What children watch can have a bigger impact on them than you might imagine. They pick up on small detail and interpret them with all the tiny little knowledge they’ve gained so far. Disney’s newest princesses, Elsa and Anna, and their friends have a lot of lessons to teach your youngsters.
“You can’t marry a man you just met”
This line, said by Elsa and later reinforced by Kristoff, has been long awaited by many parents. The idea that a girl can fall in love with the first man she sees in life the first time she sees him, is finally being disputed in a Disney movie. This is an important lesson that our girls need to learn. Love takes time to build. It doesn’t happen instantaneously.
“We’re not saying you can change him, because people don’t really change.”
People don’t change who they are simply because there are parts of them that you don’t like. Even if Anna had been holding back because of the “clumpy way he walks”, Kristoff would walk the same even with her love. And likewise, you shouldn’t change who you are, to get someone to love you. If they don’t love you how you already are, they won’t love you if you change either.
“Only an act of true love can thaw a frozen heart.”
Love is warmth that can’t be replaced. Life is rough. The world is cruel. But when we have someone who loves us, being around them can make all that disappear. And as the end of the movie proves, it’s not always the love of a significant other that is the most potent. Family can be the most important force in your life.
“Oh, Anna, if only there was someone who loved you.”
People can be deceiving. Prince Hans proved this by pretending to love Anna and making her believe she was in love with him in return. People lie and play tricks. They can take advantage of someone who has been recently hurt or has never been hurt. Beware of those new in your life for their words may not always be the truth.
“Love is putting someone else’s needs before yours.”
Sacrifice. That’s part of love’s structure. The person who will go out of their way to help you, loves you in one form or another. They will give up time and resources if you need them. Be that person too. Be sure to show love as well as say it.
These lessons can be taken on with us forever.