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  1. Kyle @ Aspired Living
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    I have never seen Frozen so no I am curious if it’s something our family would enjoy and I’m going to have to dig into that book list! :D
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  2. LydiaF
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    I haven’t seen Frozen, but I don’t think 3 is too young to go to the movies as long as the 3 yr old can sit through the movie without getting fussy. The first movie I remember going to see was Chitty Chitty Bang Bang when I was not quite 5. My kid’s first movie was The Lion King. All Disney. Thanks for linking up to Whatever Honey :)
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  3. Richetta Blackmon
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    Thanks for the list and I love new resources. I will be looking more into this movie what a great way to discuss real life with the kiddos.
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  4. Ann
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    It’s sad to see how now many of the animated movies out there are even very questionable to watch, and especially take our young children to. I suppose if anything, there were lessons that we need to teach our children NOT to do or how to think about how unwise the characters were. Thanks for sharing your thoughts about this movie!
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  5. Katie
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    I enjoyed this post. What a creative idea! I like Lesson #1 the best. You are so right about all of those qualities that children are taught to fear and hide. Sometimes, it extends into adulthood and that is just so sad. Nice work!

  6. Julie@teachinggoodeaters
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    I’m generally not a big fan of animated movies… I love them for the kids, I just don’t have the patience to sit through them myself, so my husband usually takes the kids to the movies. However, my daughter asked to have a “date,” with me to see Frozen. I actually really enjoyed the movie. I think that the music was one of the main reasons. The music was more along the lines of what you would hear in a broadway musical than what you typically get in a kid’s movie! I think that your perspective on the lessons you can learn from this movie is very interesting. I was really disturbed by how the parents handled the issue of “hiding,” Elsa and her powers/ curse and perhaps you are right that this could be related to parents not really dealing with other issues and instead ignoring them/ hiding them, etc. While the adults watching this can recognize the disastrous results of the parents decision to handle things the way the did, I’m not sure what message is sent to kids and now wonder what my daughter thought. I may have to open up a discussion with my daughter… thanks for helping me to think about the movie on a deeper level!
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  7. Rachel Lavern@Online Biz Boomer Babe
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    I once loved Disney movies and ran to see every one of them as soon as they were released. With all of the changes that have been made within their executive offices, I no longer make it a point to go see them…only if someone highly recommends it. Thanks!
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  8. Amy
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    Point #2 resonates with me! There are SO MANY children out there who feel like no one loves them and if we teach our children to be good friends, we can love those “unloved” children through our kids! Thank you for this post… and the list of parenting books! Another parenting book that I have really appreciated is “Sacred Parenting.”
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  9. DeDe@DesignedDecor
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    Just watched the movie the other day. My husband’s partner who has a 5 year old daughter brought it in and insisted that we watch it. I am a mom of 4 boys ages 25 to 17, why are we watching this? It was a good movie and I love the lessons you took from the movie! We need to have parenting lessons in all movies that we watch with our kids!
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  10. Joleen Tawfik
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    Oh my goodness never thought of things that way. We loved the movie Frozen and this is an eye opener on teaching kiddos. Thanks for sharing. Great post!
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  11. Yolanda
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    You have just made me fall in love with this movie even more! I didn’t think that was possible. You are so right about all of these life lessons. I saw this with my 13 year old daughter and it really hit home with us. The feelings of isolations, etc.

  12. Sarah @ Thank You Honey
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    Love your book list! Haven’t seen Frozen yet. I really enjoyed reading your post. Thank you for sharing on Whatever Wednesday on Thank You Honey! Hope to see you again next week!
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  13. Audrey
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    Love the part about parenting being on the job training! Good thing we can’t be fired for making mistakes!

  14. Shelah
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    Hi Jasmine! I have never seen Frozen but I can’t wait for it to come out on DVD. My daughter saw it with her friends and she couldn’t stop talking about it. She said it was better than Tangled and Brave which are on top of our list.
    I was so thrilled to find out that you’re a Harry Potter fan, so am I! I would love to button swap with you if you’re interested. Let me know.. :)
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  15. Bernadette
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    I’ve bookmarked your blog to come back and read up on parenting – hopefully in the coming year (fingers crossed). My husband and I love going to Disney movies and always feel so awkward doing so without kids. We’re waiting for it to come out on video because we’ve heard lots of great things about the messaging in the movie – even for adults. Can’t wait to see it.
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  16. April
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    My children (16.5 & 13.5) and I went to this with my mom and niece (3.5). (We used taking the 3 yr old to her first movie as an excuse to go see it :-D. We all liked the movie, but it was too intense for her in several spots – watching on DVD first would have been better for her.) I didn’t know anything about the movie before going (except the snowman trailers :-D) – I was surprised by the depth of life lessons all through the movie.

