5 Female Disney Characters Grandparents Can Learn From
I grew up on Disney movies. From Ariel the little mermaid, Simba and the Genie, my siblings and I were so lucky to be surrounded by the great songs, stories and memories. Many of these came from my grandparents - I think our Jungle Book VHS tape was a gift from them...?
Disney remains a significant part of kid culture here in the UK, even with the advent of You Tube kids channels, Netflix for kids etc. etc. But what can we, and you as grandparents, learn from Disney heroines? They're not just for kids!!
"Just keep swimming" is Dory's mantra; she refuses to give up even when she struggles with personal challenges in Finding Nemo (2003). This fish has short term memory loss but it doesn't stop her making new friends, travelling - well, swimming - the world and helping to save Nemo. Grandparents and children alike need to remember to keep pushing through during bad times, keep plodding on, don't give up!
Belle from Beauty and the Beast (1991) is one of my absolute favourite characters because she teaches us it's ok to be a bookworm. She's in love with reading, and it allows her to broaden her mind from her small provincial town; having her nose in a book surely helps her discover a wider world and leads to adventures. Reading is so important for everyone, no matter how old or young, so make sure you're reading to those beautiful grandchildren. If they don't like fairy tales, try comics. If that doesn't work, try poems, the newspaper, or non-fiction books. Anything to expand their mind - you might even learn something too!
Making friends can be difficult no matter what age you are. In Lilo and Stitch (2002), little Lilo teaches us that everyone is worthy of friendship and love, regardless of what they look like. It's a story of having family beyond your relatives, and not judging people for their differences. Don't judge a book by it's cover - a good mantra to have in life, thanks Lilo!
In 1998 (yep, it's that old!) the movie Mulan reminds us that just because we're born male or female, it shouldn't affect our dreams and anything is possibly regardless of gender. It's an important message for your grandkids, teaching them about goals without gender boundaries.
Frozen 2 is shortly to come out in cinemas, much to the joy of thousands of kids across the world. I personally hope this one has as much of a moral to the story as the first instalment. In 2013, Frozen shows us the importance of not treating someone who's a little different... and different. To be different is not to be less, but kids need to be encouraged to share what makes them special, not to hide it. In Elsa's case, hiding her powers (read: abilities) from her sister was disastrous.
So, on this rainy autumnal day, why not read a Disney story featuring a strong female character to your grandchildren? We have much to learn from these fantastic cartoons!
Louise @ Navy Frog