Turbo: Great for 5-year-old. Should I Have Brought My Toddler to the Movie?

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We took both kids to see turbo in the theater. It was another DreamWorks hit. Totally appropriate and fun for my 5 year old. I really can appreciate a movie with a message that we’re trying to teach him. In this case, it’s “Never give up!” Turbo follows his dream to win the Indy 500 despite the nay sayers who fail to support his endeavors, and his obvious limitation, being a snail.

We didnt go to the 3D show because we brought our 17 month old; I think it might mess with her eyes.  Note to self: research how 3D affects vision. Anyway, she sat through the movie on my husband’s lap. Exciting build-up of loud music and sound effects made her clingy in the beginning, but her eyes were peeled after that. I did feel like it was a waste of 96 minutes for her, but we’d never take our 5-year-old to a movie if we didn’t take her.

Were we wrong to bring our 17-month-old to a movie?

Don’t Compare Your Kids!

Everyone has strengths and weaknesses. This is true for kids and adults of all ages.  And, on average, kids develop skills at different rates within the normal range. So, don’t compare your kids! See my personal revelation of hypocrisy below.

This topic is on my mind because I took my son to his third tennis lesson today and watched him struggle through one of his weaknesses: gross motor skills and coordination. He has always been a little slower at running and less coordinated than his peers, preventing him from having much success at sports. Meanwhile, this kid is really smart. He’s always been advanced, verbally.  He’s like the kind of smart that makes me worry he’s going to be embarrassed by his parents’ average intelligence. (This is a guess…I don’t actually know our IQs.)

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Then there’s our 17-month-old daughter, with seemingly opposite skills.  She can keep up with her brother like nobody’s business.  Her fine motor skills are so great, she even holds a crayon with the three-finger grip! She’s loving, clever, humorous, and empathetic. She just doesn’t speak. Alright, she babbles and says a few words, but verbally she’s way behind where her brother was at her age.

Determined to ride her brother's scooter.
Determined to ride her brother’s scooter.

Oops, I’m not supposed to compare my kids! And for good reason. Everyone has strengths and weaknesses, and until I find evidence that my son’s or daughter’s skills are falling outside the normal curve, I vow to step back and watch them use their strengths to overcome their weaknesses. Also, I don’t want to set up a self-fulfilling prophesy for them: He’s the smart one and she’s the athlete. They’re 5 and 17 months for goodness sake! Take home message: Don’t compare your kids; let them be who they will be!

Remind me why I’m doing this.

I just navigated through an annoying problem with my brand new blog (I still don’t have a grasp of .htaccess files), but it’s all resolved.  Now I’m ready to start writing and I have to say, “Remind me why I’m doing this.”  The problem was quite stressful and caused me to forget all my great content ideas for a moment.  So, I thought a good place to start would be to explain to all of us why I started a blog.

I thought the prospect of blogging was not for me. “I don’t have that much to say. I don’t have the time. What can I offer that’s not already out there?” Then I started actually reading others’ blogs. Every person has a unique take on a given topic, and that’s what makes it interesting. Indeed, I do have a lot to say, especially on the topic of motherhood. And I can find the time; so far, late night blogging when the kids are in bed works.

So, what can I offer? There’s a lot of information out there for parents, true and false, useful and useless.  There’s a lot of pop science that can make moms crazy as they try to make the right decision for their kids. I’ll call upon my knowledge base, training, and experience to focus on what matters and, well, anything that comes to mind.  That’s all I can promise right now!