This past week we threw a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles party with Target (post to come soon!) and while we watched the kids play we noticed one thing that changed a life-long assumption. When we were young, we watched brothers and friends play Turtles. Each kid had their favorite character – Donatello, Leonardo, Michelangelo, or Raphael – and we always assumed that boys just had a favorite color and picked accordingly. As we watched our party guests play, we realized it was much more thoughtful than that. Each child seems to base their choice on the Turtle of choice’s skills, personality, and what unique qualities they bring to the group. We love that! We love that our kids are encouraged to look beyond the surface and find qualities they admire and want to emulate. For the party, we had each guest pick a Turtle to “be” – complete with shell and gear! – and talked about what makes us similar and different. Here’s what the kids and parents came up with!
LEONARDO & DASH by Nicole.
“Something I admire so much about Dash is his ability to choose what he knows is right. To me that makes him extremely courageous! I love to watch him make these choices (or try) and have other kids see his wisdom and follow in his path. At a young age Dash I always considered Dash to be very wise. I watched him keep groups of his pals from running into the street, playing rough with their toys, and using kind words. At ages 3 and 4, that’s quite a leader! I love that he has the courage to stick to what he knows is right, even if it’s a risk. I’ve seen kids make fun of others for not following what everyone else is doing. So, I hope dash keeps this quality, always!”
“Rilo has recently started soccer and we’ve been amazed at how fierce and aggressive she is on the field! She goes after the ball with everything she has. After her first game, she came off the field and told us, “I didn’t do very good…I only scored one goal”. She’s always wanting to try her hardest and do her best at whatever she does. Apart from that, Rilo and Raphael couldn’t be more different! But, I feel like it’s always a nice conversation to have to see what behaviors we see in others that we want to mimic and avoid, right?”
But I will say this, like Raphael, Rilo has always been fiercely independent. From a very young age, she’s liked to do everything on her own. I love that about her!”
“Like Donatello, Roe is very inquisitive and logical. He asks ‘why’ a million times over during the day and remembers every little detail. The other day my husband and I were discussing that we needed to see the dentist and I said jokingly, “My teeth are all going to fall out!!!” Without skipping a beat Roe said, “Then you can’t eat your food, you can just suck on it.” Yep. That’s right, little genius.
Roe already uses his logic and the lessons we’ve taught him to solve problems. The other day, we were in the car with a few of his friends who were using potty language (which we don’t allow) in our home. I asked his friends to stop and told them when at our house we don’t use those words. Roe added, “We can just say, ‘You’re so awesome dude!! Not those udder words!’” I’m so proud that he already knows how to stand up for what he’s been taught and that instead of chastising or making his friends feel stupid, he can spin it positively!”
MICHELANGELO & QUINN by Jenna.
“Quinn wakes up each morning and asks “What fun are we going to have today, mom?” He carries his party spirit with him everywhere he goes and is always looking for something or someone to celebrate. If he’s wandered off at the grocery store, park or really anywhere, I can almost guarantee he has found a new friend with his energetic “Hi! I’m Quinn!” He has the most infectious giggle and when he’s not laughing he’s usually saying something funny and making the rest of us laugh!”
So, after reading these little personality surveys, what Ninja Turtle would your kiddos be most like?