To be honest, the first time I saw the trailer or commercial for the Disney movie Cars 3, I got a totally different feel than I did from the first Cars film. Are children feeling it too?
Can children relate to a story about an aging professional who has to make room for younger competitors? That’s a pretty deep concept. A quick synopsis, McQueen a sympathetic hothead. He spends most of the movie struggling through encounters and adventures that are constantly reminding him that he is not the youngest or fastest car around anymore. He’s has been challengeded by up-and-comer Jackson Storm, a new model that was built and trained to go faster. Storm is is the typical challenger that nobody in the audience is rooting for. This a dynamic that children are made to understand thanks to Storm’s insensitive behavior. He’s not a very nice car, while McQueen is. McQueen is obsessed with going back to his roots, much like a Rocky Balboa in the later Rocky films. Storm is like one of Rocky’s challengers, such as Ivan Drago.
Do children understand McQeen’s story or are they just watching a Cars movie? You might want to be prepared for a laundry list of questions from your child if your going to show them this movie. Once can’t argue that it’s not an entertaining, fun Disney movie – but is that all it is or are kids getting the message from the movie? We would hope that if they are getting any kind of message at all, it’s not not the attitude from nasty old Storm.
To read this full article from The Hollywood Reporter….CLICK HERE.
Up, up and away! for kids, superheroes such as Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman & Spider-Man aren’t just fictional comic book heroes. These are options as to who they are going to be now and when they grow up.
Most kids by the time 2 years old hits are more than aware of the facination of superheroes. Especially these days with a new superhero movie being released every 13 seconds. Still – I remember when I was a kid, every bathroom towel and bed sheet was used as a cape as I ran through the house making flying noises. As far as I was concerend, I was Superman – there was no question about it. These days though it’s even better. The costumes and role playing get ups kids have access to (granted their parents are willing to pay for them), are amazing. Look out clean, organized house, it’s superhero, crime fighting time. Is that a good thing, or not so much?
This particular mom says…”I’d about had it with my tiny Batman impersonator until my mom, who’s well aware of the intensity of his super stage, called me last week to say she had heard a psychologist talking about the confidence-building benefits of superhero play on the radio. Apparently, kids who pretend to have super-smashing abilities or to fight crime like the Caped Crusader are markedly more confident than their non-role-playing peers.”
Letting these little guys whisk through the house fighting crime also benefits in building self esteem. As a 2 year old, kids have such little control over their own lives. By stopping imaginary trains and bending steel with their bare hands, protecting a whole world lets a child try on that cloak of competence and confidence.
By putting on a mask and cape from Target or Walmart, or even making one at home inspires creativity. The things they can come up with while playing with their action figures are these thourough, comprehensive scenarios beautifuly execuded. Keep in mind they are doing all of this while not even knowing how to talk yet.
So, God forbid they are not attempting to jump off of any roof tops, all of this is great, but can get old. You have to be really supportive and find creative ways to foster their superhero play in order for them to get the full benefits from it. Just be warned, some days the house will be a disaster from defeating the worlds super villains and some random days, they will be the bad guys…these are the days that it is more than your house that takes a beating. But to let them grow into creative, confident people – it is worth it.
To read this mother’s full article at Popsugar.com, CLICK HERE.
Researchers at Stanford used different labels for vegetables in the cafeteria. And when they called them things like “rich, buttery, roasted SWEET corn,” 25% more students ate it, and also took much bigger portions.
A new study figured out a pretty simple way to trick your kids into eating more vegetables without complaining the whole time. Just jazz up the NAME a little bit . . .
Researchers at Stanford recently spent about a month changing up the signs next to vegetables in the cafeteria. And they monitored how many students ate each vegetable when they called it different things.
They tried boring labels, like “corn” and “green beans.” They also tried things like “vitamin-rich corn” and “reduced-sodium corn.” It didn’t make a huge difference though.
But when they used labels like “rich, buttery, roasted SWEET corn,” 25% more students ate it . . . and the servings they took were 23% bigger.
The recipes never changed. The “rich, buttery” corn was exactly the same as when they just called it “corn.” And it worked the same way with other vegetables too.
So if you make something your kids hate like spinach, try calling it “sweet spinach” and see what happens. With young kids, you can have a little more fun with it if you want, and call it something like “Mom’s Sizzlin’ Sweet Spinach.”
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I’m sure you have heard of the new Wonder Woman movie by now. It’s sweeping the world as one of the best superhero movies ever. Not only is it an action packed, nerdfest for comic fans, but a positive rolemodel for our little girls to look up to. Wonder Woman is a strong, independant woman that knows no bounds and to make it even better, she’s killing it at the box office. Again…not just with the nerds.
Kids pay attention to and soak up everything. Even when we don’t even realize it, they are processing what’s going on around them. There is so much negativity out there in the world today, it is nice to know that Wonder Woman movie director Patty Jenkins has given our children something positive to absorb – especially the girls – but not just the girls.
Jenkins tweeted a list of kindergartners’ reactions to Wonder Woman, and no pun intended…but it is wonderful.
My producer just sent me this… ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE! This makes every hard day worth it. Thank you to whomever wrote it!!❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ pic.twitter.com/3DzIaMueIh
— Patty Jenkins (@PattyJenks) June 11, 2017
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