We recently decided to watch a classic by the name of “Where the Red Fern Grows” with our two boys. We were both pretty excited to introduce a movie based on literature to our kids. I think 50% of the family is finally done with “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs” which is just fun to request because the kids call it “Cloudyballs”. The best part of watching a scary movie you’ve already seen is watching it with someone who is seeing it for the first time. You can’t wait to see their reactions to your favorite parts.
In the event of a drama, I think it’s the same. This may be a confession, or it may have you nodding your head in agreement but my husband and I both knew the movie would be sad, we both knew it had the potential to make our 8-year-old cry, and we both could not wait till that part came. It seems pretty messed up when I put it that way but I think, deep down, we like to use these types of movies as opportunities to see what kind of kids we have. I truly wanted to know the level of compassion my kid would have for this kid who lost one dog to tragedy and the other dog to a broken heart. Movies like E.T. can tell a lot about sensitivity, compassion, attachment and how a child values relationships. So, of course, our son ended up crying at the end, during the montage of the dogs who had passed (this is the Dave Matthews version of the movie, by the way). And, of course, we felt like big jerks for letting it happen. But in the end, we also gained an opportunity to talk about what the boy would do next, how he would deal with it, and how we would deal with the loss of our pet if it ever came. It sure beats bringing down the conversation over dinner in a random fashion. Anyhow, my poll of the week is related to this post. Vote on it if you like. If you think of any other movies that can be used to open up converstations with children, comment below. I just picked the first five that came to mind. Don’t laugh!