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18 Things I Don't Want My Kids to Learn From Romantic Movies

By Lori Garcia |

“You complete me.”

“It wasn’t over for me!”

“Here’s lookin’ at you, kid.”

Don’t pretend you didn’t just swoon a little and update your Netflix queue; I totally saw you.

Oh romantic movies, how I love you so. Your predictable storylines, stereotypical characters and of course, the lovely Rachel McAdams. I’m not here to knock you; oh no. Many hours I’ve spent cuddled up on the couch with my nerd girl glasses, bawling my eyes out while I daydream of one Ryan Gosling telling me that my breath smelled like sweet summer rain (or something equally swoony like that).

I grew up expecting to love like that; I think a lot of us did. My perfect match who would offer up some very public, inspired monologue that would melt my heart and make my girlfriends totally jealz. But then I fell in love and it was nothing like the movies; it was better because it was real.

I’m busy raising two boys who freakin’ better grow up to be good men someday. At their tender ages, they’ve already seen enough romantic movies to cause some serious man damage. It is my sincere hope that this post might someday save them from a love life of embarrassment, disappointment, and jail time.

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What Children Shouldn't Learn About Love From the Movies

Life is but a song

Tom Hansen loves Summer Finn big time, so big time in fact that he sings and dances about it. There's even a little cartoon birdy that follows him around. Love feels damn good, but it doesn't feel that good.
Repeat offenders: Top Gun, 10 Things I Hate About You, Grease
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What don’t you want your kids to learn about love from romantic movies?

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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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9 thoughts on “18 Things I Don't Want My Kids to Learn From Romantic Movies

  1. aplaceforthoughts says:

    Lori – you are hilarious. Great post!

  2. Anna says:

    The whole “love means never having to say you are sorry” thing. I didn’t get it when Love Story came out. I still don’t get it..

    Love means not only saying you are sorry, but working hard to take responsibility for your actions. “I was wrong.” big statement to someone you love.

  3. Paula says:

    I am a sucker for everyone of those movies! So funny. I really enjoyed that! You mean someone wanting to suck your blood is not romantic???

    1. mommyfriend says:

      Paula, I love them all too ;)

  4. Jennifer says:

    Toooo funny! I especially loved the Twilight caption. I never got those movies even though I watched them. I’m sorry but the first time he broke my truck so I couldn’t go see a friend of mine it’d be see ya later you controlling freak of a stalker! And then hand him the repair bill LOL

  5. Francesca says:

    I love most of those movies and there is a reason I love them! They are romantic! We all love romance and I hope my kids do too. Love comes in all shapes and sizes and there is nothing wrong with a grand gesture every now and then ;)

  6. Cheria says:

    That is really funny! Great post.
    Thank you. So in the mood for one of those …:)

  7. Julia says:

    How about for One Day, “Don’t take advantage of someone you REALLY care about because you want to go run around, sew your wild oats, and generally act like a drunken buffoon and then expect her to come running into your arms when you are finally ready to settle down.”?

  8. Angela says:

    Under “dramatic declarations of love happen in the rain”: add Chasing Amy

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