Psychologists and other experts are unanimous: you should keep the promises you give to your children. Let’s open a parenthesis here: you should first be careful what you promise. Kids are good at remembering what they want to remember, no matter how small they are. Be smart and cautious to make sure your promises don’t backfire on you.
The animated comedy Trolls has recently started showing at the cinemas. The trailers were played at all children’s TV networks and, of course, caught my daughter’s eye. Since I’m also a great movie and TV fan, and she’s obviously a chip off the old block, I promised her that I would take her to the cinema very soon. Since then, I got: “Mum, are we going to see the Trolls now?” five times a day on average. I started planning a day ahead like it was an important expedition, but that’s the way I am – I just like to prepare well. I also offered to take one of her friends from the kindergarten with us, and her mum’s reaction was: “Seriously? Well, if it’s not too much of a nuisance…” No way. That’s a single mother for you – always taking parenthood very seriously. So, if you decide to take your kid (with or without friends) to the cinema, here’s some advice coming from experience:
Book your tickets beforehand. Not because the projection room could be full, but because you can pick the best seats. I prefer the last row because there’s usually more leg space and it offers the best view of the screen. Besides, there’s no one behind you so your kid (or kids) won’t bother anyone when he or she starts fidgeting.
Make sure you visit the toilets before the projection unless you want to leave the room in a hurry after only 30 minutes (“mum, I really have to go…”).
Buy the smallest package of popcorns to avoid belly aches. This coming from the mum whose kid scarfed down the whole Troll bucket of popcorns. (I’m still waiting for her to become sick)
Take enough cash. Cinema is not cheap at all when you add snacks, juices, souvenirs, etc. to the ticket price. And if I tell you that a toy store is located only a few metres away, you’ll easily understand how it took me less than two hours to spend my monthly hair care budget.
And so, the three of us went to the cinema and devoured an unimaginable amount of popcorns. I enjoyed the film, although my daughter and her friend started complaining they were hungry and sleepy half way through. And yes, I almost forgot the most important piece of advice: choose the time wisely if you’re taking five-year-olds who still love to take a nap after the lunch.
It was one more experience. A new Disney’s animated master-piece has been announced so it will be perfect if I start taking my own advice.