Most mums and dads wish they had a super power to help with parenting

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The vast majority of parents (nine in 10) wish they had a superhero power to help with parenting and the ability to fly, time travel and never feeling tired top the choices.

A study of 2,000 mums and dads found invisibility – so they can get some peace – and x-ray vision to allow them to see what their kids are up to through walls, would also be on the wish list.

Another 24 per cent dream of having healing abilities so they could easily deal with any bumps and bruises their kids pick up.

And more than one in 10 would simply settle for a superpower that made kids keep their bedrooms tidy.

Others would like super strength and speed, the ability to stop time and to be able to get ready at the click of their fingers.

A spokesman for Vitabiotics Wellkid vitamins, which commissioned the research to launch its partnership with Marvel, said: “Everyone loves a good superhero. There’s no doubt that parents are the real life version.

“And while superpowers sadly don’t exist in the real world, there’s probably a few parents who wish they did to make their parenting lives a bit easier.”

The study also found three in 10 parents would pick teleportation as their top superpower of choice – to allow them to zip between work, home and other engagements.

A further 22 per cent would ideally like the power of telepathy, so they could see what was going through their children’s minds.

Having the power to be constantly full of energy, becoming a human lie detector, to spot when youngsters are fibbing, and being able to be in two places at once are also on parents’ wish lists.

The research also revealed 66 per cent of parents say their children are ‘superhero fans’, and a quarter have even dressed up as one of the current crop of heroes.

As a result, more than half have used lines such as ‘Thor would eat all his vegetables’ at dinnertime, to make kids eat things they may not like.

And for more than four in 10, this line of reasoning can actually be expected to work on their children.

More than half (57 per cent) of parents also believe superheroes are inspirational role models for their children.

For 54 per cent, this is due to a belief that superheroes teach how to have compassion and how to help others.

While three in 10 of those polled, via OnePoll, think superheroes show skills in intelligence or problem solving that are good lessons for youngsters to learn.

Wellkid Marvel’s spokesman added: “It’s great to hear that super heroes can be used as a motivator for healthy eating habits.

“And while many kids probably think having a superhero for a mum or dad might be fun, they’d probably realise they couldn’t get away with quite as much.

“After all, who’s going to tell Hulk they don’t want to eat their greens?”

Following the findings, Vitabiotics Wellkid vitamins has created a quiz to find out which superhero your child is most like at vitabiotics.com.

Top 20 superpowers parents wish they had

  1. Invisibility
  2. Flying
  3. Time travel
  4. Teleportation
  5. Super strength
  6. Super healing abilities
  7. Telepathy
  8. Super speed
  9. Talking to animals
  10. Super intelligence
  11. Never feeling tired
  12. The ability to stop time
  13. Immortality
  14. Constantly full of energy
  15. Being able to breathe underwater
  16. Being able to get ready – showered, dressed, clean teeth etc – at the click of a finger
  17. Invulnerability (impossible to hurt in any way)
  18. Psychic
  19. X-Ray vision
  20. Become a human lie detector – instantly know when someone isn’t quite telling the truth