(Side note: I know today is the day for 4th of July recap posts, but I don't have one. We had a blast, but we didn't take any pictures. It's a little hard to chase a toddler around a pool and wield a camera anyway, and I think we were having too much fun to even think about it.)
Cara had her first Disney movie experience this past week, and she is now hooked. We took her to Disney World last summer, and for being only a year old, she had lots of fun, but I doubt she really remembers all that fun. She does recognize herself in the pictures we have on the fridge of her sitting in Belle's lap, but before she saw Beauty and the Beast, I don't think she knew what that was all about.
Cara with Princess Belle last summer
We bought a set of Disney princess CDs to help us entertain Cara in the car on our very long drive to Florida, and she really liked them. They have a few songs from the movie and an audio version of the story, and Cara likes to listen to them while she plays in her room or takes a nap. Since she liked them so much, I added a few Disney princess movies to our Blockbuster queue, starting with Beauty and the Beast (one of my personal favs).
I didn't really think Cara would sit still for an entire movie, but she amazed me with her attention span. And now, she is OBSESSED. It's actually pretty cute, because she will tell us what is about to happen while we watch the movie and she has sort of her own running commentary. "Bye-bye, Papa." "Belle crying." "Belle's yellow dress." "Oh no, movles!" (We have to remind her that "wolves" involves a "w" sound, not an "m" sound, but man, is it cute.)
I have little twinges of guilt over letting my turning-two-on-Friday baby girl watch an entire movie. We probably watch too much TV around here as it is, but movies add a whole new element to TV time...it's an hour and half pretty much uninterrupted TV. Is that bad? There's a part of me that says "YES," but there's another part of me that delights in the conversations we have about the movie while it's playing and at random moments throughout the day. I don't think Cara understands the entire story, but she's got a lot of it down. She recognizes Belle's emotions and remembers the sequence of events, and she loves Belle's yellow ballgown.
And then there's the whole "princess" concept. Am I teaching her to base her value on her beauty? Am I teaching that her goal in life should be to bag a prince? I like that Belle looks past the Beast's appearance to love him for his heart, and I also like that Belle loves to read even if the town thinks that makes her weird. Look at the inside for true beauty? Be yourself?
Am I overthinking this a bit?