I come to you today to talk about Cosplaying and doing it with your kids. I speak from experience when I say that cosplaying is one of the most rewarding things you can do. It may be even more rewarding when you and you children do it together.
Here’s a list of important things to remember if you’re cosplaying with your children:
1. Don’t force them.
The most important thing to remember when you are cosplaying with your kids is to not force them to do it. The last thing you want to do is to turn them away from the creative process and keep them from enjoying this hobby.
2. Let your children pick their cosplay.
My daughter has been cosplaying for the past two years. She has always chosen her characters and we have worked as a team to make her cosplays. Her favorite costume to wear is Batgirl and it has been a two year labor of love for her. I couldn't be more proud of her for putting this much work into it.
3. Learn when to say “no” and explain why.
You need to remember that you have the final say for approval. Your children need to understand why you’re not allowing them to dress as Poison Ivy from Arkham Asylum, so be patient and willing to explain.
4. Be creative with them.
When children take an interest in their parents’ hobbies, it’s important to jump on it. Cultivate their creativity and ability to express themselves.
5. Children can start cosplaying at any time.
Children can start cosplaying at any time. If you want to suggest cosplaying to your child, try during Halloween.
My son, who is 7, is now interested in cosplaying as the characters that he loves from Star Wars. Since he is starting out, I suggested some simple costumes to get him interested in cosplaying. Don't use the excuse I hear a lot, “Costumes are only for Halloween.” That is a bunch of Horse Swallow. You can dress as your favorite Game Character, Comic Book, Movie characters any time.
6. Dress up with your kids.
If you have a cosplay of your own, join them. If you don't, now is the best time to make one with them. You don't have to do matching costumes, either. Just do what you both love! My daughter cosplays as Supergirl and Batgirl, and is now working on a Jedi. I troop as Darth Vader, Kylo Ren and a Sith.
If your kids show an interest of cosplaying and doing what you do, share it with them and enjoy the accomplishments you both accomplish.
Until next time, keep it nerdy.