Superman has Returned
As kids, we always have that image of Superman with his cape flying around saving the day. And we imagine this superhuman being by our side.
“When you’re young, you think your dad is Superman. Then you grow up, and you realize he’s just a regular guy who wears a cape.” – Unknown
This was the inspiration behind the series Return of the Superman. A show in South Korea aired in KBS2. The show is about celebrity dads who have to look after their kids for the next 48 hours on their own. On their first episodes, wives will be shown leaving the house for the 1st time and handing over the responsibilities to their husbands for the next 48 hours. On some occasions, other celebrities would pitch in to look after the kids, on behalf of the dad. What could be more interesting than “spying” over the dad taking care of their kids unsupervised?
Start of the journey
In their first episode, celebrity parent Jang Beomjune introduced his 2 kids -- Hada and Joah. He is the youngest superman to graze this show.
On most first episodes, wives express their apprehension in leaving their kids behind for the first time. In Asian society, culture dictates that women take over the children's welfare as men are expected to provide for the family. The first day is the most challenging for the father dealing with household chores and tending after the kids at the same time.
Superman has super strength
In this episode, Song Il-gook and the triplets -- Daehan, Minguk, and Manse -- joined a torch relay. He carried the triplets through the 300-m relay.
How did our superman survive?
Superman isn’t always there from the get-go.
As parents, their dream is to always see their kids grow up strong and independent. Children will always try to explore things their way and often makes mistakes along the way. Parents have different parenting styles. Mothers always provide nurturing touches and protecting shield. Father’s nurturing may often take the form of playful roughhousing and silly jokes. Oftentimes, called “tough love.
The following video shows father (appa, in Korean) Lee Donggook together with Sian, Sua, and Seola. Their father pranks Sian the most to teach him valuable lessons in life since he is the only boy among his four siblings.
Superman will always be there to the rescue
Their Superman power is revealed when kids are in danger.
The following video shows Park Joo-ho and the kids Naeun and Gunhoo in a glass bridge in South Korea.
Can he save Gunhoo despite his fear of height?
Superman will always have a leading lady
It is always heartwarming to see dads showing their love and affection to their wives. Surprising mom with the kids and dad as the grand schemer is every wive’s wish.
“The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.” —Theodore Hesburgh
The video shows Il-look with the triplets visiting their mom as they revisit their year with the show. What valuable lesson did their learn from this series?
Every superman faces adversity when people around them misunderstand their true intentions. In our busy lives, we often overlook their presence. They are misconstrued as coldhearted, intimidating and inconsiderate.
In this video, Sam Hammington pretended to be a dog as he wants his son William to create a relationship with animals. He used this opportunity to also ask how William thinks about his relationship with his father and brother, Bentley.
There is a wonderful lesson behind this series. Regardless of their status -- married, divorced, or single, a father is still a father. That no matter how busy we are making a living, we should always make time for the important things in life -- our family. Fathers, like mothers, are the pillars of a child’s development. Thus, engaged fatherhood is the best way to promote a great family relationship.
In this dynamic world where you can be consumed in survival, we cling on to the values we have developed as children. Having both of our parents actively involved in nurturing those values bring forth strength and confidence as we take on our daily lives. Our father’s role does not end once we finish school but for the rest of our lives.
On this father’s day and on any other day, bring a smile and hope back to our fathers. You are not forgotten and you are loved.