The Croods! Made My Son Wants a Tiger...I need a little advice.
Took my son last night to see The Croods with my husband and Grandma and Little Grandma. He absolutely loved it! We all did, we all thought it was hilarious and broke out into laughter several times.
Now he cant stop talking about it and wants to go see it again. He went on and on about, "I want a big pet.", "A big Saber Tooth Tiger Pet.", "A big cat" on and on and on. First I tried explaining how that tiger was based off a real animal that is now extinct (and then what extinct meant) but even when they were around they were not like that, how it was imaginary and just in the movie for fun, just like there are no longer cavemen or flying swarms of pink seagulls type birds that eat people to the bone in seconds.
He was not having it. He actually shed genuine silent tears on the way home mourning over not being able to have a giant yellow and green Saber Tooth Tiger with big sharp teeth. It was so sad. He got quiet and I thought he might be falling asleep on the way home and then when I shut the car off and the dome light came on, he was quietly weeping. Normally any tears he sheds are loud and due to injury.
He wants to go see it again, and I totally would because I loved it too...but I dont know if I wanna stress him out like that again. You think the second time around it might click with him and he would get over it? Or the second time would just make it worse? This morning he was still talking about it. Begging to go see it again.
I tried telling him, "You have Holly and you dont even play with her, she is an Irish Wolfhound, one of the biggest dogs in the world.". He says, "I pay with her, see. *pats her head*"...lol...The final thing I said about it today was, "When you play with Holly more and show mommy how much you love her then I will think about getting you a much bigger pet, but that tiger in the movie is not real, I cannot get you that tiger."....I have no intention of getting him a bigger pet, but I did not lie, I said I would think about it and I have been...he seemed satisfied....for now...
Sort of wondering what a tactful sensitive way of handling this would be...ideas? I havn't ever seen him so hung up on something he saw in a movie before.