The Superhero Solution: How Make-Believe Boosts Kids’ Perseverance

“Open up!”

“The doctor said you need to take your medicine.”

“This will help you feel better!”

“You can have one chocolate chip if you drink it all gone.”

My four-year-old needed to take a dose of antibiotics yesterday — a heaping spoonful of chalky goo — and he was not listening to any of my pleas. He lay flat on the ground, shaking his head, with his little hands clamped over his mouth.

And then I noticed that he was wearing a superhero cape. That’s part of his uniform these days. Bath towels become tools for flying. Blankets get thrown over his shoulder as he races around the house yelling, “Here I come to save the day!”

So I gave it one more try.

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