Like many soon-to-be-five-year-olds, Monkey has long had a fascination with Spider-Man. When Monkey isn't making up stories about him, he pretends to be Spider-Man, saving the world one play session at a time. On the way home from school one day, Monkey asked me if people could really climb walls like Spider-Man does. As a former rock climber, I've seen a number of people scaling walls to incredible heights so I told him that there are rock climbers who can do some of what Spider-Man does. When I got home, I logged onto youtube and found a video of an incredible eleven-year-old girl, Brooke Raboutou, rock climbing. Together, with Munchkin, we watched the short documentary that followed Brooke into the rock climbing gym and her home, where she strengthened every part of her body, down to her fingers. The video presented Monkey the opportunity not just to see a kid climbing a wall like Spider-Man, but to see how hard she worked and the effort she put into becoming a pint-sized expert in her sport.
Patricia is a part-time working mom with a 9-year-old son (Monkey) and 7-year-old daughter (Munchkin). She thinks passing judgment on other parents comes easy, so why not (politely) pass judgement on GMvBM?