This post was created in partnership with the Goodbye Christopher Robin movie. As a blogger I’m often encouraging families to create amazing memories together. Through travel and life between trips I love sharing about our own memory making experiences. My kids have gotten quite accustomed to posing for pictures and testing out products, a gift and curse for many blogger’s kids.
The new movie, Goodbye Christopher Robin, has me rethinking how much I ask of my kids in regards to my blog. Am I doing a good enough job of asking them if they want to be involved, or am I assuming they want to help me and share?
Parenting in this social age means many of us are sharing private family moments online to hundreds of distant friends and acquaintances. How do our kids feel about our sharing their lives and our family moments with others? Are we doing a good job as parents knowing when and what to share?
And another question becomes when do we put the camera down and live in the moment? I’m always wanting to capture the experience so my kids can remember it later on. But, is that at the expense of being IN the moment with my girls? Is it ok that I’m saying as moms, we need to be ok with putting down the phone and being IN the moment with our kids. Won’t the eye contact and one-on-one talking be just as memorable as the photo of them standing by that epic thing-a-ma-bobber?
Goodbye Christopher Robin will attract many of us who grew up loving Winnie-the-Pooh and The Hundred Acre Woods. The movie looks at into the relationship between beloved children’s author A. A. Milne and his son Christopher Robin, whose toys inspired the magical world of Winnie-the-Pooh.
Milne starts to write the books as a way to bring hope back into people’s lives after World War I left such darkness. The books become a huge success and in turn create somewhat of a burden on the family. Christopher soon becomes a star and the private world he was living one-on-one with his Dad are now public property.
The sad thing is seeing how this fame affects his relationship with his family. That’s what had me contemplating how I have been parenting and also promising to have a more open conversation with my kids about what I’m sharing. I don’t ever want them to see something on my blog and be embarrassed about me sharing it. I also don’t want to miss enjoying our experiences because I’m too busy trying to share it with others!
Goodbye Christopher Robin is rated PG, but has some very strong war themes that I feel might make it not appropriate for young kids. The movie is now showing in most US cities, so check your local listings.