My kids have become obsessed with Winnie the Pooh lately!
The toddler sings the songs, and says (in her best British accent!) “Pooh Beah” whenever she wants to watch it! “Lumpy Wheeeen” is also a well-known refrain in the Myburgh house.
I’m generally not a huge fan of mindless twaddle, and I must admit that the wrong pronunciation bothered me at first… “Lumpy” and “heffalump” for elephant, “unspookables” for ghosts, etc. BUT I’ve come to realize that the stories are doing more good than harm. They’re not twaddle!
The toddler has started counting because of them.
The tween is less grumpy and sulky because she doesn’t want to be like Eeyore!
The stories actually DO teach value life lessons to young and old (and even the odd homeschooling mom 😉 )
Here are a few things the Adventures of Winnie the Pooh has taught me:
It’s okay to be sad at times. Your friends are there to help you through it.
You’re never too small to make a difference.
No matter how scared you are, when you CHOOSE to be brave you can accomplish big things.
Alone we are weak, but when we have friends watching our back and supporting us, nothing is impossible.
It’s okay to eat honey, be a little squishy and still love yourself.
Sometimes we just need to look at the world from a different perspective to see what we missed the first time.
Be kind to all people, be sensitive to their feelings, and they will love you even more.
“How to be a Tigger is up to you”- There is nothing wrong with being your own unique YOU.
Always be the type of person others can count on. Be reliable. Be trustworthy. Be someone else’s ‘safe place’.
Have you gained any valuable insights from the stories your kids watch? Share them with me!