In no way do I ascribe to the “boys will be boys” adage to explain my son’s behavior.
But I need science to explain to me my two-year-old’s fascination with Spider-Man.
I can’t even remember the first time he saw Spider-Man. Maybe it was his first night-time pull-ups. (XS size has him on them) But the first time he said his name (“SPIDAAHHH”) in his “deep” voice, he hasn’t stopped since.
I asked around for toddler friendly things and a friend gave me a Playskool Spiderman story book. I found Little Golden Books online, and a fairly durable Playskool action figure. I found Spider-Man underwear (”SPIDAH UNDIES!!!”). We discovered Hulu has the old 90s cartoon, in which he mostly just gets excited when Spidey leaps around.
I think I’ve read the same Little Golden Book story five times in the last 24 hours.
Kids are weird, regardless of gender. And I never expected my son at this age to fall in love with a superhero. We’re still on the Wiggles/PBS kick, but it’s pretty funny to see a toddler go “psst psst” and try to shoot webs like Spider-Man.