To the kids who love the bad guys and the dads that raise them (+ giveaway)
Thursday, June 15th, 2017
I was a kid who liked The Good Guy. I cheered for Luke Sywalker and Michael Jordan and He-Man. It was almost universal for me that if a movie was made pitting good vs. evil, I’d choose good. It seemed like the only option to me.
I’m not unique in this. Many kids ran or continue to run around pretending to be Leia, Han, Chewie, Luke, Rey, or Finn. They’d take care of bad guys using their lightsaber—often a branch from a tree, a LEGO creation, or the cardboard tube from a used-up roll of wrapping paper.
But my god, do I ever love kids who obsess over the bad guys. There are a few kids in my life who love the bad guy. They cheer for Voldemort and they praise the Joker. But more than anyone else, they love the voice and power of Darth Vader.
As a dad, I think I have to admit that Darth Vader also holds a little piece of my heart. Especially as a dad who is often called “the worst” because I don’t give my kids enough ice cream. I like the idea of redemption.
He reminds me that no matter how many ice cream bowls I do not fill or how many bubblegum machines I didn’t give my kids a quarter for, I am still their Father.
And my god, Star Wars themselves has created a video that perfectly captures the magnificence that is Darth Vader as “awwww, daddddd.”
SEE: I Am Your Father’s Day
How do we implement Star Wars into an average day?
Conversations about different kinds of families
Not all families are the same and it is important that you talk to your kids about that. Also, it is important that they know early years Darth Vader (like post-Anakin, pre-taking his mask off), while one of the most famous dads of all time, is not a person to model your parenting after.
Not cutting one another’s hands off
It’s the small things that really bring us together as a family.
Hey, look, I have a Darth Vader tattoo
I’m not joking you when I say Darth Vader is kind of a big deal in our family. Case in point, this daughter-drawn tattoo of the big guy on my leg.
You simply don’t know a lot about your kids, or yourself, until you’ve sat down and had a five-minute conversation in Wookiee.
Complex and not-as-complex LEGO builds
WIN, WIN, WIN
Now that you have Darth in your heart, I just happen to have a Disney’s ultimate collection of Star Wars merchandise prize package to give away to someone. What is in such a fantastic sounding package? Well: