Will you ever write about boys and body image?
Moms ask me this question often, and I am the perfect mom/writer to ask. Because I have many boys. And, to be honest, all of them are already asking questions about their bodies. When it comes to looking at themselves in the mirror, they do what girls do — compare their bodies with others, inquire about how to lose weight and how to gain muscle, and (for some ridiculous reason) pinch the skin around their mid-sections and make critical comments.
I am befuddled. I do not understand the male brain.
But I do understand some of my boys’ body image concerns. For now, I am doing three things to stand alongside them as they grow and form their identity.
- I am listening.
- I am encouraging (when I can speak encouraging truth).
- I am watching movies with them.
Why I am doing the first two things is fairly obvious. It’s all the adult-talk these days. Listening and encouraging is part of loving. But the third?
The third helps me see what my boys are comparing themselves against. And more than anything, watching this movie convinced me I am exactly on the right track.
Tom Holland nails his role as the teenage protagonist, Peter Parker, in Spiderman: Far From Home. Occasionally awkward, easily embarrassed, and intelligent in that endearing and slightly geeky way, Holland reminds us that Spiderman is both a superhero with unlimited potential and a teen boy just trying to be normal.
But what I loved about this movie was what it helped me realize after the credits (and two post-credit scenes) finished scrolling the movie screen. [Read more…] about Spiderman: Far From Home Helped Me See That I’m Living With a Teenage Superhero