraging imagination and learning, appreciating the differences in other people and themselves, urging kids to pay attention in school, and more.
Creator and author of the Cardboard Box Adventures book series, Don M. Winn struggled with dyslexia, family turmoil, and constant uprooting from place to place and school to school as a child. As a result, he learned many valuable lessons that are reflected in the person he is today. It is these lessons that inspired him to create children’s books that teach valuable life lessons to children by encouraging the use of imagination and facilitating interaction with parents and teachers.
Some of Mr. Winn’s favorite memories from childhood involve time spent living out imaginary adventures inside a simple cardboard box; thus the name of his storyline “Cardboard Box Adventures.” Superhero will have your children offering to help whenever the opportunity strikes-making them superheroes, one and all.
Find out more about Superhero by visiting www.cardboardboxadventures.com