Have you seen Disney’s Maleficent yet? It is a wickedly fun movie- perfect for Halloween or any time of the year. My family saw it in the movie theater when it first came out and we really enjoyed it so naturally I was happy to write this post which is sponsored by Disney and share with you how there are two sides to every story. All opinions expressed are my own.
Maleficent- A Twist On The Classic Sleeping Beauty Tale
I love that everyone knows the classic Sleeping Beauty tale, but Maleficent opens up a whole new side to the story. Now you get to experience, firsthand, the side of Disney’s most iconic villain as Maleficent is brought to life like never before.
Here is a brief synopsis of Maleficent:
In an unforgiving mood after a neighboring kingdom threatens her forest, Maleficent (Angelina Jolie) places an irrevocable curse on the king’s newborn daughter, the Princess Aurora. But as the child grows, Maleficent finds herself becoming fond of the girl. And as the conflict between the two realms intensifies, Maleficent realizes that Aurora may hold the key to peace in the land. Journey beyond the fairy tale in this soaring adventure that is “visually arresting, brilliantly designed” (Andrew Barker, Variety).
Maleficent is available On Blu-ray™ & Digital HD Nov 4, also on Disney Movies anywhere. Do you plan to see it? Or see it again?!
There Are Two Sides to Every Story
I like how the movie, Maleficent, makes it clear that there are two sides to every story. Before we only knew that Maleficent was evil, dark, and scary. With the Maleficent movie, we understand what made her that way and what’s more, we get to see growth in her character over the course of the movie. There are many lessons in the movie for those that look carefully at the story. I like for my children to understand that there is more than one side to a story. I like for them to see actions have consequences. I like for them to understand that a person can change if they choose to do so. Those are just some of the things I enjoyed about the movie.
I think it is important to share that there are two sides to every story with your kids because it is an important life lesson that they will need to understand throughout life as they interact with people. If you can see another person’s point of view and learn about what motivates their behavior, it is easier to work with that person.
The lesson of two sides to every story is relevant in our daily lives at home. Especially since I have two children and I get a lot of, “Mom, Sierra did _____ to me,” and a lot of “Mom, Leo is bugging me.” I try to help them understand that we should do onto others as we would have done unto us. I try to help them understand how the other person may be feeling in the situation or why they did what they did, how their actions may have caused or contributed to the problem. I also make sure they understand that a negative behavior is still negative no matter the reasons and therefore unacceptable. Like Maleficent, we can choose to harden our hearts and respond with anger to everyone or we can try to work directly on solving the problem and/or moving past it.
Tips for helping kids see both sides to every story:
Help your child think about the sequence of events and what happened from both perspectives. Many times they get angry because of something that happened without thinking about what happened right before that may have led to it.
Help your child grasp how the other party is feeling. They may assume feelings that are not true. For example they may think someone was trying to be hurtful to them so they were trying to be hurtful back, etc.
Ask your child to put themselves in the other party’s shoes and think about how it would feel to be the other person.
Help your child work out a solution for resolving the problem. Ask them what they think would help. If they don’t know, make multiple suggestions so they can learn to come up with solutions for problems and choose the best course.
Be supportive of your child. It is OK for children to feel angry or sad- even when it may seem unreasonable. Often they just don’t know how to process the emotions. If you help them (and you) understand how they are feeling and take steps to move to a better feeling, they will be able to begin to do that for themselves.
Do you have any tips for helping kids see both sides to every story?