We came home from a hectic morning in town all ready to flop into the couch and watch a DVD for the afternoon.  The choice for everyone was to watch Ramona and Beezus.  The girls had seen it at a friend’s place but it was new for the rest of us.  I thoroughly enjoyed the movie.

The story is about a little girl who sees the world differently, who feels as if she doesn’t fit and is always in trouble.  She loves her family though and when she sees them going through a difficult time (Dad losing his job) she does her best to help the family out.

There is mischief, romance, teens growing up, siblings not liking each other (and changing their minds about this), there is family life.  I cried, laughed and watched some disasters about to happen out of the corner of my eye as I just couldn’t bear to watch what I knew was going to happen.  I really did enjoy the movie.

It had a few good lessons for us parents:

  • We need to recognise that our children are all unique – they think, feel and act differently from each other.   We need to affirm our children in their uniqueness.
  • We need to see our children’s hearts and not always their actions.  (I’m not talking about the out and out naughty things they do – but many times things just go wrong for them – in the adult world we’d call them accidents.)
  • Ramona jumped to conclusions that her parents were going to get a divorce – a reminder to us parents that our children may interpret our world differently than we do.  We need to be there for them and catch these misinterpretations – and reinterpret!
  • Romona’s dad thanked his daughter for being her, and for all her efforts.  Do we thank our children?

Things we could talk about as a family:

  •  Sibling relationships – what was the sister’s relationship like?  What is it good?  Bad?  Indifferent?
  • Changing relationships with boys/girls.  Maintaining friendship even if feelings get a bit mixed up
  • I didn’t like the attitude the girls had about sharing their room – or when they each had their own room.  It could be a good conversation prompt to talk to my kids again about why they don’t have their own room.
  • Money – what does Dad’s money pay for?  Why does dad have to work
  • Finding a job that you love – this is a great goal, but sometimes it doesn’t happen that way.
  • Are children a burden or a delight (in this film they are portrayed as a delight)
  • Princesses – what does this attitude look like in little girls?  Compare Ramona with her friend – what character traits shone?

We often talk about a movie either through it or at the end.  But we were so tired this didn’t happen this time round.  But lots to talk about over dinner during the coming week.

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