Sometimes my husband and I lament the fact that we haven’t seen a movie at the movie theatre in who knows how long. I think the last one we saw was Batman in 2008.

However, we have seen many children’s movies: Despicable Me. Kung Fu Panda, How to Train Your Dragon. The Lion King. Rio. I know the lyrics to Frozen. Since I am spending time with my kids while we watch the movies, it is not a waste of time. In fact, I think those movies serve another purpose.
I spend most of my time trying to teach my children life-lessons. Not always in a direct manner, but always something about love, compassion, family, and the importance of education. So although I sometimes miss out on the latest Oscar-nominated movie, I have found that children’s movies do a pretty good job of complementing what I am trying to teach my children.

Many of the movies follow a typical story-line. A character lacks the motivation or self-confidence to achieve a goal. Through the process of working towards the goal, he or she goes through a lot of ups and downs, deals with relationships, and eventually conquers emotional or psychological hurdles to become victorious. Those lessons are important and taught in a way that kids can understand.

Contrary to what movie pundits might say, I think those movies are valuable. But guess what? They are not just teaching significant lessons to my children. They also help ME overcome my own issues and empower me. That way, I can be a better role model for my children. And really, isn’t that what we are all trying to do?

lessons from a panda, a lion, and a dragon