Last Saturday night, we watched Finding Nemo for the 999,967th time (but who’s counting?). I don’t really mind. We love watching movies with my seven-year son, Norrin.
My husband and I saw Finding Nemo a few years before Norrin was born. I enjoyed it but didn’t think much of it other than it was another sweet Disney movie. It’s funny the way your overall perspective changes after you become a mom. The first time I watched it with Norrin, it was after he was diagnosed with autism. Norrin didn’t seem to have much interest in Nemo. But I was a sobbing, sloppy mess. I related to Nemo in a whole different way.
It took a few viewings, but eventually, Norrin learned to love Finding Nemo. And I want it to be a movie he can not only enjoy, but one that he can also learn from. Now when we watch it, we use the time to create teachable moments.
These are the lessons I want Norrin to take away from Finding Nemo:
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Is your kid a Finding Nemo fan? What lessons do you hope they’ll learn?
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