It has been a bit of an emotional rollercoaster over here. Our three year old has been kindly nicknamed a Threenager because she is three going on eighteen thanks to her emotions and attitude. It’s okay though, we get it. She is trying to find a way to express her emotions, and sort through how she is feeling.
Recently I played Inside Out for her on Netflix. It was such a great way for her to visually understand things. She very soon was saying “Mom that’s me! That’s how I feel!” during several moments of the show. She totally relates to Anger and becoming a little ball of fury. She also totally understands why Sadness is so blue. I think she really needed to see this and have another way of being able to explain to us how she was feeling. It’s almost like she now has a colour code to tell us what is going on.
We have all really enjoyed the fact that Netflix has added so many great Disney movies to its lineup and this is one of them! The opening of the movie has you grow up with Riley, the main character, and you instantly become connected to her. It then brings you to current Riley, and the main story line. As a parent I totally appreciate how they depict everything in the film. Disney did an incredible job of showing what it’s like to be inside of someone else’s emotions and thought process.
If you have a child that is working on some big emotions, sit down and watch this with them. You all might come out of it having learned something. If you are also going to be moving this is a good one to watch because it has this as a bit of the story line with moving to a new place, and the emotions connected to that for a child.
Emotions are a big thing to sort out for kids, let’s help them to understand things as best we can, and give them the ability to be able to describe what is going on for them.