Every time I am watching a movie, I try to put on my daddy lense and get some fatherhood/manhood lessons from the film. In the Amazing Spiderman 2, I was able to get some valuable fatherhood lessons. I blog about some lessons I learned in Amazing Spiderman 1 here
Daddy Lesson 1: Your son wants to know who you really are and what you are made of.
Peter Parker played by Andrew Garfield did a great job depicting the need of a man to know his father. No matter how powerful, famous and heroic you are, every man wants to know his father deeply. Peter had no idea why his father left him except for the fact that his dad was labeled as a traitor. It hurt him to know that his dad had a bad reputation but thanks to Richard Parker (peter’s dad) who left a video explaining what really happened. When Peter realized that his dad was a hero, it gave him a sense of honor and pride being the son of Richard Parker.
Daddy Lesson 2: A good name is better than riches.
I do hope as fathers we would communicate this lesson to our kids. More than the prestige and money Richard could get by compromising, he chose the way of honor and preserve his dignity and name even if it meant that Peter won’t be able to see him. We, as fathers, are given a responsibility to teach and live out the principles of manhood and integrity to our kids. A good name is better than riches. A thousand times better riches.
On the other hand, the Osborn live the exact opposite. Norman Osborn is one selfish father. He never took time to father his son. He instead built an empire that actually destroyed him and his son. In reality, many fathers build a career or a business that hurts them and their family. The question we need to ask is “It is worth it?”
Daddy Lesson 3: Enlist others in parenting your kids
It was a good thing that Richard Parker had Ben and May Parker to help him raise Peter. The Osborn trusted no one and no one trusted them. Harry grew up alone in his struggle as a young man. It reminds me of how the church is a great support group that parents should never let go of. Why? Because the church is the only support group where Christian parents can have assurance that espouses and celebrates the same biblical values and ideals. Thammie and I try as much to connect our kids with other kids whose parents have the same values and ideals that we have because we know in the future when our kids grow up, they would need the support to live out their faith in a world of compromise and temptation.