This past week, I discovered they can also cause a boo boo or two when children try and emulate their favorite adventure heroes. We all have heard the stories about the boy who thought he was Superman and tried to jump off the roof because he thought he could fly.
My children will never be on my roof, but I had a similar situation happen. My children love the Power Rangers and I have read to them more than a few books and they like to watch the show. While my children have no formal samurai training, that doesn't mean they won't try and be samurais. While I was making dinner, two of my sons were pretending to be a Power Ranger and a Nihlok.
A few well placed kicks later and my youngest was running up to me crying. It wasn't serious or anything, but it was enough for me to take the Power Rangers off the nighttime reading list. Adventure stories can be great teaching tools for children, but they must be tempered with reality. The children need to know that they can't swing from tree to tree until they are much much older.