The Batman effect or how to teach children to persevere

The Batman effect or how to teach children to persevere

By teaching children how to persevere, we provide them with value, an image that enables them to understand the importance of continuous effort. Thus, they will know that we must not bow to the difficulties and be content with the simplest. This vital tool is acquired with the example, but also through games, like the one known as the Batman effect. It is a simple and stimulating technique that arouses persistence and will.

We must admit thatit is not easy to transmit to a child that mental and emotional strength that involves giving continuity to an effort, to a personal project in order to achieve a goal. How to do it ? Most of our children have this fascinating world locked in digital devices. It allows them to obtain instant gratification, an easy escape from which they can escape when they are bored, angry, or in need of specific information.

"Our reward is in the effort and not in the result, a total effort is a complete victory."

-Mahatma Gandhi

We can often see in classrooms that a good part of primary school students have shorter and shorter periods of attention. In addition, they have less patience, less tolerance for frustration and less emotional management. This is not to blame the new technologies, but to understand that in terms of education; there are certain priorities.

One of them is to teach our children to be motivated to achievethe perseverance of those who do not allow themselves to be carried away by what is comfortable to gradually give birth to more capable, happier and more proactive people in the future.

To be persevering, the value that can be learned

A work published in the "Journal of Leadership & Organizational Studies "highlighted a piece of data about which it would be interesting to have a reflection. A child's ability to tolerate frustration to face a challenge while maintaining motivation for the task does not only translate into better academic outcomesbut also by a better self-concept and a much stronger self-esteem.

The majority of us are obsessed with having children of registration, children who are above average and who triumph academically. We want happy children, children and adolescents with the right personal and emotional resources to overcome adversities, achieve their own goals and fight for them.

To teach them to be persevering, we should therefore bear in mind the following points:

  • Perseverance education is taught between 2 and 3 years. It's the perfect time for a simple reason: it's when kids start to be more independent, to eat alone, to go out and put away their toys themselves, to tie up their shoes, and so on.
  • If they want to be competent in these first tasks that characterize their daily lives, they must take responsibility, be motivated and be able to do them alone. Do not be discouraged after the first attempt.
  • During this first stage of the life cycle, between 2 and 3 years, children begin to construct their own sense of reality, to create their first representations of how, according to them, the world is made.
  • Thus, teaching them to be patient in overcoming difficulties is something normal and habitual. Every goal requires motivation and effort to overcome helplessness. This will allow them to draw in their minds a more productive and satisfying reality.

What is the Batman effect?

The Batman effect is a proposal to teach children how to persevere which was published in the journal Child Development. In this work, parents and educators were invited to offer children an inspiring model to imitate. It could be Batman, Dora the Explorer or one of the last Disney characters for example.

The Batman effect technique is recommended for children between 2 and 4 years old and the steps to follow are as follows:

  • Whenever children are faced with a difficult task: attaching shoes, making a puzzle, tidying up their room, eating alone, dressing alone … We invite them to be a character: "Now you are Batman and Batman does not give up when he does something. I'm sure you'll do it as well as him. "
  • It is therefore necessary that each of the tasks that the child faces is overcome independently, without help. If at some point, the child gets tired and gives up, we give him some motivation "How are you Batman?" Instead of calling the child by his first name, he is called with the name of the fictional character to provide him with the motivation and to urge him not to give up.

"The Batman effect is like giving kids an inspiring model that they have to emulate in order to develop their perseverance."
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In general, this type of game motivates children to go beyond their possibilities, to develop adequate perseverance, to discover that each effort brings with it progress and thus the discovery of personal satisfaction. Little by little, children will realize that they are authentic heroes and that with good habits, motivation and self-confidence, there is no limit on the horizon.

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