A New Hero for a Little Boy

Aug 6, 2011 | On Motherhood | 14 comments


Perhaps in this “celebrity” culture it’s an antiquated word.
But make no mistake, our children find hero’s.
Either fictional or real.
On their own, or with our help.
My childhood/adulthood hero was Princess Diana.
My Mom introduced me to her, and ironically,
 I introduced myself to her, face to face, many years later.
I think Moms, in particular, Christian Moms have a great responsibility when it comes to who we let into our homes to become admired by our children.
We can exercise this responsibility by exercising control.
I know, even Christian Moms bristle at the thought of controling our children.
In so many ways, that is just plain ridiculous.
Another pervading influence of our culture into our parenting.
Either we control
someone else will.

In our home, our biggest step we have taken to “control” outside influences is to raise the kids without television and to home school them.
Friends and family have expressed concern over us “sheltering” them.
Your darn right.
If I don’t shelter them, if I don’t decide what ideas, what beliefs and who is introduced to them at what age… then someone else will.
I’m not stupid.
It’s not a matter of “if.”
It’s a matter of “when” and that “when” is MY JOB.
God made me their Mom.
Call it control, call it authority, call it crazy.
It’s a subject that needs to be re-visited in Christian parenting.

So, no.
They don’t know what divorce is yet.
They don’t know anything about Jane having two Mommies yet.
They don’t know who Spongebob is.
 Or Oprah.
Or even Harry Potter.
 Or, heaven help me, Justin Bieber or whatever his name is.
(I wouldn’t know him if he rang my front door right now!)

To the best of my ability, introduction to this culture
is going to happen on MY timeline.

Amélie is still pretty young (3 1/2) and so it’s pretty simple with her.
We watched the wedding together and I can say funny things like, “Princess Catherine doesn’t pick her nose.” but Aidan, my little Man Cub is ready for more.

Jesus should be his number one Hero.
No one else has offered him Grace.
No one else has died for him.
Though his Daddy would, and I know Aidan looks up to
his Dad in a way I don’t think Joel quite realizes.
Aidan idolizes his Daddy.

The other day, the week it rained all week, I decided to “introduce” Aidan to a new hero.
Someone Joel and I, with our limited knowledge of him greatly admire.

Bear Grylls.
(Of Man vs Wild fame).

Before we nixed T.V. around here, Joel and I lived for Friday
 nights with Bear and Man VS Wild.  I LOVE that show!!!

After five minutes Aidan was hooked.
His mouth was hanging open and he was on the edge of his seat.
He watched quite a few episodes that week (sketching out what he was watching!  So cute!)  and since then and he can tell you all the different ways to make a fire, how to filter swamp water, where to find grubs, how to prevent dehydration…  He just flipped out.  Last night we grilled and he insisted we start the grill by making a friction fire – after five minutes we got out a match!

Aidan is like me, in that he dives head first into stuff.  Including admiration.  So I thought I better do a little research into Bear’s personal life (British Special Forces, broken back, fought to walk again, youngest Brit to climb Everest…), in case Aidan ever asked me about him.  (He ALWAYS wants to know if people he meets from our neighbors to new friends love God.)

I hopped online and…
sure enough.  My suspicions were correct!
I always had a feeling about the guy.
Bear Grylls is a Christian!
Not just a celebrity who says, “I believe in God.” but from what it seems,
 a REAL believing, gospel sharing Christian.
 I was elated!

So, if you are a believing Mom and looking for a “safe” hero
to introduce to your son may I suggest Bear Grylls.
Man VS Wild is on the Discovery Channel or all
 over the internet which is how we watch it.
It’s safe, (for the most part) it’s clean.
And it will capture the imagination of your little boy.

Bon Weekend.
Delicious recipes coming up on Parisienne Farmgirl…
Stay tuned!


  1. Olivia

    thank you so much for this valuable information! my little guys love Bear too and i didn’t know he was a christian! now he is IN all the more!

  2. Old Centennial Farmhouse

    Great post, Ang! I am going to check this out on Netflix! I love that you did the research on Bear. Lovin’ the name, is that a screen name or for reals?

  3. Joannah

    Bear spoke at my church somewhat recently. I was too sick and pregnant to be there, though. My pastor is a total outdoorsman, so I’m not surprised that they connected. I’m glad Aiden is inspired by Bear!


  4. Carolyne

    I am with you……Bear Grylls is *my* hero too! He had me the instant he decided to drink his own pee and also use it to wet his headscarf as protection from the grueling heat in the outback of Australia.

    Great post.

