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11 Movie Metaphors for Parenting

By Lori Garcia |

Raising kids is equal parts horror, action, drama, comedy, and science fiction — so it only makes sense that so many movies are metaphors for parenting.

Oh c’mon, you know that movie about that gruesome zombie totally reminded you of your adorably drooly, slow-crawling 9-month-old. (Maybe that baby talk really translates to “braaaains, braaaains …”) OK, maybe that was just me, but I can’t help but draw eerie similarities between parenting and thematic elements of popular cinema.

Still not convinced? Check out these 11 popular movies and my parenting take on ‘em.

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Movies That Are Metaphors for Parenting-Motherhood-Fatherhood

Sleeping With the Enemy

Sleeping with a mouth-breathing, rib-kicking, cover-stealing toddler is pretty damn hellish if you ask me. By day (and between tantrums), your toddler is an angel. By night, he becomes your sworn co-sleeping enemy.
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Are any of your favorite movies metaphors for parenting?

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About Lori Garcia


Lori Garcia

Lori Garcia is a writer and mother of two living and loving in Southern California. When she's not fussing with her bangs, you can find her shaking her groove thing on her personal blog, Mommyfriend where she almost never combines true tales of motherhood and mayhem with her degree in child development. Read bio and latest posts → Read Lori's latest posts →

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