by Dr. Samantha, C. Sweeney, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist, fpsch.com
If you have a child under the age of 10, chances are that you have seen Disney’s Frozen. In fact, it is more than likely that you’ve seen it multiple times and know every single song by heart. It’s even possible that you have been woken up by hearing your child sing ‘Let It Go’ at the top of his or her lungs very early in the morning (this may or may be a personal experience). I love the following article because it really helps us, as parents, understand, and therefore better tolerate, this obsession. I really like that the authors acknowledge the internal struggle of preschoolers, comparing it to Elsa’s emotional struggle. This is also true for older children-reconciling your inner feelings with your outer behavior is hard no matter what one’s age. I also feel that children identify with Anna as well. A girl who is torn in different directions and ultimately chooses the love of her sister over her own emotional needs (spoiler alert!). Sibling relationships are defined by closeness and conflict-this movie really resonates with children because it very accurately portrays that delicate balance.
So if you can stand it, watch ‘Frozen’ one more time and try to see it from your child’s point of view. It may just be you who ends up belting out ‘Let It Go’ before you’ve had your coffee.