I’m so glad that I stuck to my plan of a quiet couple of weeks over the Christmas holidays. The break was stress free and Monkey was an absolute joy to be with. I’ve noticed a couple of changes since turning 6 in my young son. He is very selective over which films he will watch, he scares very easily. When you have a child who is terrified of the Patbots in Postman Pat the Movie, we only recently went back to the cinema to watch The Good Dinosaur. Next time we definitely need to avoid the trailers. Even watching films at home has been a total minefield, but I’ve seen a few changes since turning 6 from Monkey.
We’d tried watching Polar Express last year and it was a disaster, this year Monkey had spotted the DVD in Sainsburys and showed an interest in it. So I came up with a plan. I bought the DVD and book for his Christmas Eve box. It went down well that Berry the Elf had left them for him. Good start. We read the book before bedtime on Christmas Eve and Monkey loved it. So come Boxing Day we were all wanting to chill out a little, shall we watch Polar Express Monkey? Is it like the book Mummy? Yes, there are some extra bits but most if it is like the book. I won’t lie, there were a few wobbles, but we made it through the film and he gave it the seal of approval.
So I decided to take the bull by the horns and suggest we watch a film on TV over the next few days. Uum. I’d bought him Rio on DVD for Christmas as we’d been sent Rio 2 last year and that was one film he really did love. So we started our movie time with Rio, and it went well, ok, next stop Turbo – Monkey it’s all about a snail, you love snails don’t you? Uum. Another hit, wow, see what you’ve been missing Monkey?
Let’s try Brave, something freaked him right at the start and that was clearly going to be a no go. Ok, Monsters Inc, I really don’t think it’s scary Monkey, Scully looks like a teddy bear. I had no idea what the film was about, but luckily we got through the Monster scaring scenes relatively unscathed and Monkey conceded that the film was ok.
Finding Nemo? I’ve seen a bit of it at school. Ok, well shall we watch all of it? I don’t know. Monkey, I love this film, honestly it’s a good one. So he sat, all cuddled up with me and watched it. All of it.
This may all seem rather trivial to you, especially if your 6 year old has happily sat through Star Wars, but for us this is huge. I was left wishing I’d recorded more films whilst there were so many on offer. So I shall be looking for suggestions from you all. What can we tempt Monkey with next?