  5. Ann at eightacresofeden

    Bear has been my 11 year old son’s hero for a few years now and we love watching Man v Wild. My son even consumed a live cricket after watching one episode – I found out after the event when he told me it was ‘quite crunchy but packed with protein.’ Have to say though I was very disappointed with Bear recently – he did an interview for a men’s magazine – the type of magazine you don’t want your sons to see as you go through the checkout. The backdrop for the article was not good. Quite a few mums who I guess were Christians let him know that they were disappointed that he would agree to an interview for such a publication and reminded him that he was a role model for their sons. All I can say is I hope he reads his Facebook fans comments. He often puts up Scriptures and gets ridiculed but when he put up about this interview it just seemed so out of character.
    Did you read about his young son rescuing a young girl from drowning? Quite an amazing story.

  6. Alabaster Rose Designs

    What an absolute beautiful post!! I have 2 boys, 7 years and 3 years, and I know how hard it is to “introduce” them to the right hero’s. It is so difficult in this day and age to find good role models.
    We have never watched this show, but I will definitely check it out!
    You have an absolute beautiful family!
    Have a glorious weekend.
    Alabaster Rose Designs

  7. RobinfromCA

    Amen to everything you said! (Well, except until now I’d never heard of Bear Grylls but I’ll check him out!) After 8 years in the public school system we pulled our daughter out and home schooled her for HS. She’s 29 now so you can imagine back then the uproar it caused about us “sheltering” her. Now she has a baby boy of her own and they don’t have TV and she is planning to home school. I say “Bravo” to anyone taking this step – and I work for the public school system! You are a heroine and it’s terrific that your son thinks his dad is a hero. I am a firm believer that our homes should be the closest things to heaven on earth our children can find.

    (BTW, Princess Diana was also an earthly hero of mine. She was a princess, she was beautiful and she loved her children more than she loved being a beautiful princess.)

    Keep up the great work!

  8. Oie

    This is a very interesting and timely post for me. I wrestle with my sons’ need to be entertained and percieved pressures from other influences. I have narrowed entertainment like DVDs or computer games down to a monday after school activity and I have to be the one who approves the content. We borrow from the local library, so the DVD content is child friendly, and because we are sooooo old fashioned and don’t have a DS, x-box or Wii, the games you can get for PC’s are very limited. It is a real struggle to be consistant and withstand the pressures (I too have been told my children are disadvantaged!)but we must do it, it is our responcibility and priveledge.
    Good luck!!
    p.s. i found the BBC earth series fascinating and excellent content for kids.
    pps. “Sampson the strong” is my sons current bibilical hero!

  9. Alice

    I agree on taking control of what your children are exposed to. While we do watch TV and allow the kids to be on the computer, we monitor everything and let them know why they are not allowed to watch this show or visit that site. I want them to know why certain ideas are not in line with our Christian values. It’s not easy, especially when they spend the night a friends house etc. Now that two of my children are grown and out of the house, I am so proud that they have these values to keep them on the right road. Parents who don’t have some sort of control are either lazy, or don’t care–until something happens and then they blame the school or others.

    We love to watch Bear too, and I’m glad to know he is a Christian too!

    Thanks for sharing!

  10. Catholic

    Twilight Zone moment! Last week I got Bear DVD’s from the library and the boys (the three old enough to watch) lined up on the couch and were rivited! My daughter even got into it. Don’t you love it that he doesn’t apologize when he kills and eats something (unlike the other survivor guy)? The man lives like he’s not afraid of dying…a testament in and of itself. My critters (with the help of their dad) are in the planning stages of their own survivor man video. I can’t wait!

  11. Christina

    Awesome post and so true you do control what your kids see. I do have tv but limit my kids to shows like animal planet and history channel and people tell me that is too limiting. I did notice they find things out more as they get into the middle school years, but by then you have instill in them strong beliefs and you can let them find their footing in the world a bit. I have older children too and my 19 year old son is in Christian college now. He was glad he was sheltered yet glad that I let him experience more as he headed for high school because if not he says even in Christian college he would of not known how to react to culture at all. So I think balance is a good thing, but plenty of time for that later on. So stick with your feelings and I am sure your kids will turn out fine. My kids friends still think it’s funny that my 13 and 12 year old don’t know who The Simpsons are. That horrible cartoon that parents let their kids watch for fun lol!

  12. Priscilla

    Spot on as usual. You should be “required reading” for every young mother!

  13. Deanna

    not familiar with him, but will check him out this week.

    I admire what you are doing with your children.
    Sweet Blessings to you!

  14. cece'smusings

    I discovered your blog a few weeks back. I stayed up until 2 am perusing your old posts.
    You really are amazing. I find your blog to be very inspiring and motivating! As a Mom of twin baby boys (16 months) I am rather new at navigating motherhood. Our “culture” frightens me and I feel so empowered by this post. Thank you Parisienne Farmgirl!


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