    I think the life lessons were portrayed very well. As a child I learned to hide in and from various fears, the line of “Conceal It; Don’t Feel It; Don’t Let It Show.” and then the “Let it go” song had me holding my breath, fighting tears. I related so thoroughly to the relief of letting go and the resulting too far extreme actions. Fear is normal, but we don’t have to be controlled by it.

    I agree, it is up to each of us to deal with “our own stuff” and not put our fears on our children. I absolutely loved how hard the younger sister fought in love for the older, and how in the end it is what sprung her from her trap of fear – not a Prince. (I’m not against guys, but they aren’t our salvation and marriage isn’t something to be taken lightly) There aren’t many Disney movies I like, but I did appreciate many aspects of this one.

  17. Corinna
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    It worries me a bit that Anna got married so quickly. I want my daughters to go to college than experience life as a single adult before they get into a long-term relationship. I hope this movie is not teaching our young girls to marry early.
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  18. Finch
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    What an amazing and insightful post! I loved the way you broke down the movie and identified such emotional touch points. Parents do have such influence over their children and so many don’t realize the lasting impact.

    Thank you again..I need to see Frozen!
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  19. Tracy @ Using Time Wisely
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    I haven’t seen Frozen, but I applaud you for taking a 3-year-old. I also like how you are teaching your children lessons from the movies they watch. When Frozen comes out on DVD, we’ll view it. Now we have some lessons to discuss as they come up. Thanks!

  20. Tracy @ Using Time Wisely
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    I have not seen the movie Frozen, but I applaud you for taking a 3-year-old to see a movie. I also like how you teach lessons from the movie to your children. When the movie comes out on DVD, we will get to view it. I’ll then have some ideas for learning from the movie. Thanks!

  21. Ces
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    I try to strike a balance between being lenient and being strict, but sometimes it’s just too hard to find the right mix. I guess it depends largely on what your current situation is. My parents have been really strict with me and my brother when were kids. They transferred a lot of their fears into us (me most especially), and so we grew up always being on the safe side. My parents’ intentions were good, that I know for sure, although I sometimes wish that they’d let us run free and skin our knees instead of just sitting at home watching TV.
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  22. Pamela
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    Thank you for your post. I haven’t seen the movie yet so it’s interesting to hear the messages you took away from the plot. I have 4 year old twins who are very close. They will start full time school this fall and I hope that they will continue to be so close. If you are friends with your sibling this will be such a benefit to both of you when you become adults. As you write, parents can help to support that friendship.
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  23. Miranda @ Cookie Dough & Oven Mitt
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    Lesson 1 was the best. I have to completely agree with you. Frozen looks like an adorable movie. I have a 2 year old and I know for sure he’s too young to take to the theater. He loves to narrate movies and shows. I can only image the stares and scowls we would get over that in a theater.
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  24. Becky
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    So, I don’t have any kids (yet!), but loved this post. And I think it’s awesome that you took your 3 year old to see a movie. What a cool mom! I haven’t seen this movie yet, but I’ve heard lots of good things about it, and am waiting for it to come out on Redbox. I’m excited to see if I see the same themes you did in the movie . Sidenote: I want to read that book about siblings being friends. I think that’s so important! Thanks for the post!

  25. Heather McD
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    I have never seen Frozen but I want to see it, especially after your post. Those are great lessons. Fear can definitely make everything different and screw things up. Thanks for listing the additional books to read. I will check some of them out.

  26. Amanda E
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    “But, for the love of chocolate, don’t make your child hide in fear! Confront the issue and be your child’s strongest ally.”

    ” True freedom can only be found within loving boundaries. ”

    Love both of these statements. I can see how I have headed down the wrong path and thank the Lord that He is working this out in me.

    I also really like the you gave us so many book references to read! Seriously, big thanks.

