I absolutely loved the movie Moana. I was so happy that Disney finally made a movie that didn’t involve the parents dying in tragic deaths, they were actually good parents, and it wasn’t a love story. Seriously, Disney really broke the mold with this one-in a good way.
There were a few things that really stood out to me in the movie that I will be discussing with my kids- love these learning moments.
Find Happiness Where You Are
In the first song, Moana’s parents are trying to teach her to find happiness where she is. While she ends up leaving the island, I still think this is a good message. Life doesn’t always happen the way we want it to- everyone has trials and disappointments. Despite this, we can still find happiness where ever we are. We can choose to focus on the positive in life, we cannot always control what happens to us, but we can control our thoughts. This is a really hard concept to teach young kids- to change your thoughts and focus on the positive- so I’ll take any chance to reinforce this concept. (The Trolls movie is another great show that teaches that happiness comes from within, not outside sources).
Along those same lines, when Moana returns the heart, she sings, “This is not who you are, you know who you are.” What happens to us does not have to define who we are, we can choose who we are. Again, this reinforces how important it is to have positive thinking and not to dwell on the bad things that happens to us.
Understanding Your Past To Know Who You Are
Can I say Family History? Ha Ha. But seriously, it wasn’t until Moana learned about her ancestors that she understood herself better and why she felt so strongly about the ocean. Family History doesn’t have to be researching back generations ago, it can be learning more about your grandparents. My kids are always fascinated to see pictures of their grandparents when they were kids or even young parents. You may find that your kids have similar personalities to their grandparents. I’ve definitely noticed that my son is a lot like my dad- who knew!!
Follow Through, Never Give Up, And Chase Your Dreams!
Life rarely works out the way we plan, and at some point everyone has to reconcile reality with their dreams, but I still want my kids to have the courage to chase after what is important to them, stick with it, and overcome obstacles. Every child needs to learn to not give up when tasks get hard – like homework, school projects, friendships, relationships etc.
What are your favorite parts from the movie?
lessons from Moana