Can Today’s Kids Still Be Monster Kids?
The term ‘Monster Kid’ is widely applied to generations who grew up during the great monster craze that swept popular culture in America during the 1950s and 1960s. I came of age in the 1970s and there are plenty of my generation who relate, and adopt, the moniker of Monster Kid as well.
Many of us Monster Kids are far from childhood in our age but have had the privilege of raising kids of our own. Is it possible to raise modern Monster kids in the digital age? This Monster Kid Dad is giving it the old college try, with some mixed results.
Through my series, Raising Modern Monster Kids. I’ll keep readers updated on this journey and share my successes – and failures – for all to enjoy.
This is what my 8 year old son wrote in school on Friday:
As you can tell, my son loves Godzilla. We saw Godzilla 2014 in the theater last summer and he loved it. But that wasn’t the first Godzilla movie he saw. No, Terror of Mechagodilla, King Kong vs Godzilla, Godzilla vs Mothra, Destroy All Monsters, Godzilla: Final Wars and Son of Godzilla all preceded the Legendary reboot in my son’s Godzilla movie viewing. He’s 8 and he calls out the monsters as guys in suits, but once the giant monster brawls begin, he doesn’t care.
I really liked Legendary’s Godzilla and I’m okay if this new version becomes my son’s preferred Godzilla. He’ll have to make his own choices. All I can do is make sure he is exposed to the classic movies that inspired the reboot and hope that he falls for them like I did.
I’m optimistic that I can raise modern monster kids who love the new but treasure the classic.
This one is clearly in the ‘Win’ column! Enjoy and Happy Memorial Day to all you Monster Kids — young and old!