The thing is, I am not a good audience when it comes to watching movies at home. Most of the time, I would end up sleeping instead of watching it right till the end. Reason being, I don't normally watch it with my kids, so I usually wait till late hours and by that time my energy and stamina level to stay awake is almost zero.
So, why do i have to wait till midnight before i can watch a movie?? Well, there are less disruptions when they are asleep. It is so difficult to enjoy a good movie when they keep on asking this and that every 5 seconds and not answering their endless questions would be rude. Also, there is always the tendency for them to ask me to get them things they want, one after another, everytime I am 'relaxing'.
I like going for a movie date. With 3 juniors and no maid, finding time to spend together (alone) is hard. But, I am lucky to have my parents-in-law who are kind enough to watch over my kids. This dating habit is rather new. It was not a ritual until my youngest is 3 last year and I am convinced that they can now be left with highly-trustworthy people.
Also, hubby and I are choosy about which film to watch. He is more into sci-fi and action-packed films, while I find them boring and dull. Obviously, I am more into romantic comedy. But, we are both attracted to good films by great directors and actors. Alice in Wonderland is definitely in our list, with Tim Burton as the director and the ever-so-versatile Johnny Depp as the main character. Oh yeah! We did watch Depp's previous film, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory with the kids.
Going to the movies with the children is definitely a different experience. Provided that u choose the movies appropriately, cinematherapy actually brings a lot of positive effects on children, as well as adults.
- Movies encourage interaction and communication.
- Movies can enhance learning. We can learn about cultures, historical events and stories.
- Movies are entertaining and enjoyable. This can stimulate one's emotions and imaginations.
- Movies creates bonding and brings families together.
For parents, do give extra attention on the movie rating system. As far as possible, avoid violent movies which can lead to bedtime fears, nightmares and negative views of the world.