Teaching My Kids Through Cartoons


I’m just a stay at home mom who loves to bond with her kids once a week for a “movie night.” I know for a fact that motherhood is tough and taking care of three kids, one of them was a toddler, is next to difficult. But I’ve noticed that spending two hours with them, lounged around the living room while watching a movie, had some positive effects. I think that’s because I explained to them the moral of the stories we watched and they seemed to apply it in real life.


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We Watched Elsa And Anna of Frozen


Elsa and Anna are sisters who lost their parents at a young age. They used to play together when they were younger, but Elsa pushed Anna away for many years because of fear. You see, Elsa had a gift – she can create snow and ice. One time, while playing, she hit Anna on the head which almost cost her life.


They lived in the same castle and yet, they were apart for years. When it was time for Elsa to rule their kingdom, Elsa released her power which made people afraid of her. Again, she pushed everyone away especially her sister Anna who then led to her almost demise with an ambitious prince. When Elsa was in danger, Anna saved her, and the latter shifted to ice.


Of course, it had a happy ending, and Elsa learned that she had to spread love instead of fear. She ruled their kingdom with her sister, Anna, by her side.



The Moral Lesson of Frozen


When it comes to family, love rules. Never shut them out from your life – your parents, siblings and other family members, because in the end, when you have nobody by your side, your family will always be there. Remember, “Love is the root of what brings each and every one of us to therapy—the need to understand love, the hunger and desperation to find love and experience love, the desire to love and the desire to be loved.” Stacy Donn Cristo, LMHC said.


One day, I saw the change. My firstborn was irritated of her younger sister and would lock the door while she played inside their room. I always had to tell her to open it so the second-born can go inside, but I didn’t have to do it anymore. She said to her younger sister – If I am Elsa, you are Anna. I am the Queen, and you are the Princess. But you are little and annoying. Still, I love you, and mom said I have to take care of you.


We Watched Ariel of The Little Mermaid


I know this movie is old, but it is one of the most beautiful cartoon movies of all time, for me. The lesson imparted in the film is also very rich.


Ariel is a mermaid, and she fell in love with a human Prince named Erik. Her father disapproves of her going to land because the King thinks that humans are savages. So, she went out of her way and was stubborn enough to meet the sea witch, Ursula. The witch gave her a potion wherein Ariel can walk, but can’t use her angelic voice. (Ariel sings very well.)


After that, she met Erik, and it was going well until Ursula had to intervene with their budding romance. The witch hypnotized Erik, and they almost got married. But Ariel went to the rescue and Erik realized that he loved Ariel all along. They battled with Ursula, and as usual, love wins over evil. They got married, and as said many times – they lived happily ever after.


Moral Lesson Of The Little Mermaid


Be cautious around strangers. They will act as your friend, but in truth, you just don’t know what they want from you. Some can end up harming you. (Talk about Ursula.) Stick to the ones you know better. “You know the ones—these are the people you know you can always call, text, or email when you need to feel a connection.” David Klow, a licensed therapist said.


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Follow your parents because they always want the best for you. And parents, don’t confine your children if you don’t want them to rebel. There must be a balance of things. Open communication is also essential. (The King was too proud to listen to Ariel and consider what she wanted in life.)


One time, I saw my second-born telling our youngest – Stay with me, Ally. Don’t go with other people especially since you don’t know them. Remember what Ursula did to Ariel? Ally replied with – Oh yes. She took away her voice! I don’t want strangers to rob my voice, Andy!


It was so cute!


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We also watched The Lion King, Brave, Finding Nemo, Finding Dory, The Good Dinosaur and many more. I’m not a perfect mother, but I try my best to teach my kids about life and how to be a good human being. Others say I’m foolish for teaching my kids through cartoons and I don’t care what they think. As long as my kids are learning something, and that they are good people, I think I’m doing what I’m supposed to do. Francyne Zeltser, Psy.D. said, “what’s more important than the quantity of time you spend with your kids is the quality of the time you do have together.” And that’s all that matters.