Could you use some superpowers?

Welcome to the March 2014 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Everyday Superheroes

This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Hobo Mama and Code Name: Mama. This month our participants have talked about the remarkable people and characteristics that have touched their lives. Please read to the end to find a list of links to the other carnival participants.


Marianne Williamson quote

When I saw the theme for this month’s carnival, my first reaction was to look for heroes among the people I know. I thought, “I haven’t done anything courageous lately, but my friend A… and my friend B…, and wait until you hear about my friend C!!!”

My next thought was this:

We know we all have superpowers. Then why is it that we so readily see them in others and fail to acknowledge them in ourselves?

Maybe, we were raised to believe that giving love, support and attention to others was good, but bragging about our own achievements was bad (sounds familiar?).

Or maybe, we’re scared to claim our superpowers, because then we’ll have no excuse not to use them. Because as we all know…

With great power comes great responsibility” ~ Voltaire

Fear certainly stands in my way often and the best way I know to neutralise it is play. So today I’d like to offer a fun activity to help you connect with your superpowers.

Let’s play with your superpowers!

Imagine three photographs of yourself from any time in your life. Don’t think about it too much, select the very first three images that come to mind.

Then, draw a quick sketch to represent each photo. Resemblance is not required, just play and have fun.

Draw a speech bubble for each sketch and in it complete this phrase:

“My superpower is …” (write the first thing that comes to mind).

If there is anything else your character wants to say, then by all means keep on writing.

Now you have a list of three superpowers – you had them at some point in your life and they are still somewhere there waiting for you to call on them.


You’ve discovered your superpowers, now what?

When you find yourself in a challenging (or even not so challenging) situation, see if you can engage one or more of your superpowers.

Maybe, one of your superpowers is curiosity. What solution do you see when you look with curious eyes?

Or your superpower may be love (we all have that one!). How can you add more love and how would it change things?

You can practice each power for a week or you can call on the one that seems the most helpful on each occasion.

Have fun with it!

I’d love to know all about your superpowers. Please come back and share.


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Please take time to read the submissions by the other carnival participants:


  • I Am A Super Hero — Jennifer at Hybrid Rasta Mama shares how she learned the hard way exactly what it means to be a real super hero and not a burned out shell of a human simply pretending to be one.
  • Quiet Heroics — Heroism doesn’t have to be big and bold. Read how Jorje of Momma Jorje is a quiet hero…and how you probably are, too.
  • Not a Bang, but a Whisper {Carnival of Natural Parenting} — Meegs at A New Day talks about the different types of “superheroes,” ones that come in with a bang and ones that come in with a whisper.
  • Silent courage of motherhood in rural Cambodia — Nathalie at Kampuchea Crossings marvels at how rural Khmer women defy the odds in childbirth.
  • Super PappyMother Goutte‘s little boy met a superhero in checked slippers and Volkswagen Polo, his grand dad: Super Pappy!
  • An Open Letter to Batman — Kati at The Best Things challenges Batman to hold up his end of the deal, in the name of social justice, civic duty, and a little boy named Babe-O!
  • My Village — Kellie at Our Mindful Life reflects on the people who helped her to become her best self.
  • 5 Lessons My Kids Taught Me — Children are amazing teachers, when we only stop to listen. They remind us to choose happiness, to delight in the small things, to let go and forgive. There is so much we can learn from our children. Justine at The Lone Home Ranger shares a few of the lessons she’s learned.
  • Could you use some superpowers? — Tat at Mum in search shares a fun activity to help you connect with your own superpowers.
  • Like Fire Engines — Tam at tinsenpup tells the story of the day she saw a surprising superhero lurking in the guise of her not entirely mild-mannered four-year-old daughter.
  • Everyday Superheroes — Erica at ChildOrganics shares her list of Walker Warburg Syndrome Superheroes that have touched her life forever.
  • My Superhero of the Week: Nancy GallagherTribal Mama muses about the transcendent things her superhero mom has done.
  • My choice in natural birth does not make me a super hero — Bianca, The Pierogie Mama, discusses her thoughts on her experience with the perception of natural birth and putting those mamas on a different level. Does giving birth naturally give cause for an extra pat on the back? No! All mamas, no matter how they birth, are superheroes.
  • Someone’s Hero — Sometimes being a parent means pretending to be a grown-up, but it always means you are someone’s hero. Read Mandy’s lament at Living Peacefully with Children.
  • Growing into a Super Hero — Casey at Joyful Courage shares how owning our behavior and choosing to be a better parent, a better person, is an act of courage.
  • A Math Superhero — Kerry at City Kids Homeschooling writes that her 7-year-old daughter’s superhero is an MIT-trained mathematician.
  • It Starts With Truffula Trees And Tulips — Luschka of Diary of a First Child takes a hard look at the realities of her relationship with her mother, and through this post goes on a journey of discovery that ends in a surprise realisation for her.
  • We Don’t Need an Excuse — Maria Kang (aka “Hot Mom”) asks women #WhatsYourExcuse for not being in shape? Dionna at Code Name: Mama asks Hot Mom what her excuse is for not devoting her life to charity work, or fostering dozens of stray dogs each year, or advocating for the needs of others. Better yet, Code Name: Mama says, how about we realize that every woman has her own priorities. Focus on your own, and stop judging others for theirs.
  • It’s not heroic when you’re living it — Lauren at Hobo Mama knows from the inside that homeschooling does not take a hero, and that much of what we choose as parents is simply what works best for us.
  • Superheroes, princesses and preschoolers — Garry at Postilius discusses why his preschool-age son is not ready for comic book superheroes.
  • The Loving Parents of Children with Special Needs – Everyday Superheroes — Deb Chitwood at Living Montessori Now shares posts with resources for parents of children with special needs along with posts to help others know how to support parents of children with special needs.
  • Everyday Empathy — Mommy Giraffe of Little Green Giraffe shares why her secret superpower is everyday empathy.
  • The Simplicity of Being a Superhero — Ana at Panda & Ananaso explains what superheroes mean to her wise three-year-old.
  • My Father, The Hero — Fathers are pretty amazing; find out why Christine at The Erudite Mom thinks hers is the bees knees.

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    • Tat says

      Thank you, Elisa. I’m so happy that you took the time to do the activity and that it worked for you. Keep on drawing on those superpowers! The more we work our super-muscles, the stronger they’ll become 😉

  1. says

    Such a great reminder of my powers (freedom of heart, optimism, lots of love)and an awesome way to shift my perspective about my kids at times. What you wrote about fear and the power of play is superb and certainly rings true for me. Thanks for this exercise!

  2. says

    What a fun exercise! It is difficult to feel empowered about ourselves, sometimes. I definitely feel a lot of the time as though it is socially incorrect to feel good about myself and what I do. Thanks for the post!

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