Saturday, May 14, 2011

7 Indispensable Parenting Lessons From Disney Movies

LESSON ONE, from Peter Pan
If you are going out for a night on the town, don’t leave your dog to watch your young children

But if you must do so, at least don’t chain up the dog outside the house. There’s not much she can do from there.

Even the most trustworthy dog would be rendered useless by this arrangement. (source)

LESSON TWO, from Finding Nemo 
You can’t protect your child from everything. You might think you are doing him a favor in trying to do so, but your child might think you don't trust him to handle anything on his own, or just that you are mean.

Your child wants to know that you trust him. (source)
 LESSON THREE, from The Little Mermaid

If you consistently freak out and blow stuff up when you find out your child is disobeying you, she is probably going to hide some things from you. So calm down if you want your kid to trust you enough to tell you about her life.

He can't handle the truth. (source)

LESSON FOUR, also from The Little Mermaid
If you find out your mermaid daughter has fallen in love with a human, and you have the power to magically give her legs and help make her dreams come true, just do it. It will save her from having to make a bad deal with a sketchy octopus woman.

Give yourself some legs and go along with her if you aren’t sure you can trust the guy. 

    If you won't help her, someone else will. (source)
LESSON FIVE, from Aladdin
If your daughter doesn’t want to marry a prince but has to do so because “it’s the law,” and you are the guy who makes the laws, then just change that one!

Do it before you get yourselves into a big mess with a giant evil-sorcerer-snake. It’s really a silly law anyway.

Examine your rules carefully. Ditch the nonsense ones. (source)

LESSON SIX, from Sleeping Beauty
If your daughter is highly susceptible to a specific risk, tell her about it! Instead of hiding it from her, show her what the dangerous thing looks like and explain why she should be extra careful to avoid it.

But, if you decide to send her to the forest to hide out, for goodness’ sake don’t bring her home the night before her curse expires. That’s just asking for trouble.

If they had just warned her, or waited ONE MORE NIGHT... (source)

LESSON SEVEN, from The Lion King
If your son is curious about a place he's never been and asks you about it, he may not be satisfied with an answer like: “Don’t worry about it, it’s dangerous, just don’t go there.” Instead of brushing him off, give him some more information about it, or maybe even take him there and help him explore it safely, with you.

Otherwise, he may go there alone or with his friends, and that could be much more dangerous.

Wouldn't you rather be with the kids when they run into these guys? (source)

 Did I miss any good ones? If so, please share!


  1. Um, actually - I would prefer not to run into those last guys at all. Snicker.

  2. This is a GREAT post. I agree with them all :) Nice work!

  3. Love these . . . especially the examples from Nemo and Little Mermaid, both of which we have seen, oh, 6000 times (give or take). In multiple languages.

  4. From Pinnochio,

    Telling lies will get you into trouble and you will be found out.

    From Dumbo
    Dare to be different, it can lead to great things!!