As a kid, I remember the excitement of getting lost in a great book or movie. The feeling of identifying with a character or storyline normalized some of the feelings I wasn’t always well-equipped to deal with throughout childhood. It’s thrilling to watch my children devour stories – and be of an age where we can experience quintessential fun family outings, like spontaneous trips to the movies together.
We couldn’t wait to see Inside Out, which tells the personified story of emotions – joy, sadness, fear, anger, and disgust – all inside tween Riley’s head. The story unfolds in the most magical Pixar way. Illuminated marbles represent core memories, moving through space and sleep and ultimately remind us that it’s OK for emotions like sadness to take control when necessary.
Through Inside Out we see that memories and experiences that help define who we are, are not built on a strange dichotomy of happy or sad. They are strung together by a full spectrum of emotions – like speckled marbles reflecting a complex kaleidoscope of colors.
We leave movies like this with tangible ways to discuss emotional intelligence with our children. Striving our best to make room to allow our kids to explore and express how they feel in a safe and compassionate space. Even when it manifests into Olympic-level “YOU’RE THE MEANEST MOMMY EVER!!!!” – we hope that we offer lessons (and examples) in venting our feelings in appropriate ways. Aligned with what our children respond well too.
In our home, we continue to find a helpful tool in creating art. Fandango Family also offers so many other ways to discuss accessing our feelings via kid-appropriate Inside Out-inspired activities. Please join in the discussion in the comments below.
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