I love Halloween. And I love my daughter. And I love that my daughter loves Halloween.
But I always get frustrated this time of year, for a very specific reason.
Every October, I select a bunch of great movies for us to watch. Nothing overtly scary, of course. Strictly harmless, spooky/funny fare. Family-friendly flicks, all the way. Movies I’ve seen and assessed carefully for her. My girl can be
a total wuss a bit skittish about scary stuff, so I’m very mindful of that. I only choose movies that I know, for a fact, my daughter will love.
Her mother and I both pride ourselves on having a 100% perfect track record in this regard. We know this girl. Everything we’ve ever persuaded her to watch or read, she’s loved.
But to this day, the kid will still dig her heels in the ground when she thinks she might not like something, and nothing on Earth can make her budge no matter what we say.
Her mom claims it’s due to stubbornness, plain and simple. Our daughter has never liked the idea of having someone else pressure her to see anything, read anything, listen to anything, or do anything. Sure, yea, I get it. Fair enough.
I say it’s about trust. She doesn’t trust either of us, one bit. Despite an unbroken record of exposing her to stuff she later LOVES, there’s zero trust.
Make no mistake: I take this completely personally. Especially when it comes to fun Halloween movies. This is my area. I know what I’m doing. It’s not like I’m trying to make the kid sit through Carrie. My goal isn’t to make her become the first ever 11-year-old stroke victim. I just want the two of us to sit together and enjoy some good, classic movies and have non-traumatizing spookerific fun.
Here are the movies that, for random reasons, my daughter has refused to watch:
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