Ok, I need some advice. DD is a bit of a 'wimp' when it comes to anything scary in a movie or TV show. Ok, not really SCARY, just mean. For example, we watched a Dora show once where there was a witch. She didn't like the witch at all and wanted me to turn the show off. When she doesn't like what's going on she'll start saying "NO!" to the screen or ask me to pause the show or turn it off. I'm at a loss as to how to handle this. We tell her that the character is just pretend...but it doesn't really work. LOL. A lot of times I'll just skip the part that she doesn't like.
Any advice/thoughts? She got an Arial doll for her birthday and hasn't even seen The Little Mermaid yet. Problem is, I know the evil sea witch will freak her out. I thought about talking to her about it ahead of time and telling her we can watch the show but that there is a witch in it...and that she is just pretend. I'm not sure this will help. LOL. We also have open dialogue about how these characters are not kind and need to treat others nicely. Eeeek!
How do you handle this? I know a lot of kids aren't super freaked about this sort of thing, but mine seems to be!
I think it's pretty normal, she is still pretty young! DS1 is almost 5 and he loves batman but the shows are not appropriate and kinda scary, so I try to find learning shows instead, like Dora or Diego. Shrek the movie scares him too but we saw a huge live charactor of him on the cruise ship and he was fine! Kids are weird!
She is still quite young. My kids watched Little Mermaid for the first time last year and I totally forgot how dreadful the sea witch is at the end of that movie...and she's IMPALED by a ship mast. Totally scary.
I'd keep skipping the scary parts! She is just barely 3. Stick to other Disney classics that aren't quite as scary - Cinderella doesn't have "scary" villains, just sisters who make "bad choices" That might be a good way to ease in to the "villain" role.
OH, good to know about Cinderella. I always think all the Disney ones have crazy mean characters. Don't the sisters say some pretty mean stuff though?
The one show she really likes is Tinkerbell. She's not scared of anything it in really so that's good. I just put it on the iPod so she can watch it on the plane in March. I thought it would be nice to have a few options for her.
DS used to be afraid of the "Big Red Chicken" on Dora. He suddenly just got over it. He watched Lion King hte other night and was screaming and squealing with it. he was TOTALLY into it. but He's also a boy. He watches stuff that some would see as "scary" but then says he's scared of his toys at night...
My DD is just starting to understand some things are PRETEND and she's 3.5. That being said, I do censor what she watches obviously, but I let her watch Little Mermaid and she was like "Whoa Mom, look at that mean lady! She got huge!" and that was it. She also likes Happy Feet but the first few times, the seal scared her. But DH watched that part over and over with her and now she thinks it's hilarious because they'd come up with funny things to do while watching it.
Look into Rio, nothing very scary in there other than the villain bird is a little creepy in parts. We also like Toy Story, Tangled, & Monsters Inc (which isn't scary despite it's title, unless you think she'll think monsters really come out of the closet even though by the end they are making the kids laugh...if you haven't seen it).
That's so cute about what she said about the sea witch! LOL. I don't know Tangled but we currently don't have nightmares around here, so I'm not sure I'm ready to introduce her to them via Monster's Inc. I'm also not sure about the neighbour boy in Toy Story. I do have those DVDs though.
I showed her that I put Tinkerbell and Olivia on her iPod and she was excited.
The evil stepsisters in Cinderella do tear her dress off and yell at her, but at least they aren't monsters or anything!
My kids love Rio too, and Tangled!