Sometimes (OK, often), as a mom, it can be challenging to find ways to connect with your children as they get older. As kids mature, they start to think that they know everything best, and therefore that they don't need to (or want to) listen to their parents anymore. Getting through to them, then, with important information that you want to share with them and teach them, to help them grow strong and independent, can be frustrating for moms of teens and pre-teens. Sometimes, it can feel impossible.
One way to help you send them a message without having to speak about it is through stories. Stories you share, stories you read with them, or give them to read, or stories you can watch unfold through film. Through stories, so much can be imparted and acknowledged, silently. It is a powerful medium and one that cannot only make your life easier, as a parent, but will make messages clearer and more easily accessible to your children because, hopefully, they will enjoy focusing on, absorbing and thinking of the characters and the tale without having to listen to YOU at all. By taking some time to pick out and even watch some fun, exciting movies with strong female heroines with you daughters, you are helping your them build strong role female models, strong ideals for women and for themselves, and thereby you are encouraging your girls' own development of strength, courage and self-esteem as well. Here are a few favorites flicks of mine that come to mind, suitable for various age ranges (check ratings of movies and read the synopsis before you sit down to watch with a child, to make sure there are no scary or inappropriate scenes for their ages please!)
For little girls and tweens:
Brave: (Disney Pixar animation)
*Anne of Green Gables (With Megan Follows)
Beauty and The Beast (Disney animation)
The Incredibles (With Holly Hunter)
For teens (but check ratings depending on age and use your discretion):
*Little Women (With Susan Sarandon, Winona Ryder, Kirsten Dunst, and Claire Danes)
Elizabeth (With Cate Blanchett)
Raiders of the Lost Arc (With Karen Allen)
*Pride and Prejudice (With Jennifer Ehle)
*Sense and Sensibility (With Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet)
Amelie (With Audrey Tautou)
** These are all also wonderful, classic books I recommend reading and sharing!
Which empowering films do you recommend to your daughters?