    Although I have not seen the movie. I am not intrigued to watch. I appreciate your very honest evaluation on this movie!

  27. Aishah
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    I loved reading “How to talk so kids will listen.. and listen so kids will talk.” I enjoyed reading your post. I have been hearing raves about Frozen but I haven’t seen it yet. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and I totally saved your post to my Pocket so that I can look up the books to read them. I love reading especially parenting related stuff as a parent of 3. :)

  28. Alyssa
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    I don’t have kids yet, but you bring up some interesting points regarding this movie, especially the second point. I’ve always wondered if movies (Disney movies especially) are to blame when it comes to girls being so quick to “fall in love” and get married.
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  29. Marie
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    All three points are excellent observations from the movie. I really liked the movie, by the way, as did most of my kids – even the older ones. I think you’re first point resonated with me the most. Our children watch us every hour of every day. What we say to ourselves and to others, well they pick up on that. So if fear is a constant companion for us, it most likely will be for our children as well. Thanks for such an insightful post!
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  30. Jill
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    Great points! I actually was having this discussion the other day with a parent friend of mine about things that parents inadvertently ‘give’ their kids, including ideas about body image and fears. Thank you for a great post. I love that you were able to pull lessons from a children’s movie that we can all learn. Fear can be a powerful teacher if we allow it that honor.

  31. Lori
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    These are some great lessons you pulled from the movie! We took my 2.5 year old and 4 year old when their cousin was visiting a week, and we did great until the iceman. Son was done at that point lol. I researched it before we took them, and one of the things I liked was that Plugged In Movie Review referenced the amount of sacrificial love in the movie. I agree with you – the parents dropped the ball early on when they chose to hide Elsa’s powers. We as parents do that often with talents and traits we don’t possess ourselves. Thank you for the book list – I will be referencing that often!
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  32. Carol
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    Thank you for the thorough review! I want to see it. The lesson that resonates with me is teaching our children to be friends! My girls were only 2 years apart, and were best buddies/playmates before they started going to school. Going to school definitely changed that! When they were in middle school and high school, we started home schooling. It took a year of hanging out with other home schooled children for my girls to become friends again! The only criterion, for the home schooled kids to be able hang out in little groups together, was a common interest in doing the same activity, at the same time. Older children helped/taught the younger ones. It was so refreshing :)

  33. Christina Brockett
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    You know, I like to say that we are our own reality show and our kids are the audience. They pick up on everything and whether we like it or not, we need to be conscious of that at all times.

    I haven’t seen frozen yet, but my 8-year-old daughter is dying to, so I am glad to have a bit of insight (thanks to your post) before watching it with her.

  34. Missy
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    I want to see this movie, it looks so cute! The Disney movies always have the best lessons. I am not yet a parent, but I will bookmark your list of books, they look interesting.

  35. Sabrina
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    ~~The proper response is to get over OUR OWN FEARS…Confront the issue and be your child’s strongest ally. You are so dead on with this and I hope that I have done a good job of cleansing myself to not pass on my drama to my little ones.

  36. Val
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    I’ve heard nothing but raves from all the kids and parents about Frozen. I’m looking forward to it coming out on dvd so I can borrow it from one of them. My kids are old teens now so I miss out on a lot of the cool Disney movies.

    I don’t think 3 is too young to go. As long as you don’t think you will always stay for the whole movie. My Dad took our oldest to her first movie around that age. It was extra special for her since we had a new baby at home :)
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  37. MommyLES
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    I’ve never seen this film yet, but I have read a lot of good reviews about it. After reading this post, I’ve come to realize my parenting loopholes. I always fear for my kids especially my middle child. I tend to be overprotective of him. this post opened my eyes to valuable lessons about parenting.
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  38. Christine Boulware
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    This is a fabulous blog post…can we repost? The clips from the movie are perfect and simply genius. Thank you!!

  39. Maryann Gates
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    My daughter is in the gifted program, but this year she is struggling with the way they teach the new Common Core math. My husband made the mistake of saying to her that he was never good at math in school, and apparently my daughter told her teacher that it was OK if she didn’t do good in math, because her dad was never good in math either. It’s amazing the things they learn from us and pick up on.
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  40. Cindy
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    This is so sweet! No kiddos here yet, but I love that you found ways to turn Frozen into teaching material.
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