• Felicia Mollohan

What the Grinch Teaches Us

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How the Grinch Stole Christmas is very controversial in our home.

Let me give you some background to what I mean. Ever since my husband and I got married, we have watched the movie "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" with Jim Carrey the day after Thanksgiving. It came out the year we got married (2000) and we've seen it ever since. We love it! It's so funny!

Skip ahead to 2004, when our oldest is born. I showed him the movie, when he was 6 months old. Yes, 6 months old. He absolutely loved it. He would sit in his swing and just watch it. The colors were so bright that he was just mesmerized. It would give me the chance to be able to get a shower and feel like a person again. It was a life saver.

Skip ahead again to 2009, when our youngest is born. We showed it to him once he was a little older and ..... he hated it! AHHHH! It freaks him out. The Grinch scares him and he gets nightmares.

Even now, when he sees the cover of the movie, he gets scared. Just the other night, he had a really bad night, full of nightmares about the Grinch.

He wanted to talk about it at breakfast, so I went with it. I don't like to bring up nightmares because it makes him relive them - and that never goes well. But, since he brought it up, I was game.

We talked about the movie. I wanted to share some insight with him about what happens with the Grinch and why he acts the way he does. We talked about how everyone was mean to him because he was different. My son's eyes opened wide. He didn't know that. He kind of felt sorry for the Grinch. He said, "Well, I would be nice to him. Being different is what makes you special. The Grinch is special because he's different." He got it! He could see it.

Then he said, "It's like what you say, Mom, "Treat others the way you want to be treated." Exactly!

So we took some time chatting about the movie and how the Grinch changes. Cindy Lou Who was the changing aspect to his change. She was kind to him and that changes him.

That's what we can learn from the Grinch. We need to be kind to everyone, not just the people like you. Just because someone is different from you, doesn't mean that there is something wrong with them.

He told me that he was glad that we talked about it. Yes! Be available to talk with your kids when they need to.

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