Saturday, July 24, 2010

But I'm *NOT* Scared!

I have a trio of fun giveaways going on right now:

Family calendar giveaway from BusyBodyBook right here.

JumpStart Get Moving Family Fitness game for the Wii right here.

Spinbrush MyWay! (for girls) battery operated toothbrush right here.


As a special treat last night, the wee ones and I headed to the library to borrow a movie to watch for a special movie night with Mommy. Have I mentioned how much I love the library? Free books, free movies, free artwork, free all sorts of great stuff!

I digress.

We went to the library partly because I want to start expanding the wee ones' repetoire of movies. While I tend to be fairly conservative about what I'm comfortable letting them see - just because it's G doesn't mean it's ok! - this also means they have seen only a handful of different movies. Ever.

As Mister Man is going into first grade, this is starting to be a social issue for him - and he has enough of those already. Part of the reason I don't show more movies is that Mister Man gets freaked out by them so much. When he's seen part of Ice Age while at a friend's house, he ran into the kitchen screaming because he was scared. We watched The Muppet Movie recently, and that scared Mister Man. We tried The Rugrats Movie, and Mister Man asked me to turn it off.

At some point, he needs to learn to be a little less sensitive, and my shielding him from the majority of television and movies (uhhhh yeah, we don't watch tv either - go fig) probably isn't helping matters any. That doesn't mean that I'm going to start having the wee ones watching any movie, but I do recognize that we need to start branching out.

In the end, we chose The Tale of Despereaux, which looked to be fairly cute and innocuous. But fairly innocuous doesn't mean that we won't have issues going trying to watch it.

In preparation for this, we talked about movies - how they are generally good versus evil, since that makes for a good story. We discussed how we know that in the end, good always wins out but that sometimes bad things might happen along the way. If nothing bad or surprising ever happened, it wouldn't make for very much of a story.

Mister Man seemed to be buying into this a little, and it was a pretty good conversation. We talked about the stories that he makes up in his head (he invented his own comic book "Beyond Time In Space" and is convinced he's going to write more Star Wars movies), and he seemed to realize that they also had the good versus evil theme.

We got home and ate dinner before I prepped the movie. I got out my Angie's Kettle Corn (too hot to pop popcorn on the stove last night!), and we started the movie.

Every few minutes - especially when something a little intense was happening like a cat trying to attack a mouse or knights chasing a rat - Mister Man would pipe up.

I'm not scared.

This part isn't scaring me.

This isn't scary to me.

It's ok. I don't think this is scary.

While some of this may have been more for his benefit than mine, he made it through the movie and loved it. He was so proud of himself, and he can't wait for another Movie Night with Mommy where he can choose a new movie.

And another entertaining moment today from Mister Man? When discussing how digestion works, he explained that, "Once food is digested and moves out of your stomach, it goes to your large Einstein." I was with my mom at the time, and we both had the worst time trying not to burst out laughing. Poor kid.


anymommy July 25, 2010 at 12:24 AM  

Aw, Gee does the same thing. He hides his head and tells me he's not scared. They are so sweet.

Tara R. July 25, 2010 at 8:03 AM  

Good for Mister Man! That's a big step for him. Way to go!

Dawn Parsons Smith July 25, 2010 at 9:42 AM  

Props to Mister Man for giving it a go! I love the whole "Einstein" thingy! How adorable!!

The library is such a great resource for movies, isn't it?!

septembermom July 25, 2010 at 2:50 PM  

Love the Einstein reference! Too funny. I love going to the library for all those reasons too.

My three youngest are afraid of bees. I was happily surprised that they loved the Bee Movie. Of course, Jillian tells me, "Mommy, these are CUTE bees. The real ones are no fun :)"

Mary~Momathon July 25, 2010 at 6:52 PM  

Awww, so glad he made it through the movie!

Michelle July 25, 2010 at 9:42 PM  

Stacey - Isn't it cute? I love how they keep saying it out loud. Today he saw the case and talked again about how he liked it and how he WASN'T scared. Progress, I think?

Tara - It is, isn't it? And he's wanting to listen to Radio Disney instead of Kids' Place Live, too. That I'm sorta sad about though.

Bee and Rose - The Einstein thing was hilarious. I love what comes out of their mouths sometimes.

Kelly - The library rocks. We are there at least once a week. And as for bees - have they heard the "Leave Those Bees Be" song? It really helped the wee ones.

Mary - So am I. Little Miss was curled up on me sorta scared at a few parts, but today she professed no fear. Her, I'm not worried about though.

Pat July 25, 2010 at 10:05 PM  

Good for Mr. Man! That was so cute and funny. When my oldest was 2, an octopus close-up with the music "Pomp and Circumstance" on Sesame Street came on. He screamed and ran and hid behind a chair. Same thing happened when two cartoon crows on HeeHaw said "We'll be right back," just before a commercial. He hid under his jacket whenever ET was on the screen during the movie ET.

He was always a rather timid little boy, and is still pretty shy, but now he's an engineer and a project manager...woohoo for Nathan!

Michelle July 25, 2010 at 10:26 PM  

Pat - That's part of what we all need to remember: no matter what we worry about now, they'll find what they're passionate about and find happiness in life.

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