Super Heroes don’t always wear capes or have rip roaring muscles or possess such out worldly powers that only a grown-up with a wild imagination of a child could dream up.
Some little kid’s super heroes are the ones who closely resemble themselves. It can be their journeys that they connect with – their struggle, their fight to overcome, that makes them a super hero in their eyes.
It can be that hockey playing 11 year old girl, Riley in the movie Inside Out, who was suddenly uprooted from her home and moved to an unfamiliar city and a new school with new friends.
It’s watching a girl navigate a new life experience with a whirlwind of thoughts and emotions that we don’t always want to experience but…
…but sometimes we do.
We all do.
In her brain she showed him that it’s OK to have
And that we ALL get scared
And we don’t have to like eating green things in our pasta sauce
But most of all, knowing that it’s OK to cry.
It’s OK to be SAD
JOY is what weaves in and out of all the motions. She and WORRY were his favourite parts of Riley’s brain he said.
Joy, Anger, Worry, Disgust, and Sadness – although they are very much just parts of the human brain – gave children a window into how emotions work in fun way. These lovable characters helped Riley to navigate her way through a difficult transition in her life.
I hope that kids come away from this movie knowing that they’re not alone in what they’re feeling and those lessons to them are far more valuable than a caped crusader blasting through walls to rescue people in distress.
But for my son, he connected with it on a deeper level.
My son was glued to Riley as a whole. He always says that he wishes Riley knew how much of a good hockey player she is and that he’d be her friend at his school.
I know he would.
He has a big heart.
He has been through a lot this year working through his own emotions and he’s brave as all heck let me tell you.
As parents, we are so proud of him.
This movie is so wonderful though. He takes so much comfort in it on days when he needs that extra giggle, that extra boost of confidence, or just a flick to chill with.
Riley is a great female character for any child to look up to and all month long Netflix is celebrating just that – the female characters that your children connect with in a positive way.
Whether it’s in the classroom, Troll Market or Hawkins Lab, Netflix is bringing a whole new definition of girl power to the table.
And on March 17 Julie Andrews will be making her Netflix debut in Julie’s Greenroom.
I wrote more about the show here
Julie’s Greenroom might be a show you turn on for the kids but find yourself staying until the final curtain call.
What are some of your favourite female characters on Netflix right now? Or any female characters?
What are you planning on watching on Netflix this month?
Disclaimer: I am a member of the Netflix Canada #StreamTeam and get special perks. As always, all opinions are my own.