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January has been a rough month for us, but it’s coming to an end and hopefully the rest of 2015 is kinder to us. This month we’ve been battling sickness that has made it’s way around the house a few times, we took a trip to visit my grandparents in Kentucky and we said goodbye to my husband’s grandfather, who passed while we were on said trip.
There are a ton of movies about families that I could share here, but I want to share ones that Charlie (my preschooler) would enjoy.
I think most of us are familiar with these, but I believe they can each make for a great conversation starter about family. Whether that be the death of a family member or just how important family really is.
Family isn’t always the people you’re related to either. When you lose a family member, those gaps will be filled by another as you create your own little family.
I know for us, our favorite of these is Brother Bear. There’s a message about remembering the good times you had with each other and loving what you do have. It’s a really sweet movie and one I don’t mind putting on anytime.
Death can be a scary thing to talk about and try to explain to little ones, but it’s something that needs to be addressed. I read something earlier this week about a mom that was bashing Disney for showing death scenes in their animated films. You can’t shield real life from kids, but there are movies that will allow you to talk about it without just coming right out and talking about it.
If you don’t know, I’m a sap. I cry while watching movies all the time. I think it’s good for Charlie to see me crying when I’m upset. He knows that it’s okay to express his sadness and hopefully he’ll grow to not hold things in. When exposed to death and dying, children are going to worry about their own death and the death of those they love. Get a feel from your little one on how much they really want to know and go from there. Don’t push explanations on them, but let them talk it out as they need to.
Do you have any suggestions on movies to watch that really stress the importance of family and how to cope with tragedies?