Being Superheroes

Recently I keep coming across things that make out parents are in fact superheroes. Juggling family life with with long hours of work as well as raising children and spending hours driving around from club to club dropping off and picking up from their after school obligations. Heroes with invisible capes. With no ability to fly but with powers to juggle and organise and throw a party together in an instant and, mostly, to do it all without much sleep.

It got me wondering about the kind of superheroes we have in our little family of 3. Then it came to me. We would be the Avengers. It’s obvious when you think about it. Really.

First, The Other Half. With his assertion first thing in the morning of “YOU’VE GOT ONE MINUTE!!!” to get us all out of the door for work on time he would have the entire street, understandably, mistakenly believing we are all part of a critical world saving mission. And sporting his one red eye from “a suspected scratch on the cornea” he is only an eye patch and long leather jacket away (oh, and bald head) from being Nick Fury. The leader of the Avengers.

Nick Fury

Next you have the toddler. Little Z. With his ever growing defiance and fear of nothing he could only be Tony Stark / Iron Man. His stunts include repeatedly trying to jump off anything with a good height and any kind of berating induces either a fit of toddler anger or just determination to do it again. He prefers not to wear the iron man suit though. Opting instead to do all his own stunts as Tony Stark.

(I know this post is about parent superheroes but he is Tony Stark. He doesn’t care about rules).

Iron Man

And finally me. With my powers of shouting at the other half and stomping around grumpily at everyone over the last week (“You said you’d clean the bathroom!!!”), I instantly rule myself out of being the black widow. Damn. With my stomping, phantom increasing blood pressure, and inability to touch my toes, I fit one of the other Avengers to a tee…


Our poor neighbours.

Maybe next week we will be less superhero and more 1900s silent movie.

(All photo credits to IMDB)


  1. Anya from older single mum November 12, 2012 / 9:56 am

    This is fab analogy. Glad I’m not the only one who remembers The Avengers! Bet you don’t manage the silent movie thing!

    • Notmyyearoff November 17, 2012 / 7:08 am

      I don’t think we will either 🙂

  2. Expat Mammy November 12, 2012 / 10:20 am

    If parents are superhero’s why do I always feel like the bad guy??

    • Notmyyearoff November 17, 2012 / 7:09 am

      I am turning into the baddie in our house too. The only that does the telling off.

  3. Ms Xpat (@MsXpat) November 12, 2012 / 11:03 am

    LOL I think you will find that many of us have a similar family! I gotta say anyone with a Tony Stark in the family is bound to have lots of fun and cheer. Never a dull day ;0)

    • Notmyyearoff November 17, 2012 / 7:09 am

      I know, complete little stunt man!

  4. Actually Mummy November 12, 2012 / 2:13 pm

    Ha! I’d be less Wonderwoman and more Thor too!

    • Notmyyearoff November 17, 2012 / 7:10 am

      I did wonder whether I was Thor!! Ahhh to be Wonder Woman 🙂

  5. TheBoyandMe November 12, 2012 / 5:11 pm

    I am so the hulk for the rage which seems to be spilling over lately! Tiredness is a bitch!

    • Notmyyearoff November 17, 2012 / 7:10 am

      God I know that feeling!!

  6. mikew November 13, 2012 / 12:40 am

    I can sooooo relate to this. And I’m a dad!!!

    • Notmyyearoff November 17, 2012 / 7:11 am

      Does this mean you’re Nick Fury?

      • mikew December 12, 2012 / 1:05 am

        Ha. I wish…

    • Notmyyearoff November 17, 2012 / 7:11 am

      Thanks 🙂

    • Notmyyearoff November 17, 2012 / 7:12 am


  7. Sarah November 17, 2012 / 7:18 am

    Ha ha, I love it 🙂 I think I’d be Mrs Incredible. Because she looks cool (not that I do) and has super long arms, so I could wipe up a spilt drink in the lounge without leaving the kitchen and burning the tea!

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