Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Watching the Same Movie 100 Times
If you're a parent and VCRs were around when your children were little, you've been through it. Your child fixates on a character or movie with an all consuming passion. Although you have a rack full of choices, he returns to the same movie every day, or even more than once on a given day.
It started with Tyler as a toddler watching 101 Dalmatians with rapt attention each time as though it were the first. In fact, that was the only movie he would watch for several months. Then it was Lion King.
This week The Lorax (which I got from Netflix) replaced Tangled as the movie of choice.
Why do children do this? Although I have a Masters in Elementary Ed, it's not necessary to know the answer (and I don't think they covered that in my classes anyway). You only have to be a parent to know the answer.
Watching the same movie over and over gives a sense of familiarity, and with familiarity comes comfort. The trees will get cut down, but one boy will save the day, plant the last seed, teach the adults an important lesson and repopulate Sneedville with trees.
Young children--and even the not so young ones--like things that are predictable. They know how the characters act, they know that the problem will be solved. At school they may face problems with peers and teachers and not know how things will work out, but when watching that favorite movie, they know the outcome.
They also master the movie. They know the words. They know the songs. They know the characters. They could probably perform the movie by themselves.
And many times it's the songs that draw children back to the movie. Right now the "Let it Grow" song from The Lorax is a favorite. Any of my children can sing it for you.
And lest you think children outgrow this at some age, Jessica has watched Hunger Games numerous times. And the Narnia movies. Not every day or even every week (because there isn't time), but she will turn to the same movies over and over rather than choose something new. Like I said, comfort in the familiar. (My husband does the same thing so I guess it's not even just kids)
Do you find this true with your children? What have been the five or ten most watched movies, or still are, in your house?