Just keep swimming…

Lately, O has been asking to watch films…

He has obsessed over Alice in Wonderland, singing along to the Mad Hatter’s Happy Un-Birthday tune.
He has asked time and again to watch the Minions and Gru, giggling his socks off every time Kevin or Stuart comes on screen.  The Despicable Me films really are enjoyable for the whole family!  We’re huge fans of the soundtracks, cleverly written by “Are you Pha-Reel” Williams!
At the moment, it would appear O’s film of choice is Finding Nemo.  He throws himself around in fits of laughter at Dory the forgetful angel fish and at Marlin’s rather terrible dad jokes.
Although I’m not a fan of using the television as a babysitter, these films can really be useful when you need to clean up the kitchen after dinner, or sort out the paperwork without distractions every 5 seconds from the kiddie winkles!  But on further reflection, they do find a way of sharing important messages with our children.
Take Finding Nemo for example.
Nemo rebels from his protective father, Marlin, by swimming out to sea and touching the ‘butt’ of the diving vessel.  He’s then caught by a diver and taken away to a tank in a dentists surgery where he’ll become a present for an over-excited and spoiled little girl.
The lesson here is to listen to your parents as they know what’s best for you and wish to keep you safe…
However, it would seem that there’s more to it than that.  I believe that this film teaches parents a thing or two!
Marlin has wrapped Nemo in cotton wool from the day he was born and telling him that he isn’t capable of achieving things on his own due to his ‘little fin’.  When Nemo rebels, Marlin doesn’t act quickly enough and is devastated to find that he’s lost his son.  After a humungous trek to Sydney, he is eventually reunited with Nemo with the help of Dory.  
The lesson here for parents, I think, is to allow your child to learn their own capabilities.  If we have faith in them, they shall have faith in themselves.  Children should be taught to make mistakes and learn from them.  We have a duty to bring up our children to care for themselves and make their own decisions that will affect the future.  Yes, we should guide them and give them all the tools that they will need for this journey, but they have to make it on their own, knowing that their parents will support them all the way.
What’s your favourite animated film?  Is there a particular moral to the story?

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