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18 Things I Want My Kids To Learn From Romantic Movies

RomanceIf you’re a sucker for romantic movies like I am, you already know how contrived and ridiculously awesome the plot-lines of these movies can be. Personally, I think that’s what appeals most to the wannabe princess in all of us.

While I’m the same person who wrote 18 Things I Don’t Want My Kids To learn From Romantic Movies last week, I can think of at least another 18 solid lessons about love worth taking away from them.

Forget about the not-at-all-awkward first time sex, lack of ugly crying, and grandiose romantic gestures; these cinematic lessons of love and heartache are not only true, but totally worth believing in.

  • Sometimes love just ain’t enough 1 of 18
    Sometimes love just ain't enough
    The hardest goodbyes are the ones where there's no one to blame.
    As seen in: The Bodyguard, The Bridges of Madison County
    Get it from Amazon, $10.45
  • Don’t judge a book by its cover 2 of 18
    Don't judge a book by its cover
    So maybe this advice is cliche but there's a lot to be said for getting to know someone's heart.
    As seen in: Beastly, Edward Scissorhands
    Get it from Amazon, $19.99
  • Listen to your heart 3 of 18
    Listen to your heart
    Far beyond a "gay cowboy movie" as it's been dubbed, this heart wrenching tale of fobidden love reminds us that denying your heart means denying your happiness.
    Get it from Amazon, $4.79
  • Marriage takes work 4 of 18
    Marriage takes work
    No one said happily ever after was easy but when it's real, it's worth fighting for.
    As seen in: Trust the Man, The Story of Us, The Kids are Alright
    Get it from Amazon, $14.99
  • Her parents might not like you 5 of 18
    Her parents might not like you
    Whether it's your piercings, your family, your lack of employment, or your overwhelming desire to dance — her parents might not like you. Try to understand, they had her first.
    As seen in: Footloose, Say Anything, Romeo + Juliet, The Notebook and a billion others
    Get it from Amazon, $7.73
  • Love her, love her family 6 of 18
    Love her, love her family
    Your girl will come with baggage of the familial kind — but so do you.
    As seen in: Fools Rush In
    Get it from Amazon, $5.63
  • Go for the smart girl out of your league 7 of 18
    Go for the smart girl out of your league
    Loveable loser Lloyd Dobbler had it right when he fell for valedictorian Diane Court. Together they inspired not only each other, but ridiculous record sales for Peter Gabriel.
    As seen in: She's Out of My League
    Get it from Amazon, $7.49
  • Love will find a way 8 of 18
    Love will find a way
    Call it fate, call it serendipitous — whatever it is, it's real. Forces of nature much larger than us will bring you two together. Don't question it; enjoy the possibility.
    As seen in: The Notebook, Forces of Nature
    Get it from Amazon, $9.49
  • You’ll get a second chance at love 9 of 18
    You'll get a second chance at love
    Still pining for the one who got away? The fates aren't nearly so stingy with love. You'll get a second chance; believe in it.
    As seen in: Under the Tuscan Sun, Last Chance Harvey, Something's Gotta Give, Sideways, The Holiday
    Get it from Amazon, $6.99
  • Opposites attract 10 of 18
    Opposites attract
    We see it all the time, the thin line between love and hate. He's straight-laced, she's a free spirit. She's a good girl, he's a very bad boy. Whatever it is, the chemistry is making sparks fly.
    As seen in: Fools Rush In, Titantic, Something New, Pretty Woman
    Get it from Amazon, $4.99
  • Men and women can’t be friends …or can they? 11 of 18
    Men and women can't be friends ...or can they?
    Harry smugly boasts, "Men and women can't be friends because the sex part always gets in the way." Lucky for these two, men and women can be both friends and lovers.
    As seen in: Friends With Benefits, He's Just Not That Into You
    Get it from Amazon, $7.49
  • Go for the nice girl 12 of 18
    Go for the nice girl
    Never underestimate the power of the nice girl.
    As seen in: Every Meg Ryan or Drew Barrymore movie ever made
    Get it from Amazon, $5.98
  • Your deepest connections may not be romantic 13 of 18
    Your deepest connections may not be romantic
    Sometimes the universe tosses you a kindred spirit in the most unlikely form. Cherish these relationships; they'll change you for the better.
    As seen in: Once
    Get it from Amazon, $6.33
  • Don’t hire a smokin’ hot wedding planner … 14 of 18
    Don't hire a smokin' hot wedding planner ...
    or nanny. Just don't. Ask Jude Law about it.
    As seen in: The Hand That Rocks The Cradle
    Get it from Amazon, $6.73
  • Don’t rule out the outcast 15 of 18
    Don't rule out the outcast
    The misunderstood are almost always worth taking the time to understand.
    As seen in: Adam, As Good As It Gets, Never Been Kissed, Edward Scissorhands, Say Anything
    Get it from Amazon, $5.98
  • Love is drug enough 16 of 18
    Love is drug enough
    Give hugs, not drugs. In the game of love, drugs suck.
    As seen in: Blow, Drugstore Cowboy, True Romance
    Get it from Amazon, $11.99
  • Paris does things to people 17 of 18
    Paris does things to people
    There must be something in the tepid Paris water. The reckless abandon of international travel paired with unbridled youth is the recipe for romance.
    As seen in: Before Sunset, Midnight in Paris
    Get it from Amazon, $7.67
  • Marry for love instead of money 18 of 18
    Marry for love instead of money
    This one goes without saying. You don't ever want to be the rich guy she cheats on or the pool boy she cheats with.
    As seen in: Titanic, Match Point
    Get it from Amazon, $4.99

What do you want your kids to learn about love from romantic movies?

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