Disclosure: I have been paid to blog and promote The Good Dinosaur as part of a sponsored campaign with DiMe Media and Disney/Pixar. However, all opinions expressed are my own.
If I had to put one name to my family, give one description to define it, it would be transcending.
I come from a long line of strong women. Abuela had to bury the man she loved and subsequently spent the rest of her life in mourning clothes. But I never knew her to have a frown on her face. Siempre sonriente. I don’t know how she did it. But in that smile, in that mischievous glint in her eye, you saw it. The roar.
Mami was the same. Being borne of a strong woman means that she possessed a certain strength that could be seen past her jokes, her laughter and her giving spirit.
I spent a lot of time away from Abuela. Moving to the States meant we left her behind until she was able to join us over 10 years later. But it didn’t diminish the love and the learning. The summers in the Dominican Republic brought with it a sense of adventure and many moments of learning from my ‘uelita.
From her and for Mami, I learned about faith and fearlessness.
It’s something that I share with the Frog Princess often. Especially as she’s starting to navigate the school world. We talk about her being grounded and standing up for herself. She is so sweet and is always thinking about others but it’s important that she stand up for herself and can roar when I’m not around.
Watching the Good Dinosaur gave me a chance to reinforce those lessons. The ones passed on to me by Mami and Abuela. I pepper it with my own lessons but I know that I’m building a strong connection between the past and the future.
Y’all, I cried a little too much while watching this movie. It does my Mami heart good to see it and I love that it reinforces what I am already teaching her.
We talked about what it means to be good. About her standing up for herself and about courage. Several times I caught her cheering Arlo on and encouraging him. I also saw her cover her eyes when she thought he wouldn’t stand up for himself. That gave us a moment to talk about fear and about how we can overcome it.
This is definitely one for our collection! Disney Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur will be available on Blu-ray™, Digital HD & Disney Movies Anywhere February 23!
How were you taught to find your roar? And how are you teaching your little ones?