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Parent’s Guide to a Growth Mindset: Top 6 Movies for Children’s Development

Parent’s Guide to a Growth Mindset: Top 6 Movies for Children’s Development

Who said that only reading is suitable for your child’s brain development?

We were all kids and all of us went through that phase when watching two or three movies was easier than reading one page of a book.

No one said that you could not add a touch of entertainment while teaching your kids important messages and values.

So, here are some movies that can guide your children on the right path.

#1. Finding Nemo

Finding Nemo

I’ll start with a movie that I hold near and dear to my childhood: Finding Nemo.

If you ask me, I’d say this was one of the strongest and brightest animated treats Pixar created for kids. The movie is not only family-centered but its interesting storyline can impart great moral lessons to children.

The abduction of the young Nemo is the outcome of not obeying to his father. Thus, this scene establishes the importance of listening to parents and the dangers that lie ahead when refusing to do so.

Along the way, as Nemo embarks on a range of rich adventures, kids also learn how to be brave when faced with different forms of adversities.

#2. The Lion King

The Lion King

No one, absolutely no one, can forget this classic Disney movie that most of us have grown up watching as a kid.

Released by Walt Disney in 1994, there are more than hundreds of reasons why this movie was indeed worthy of an Academy Award.

From the inspiring morals of the story to the fantastic plotline, amazing graphics, charismatic characters and great music, you can watch this movie several times, without getting bored.

Diving into the plot, once again, Simba’s stubbornness and disobedience indirectly leading to the death of Mufasa highlights the consequence of going against your parents.

Further in the story, the phase when Simba decided to come back and fight to claim what’s rightfully his teaches children the importance of courage and bravery to face hardships in life.

Simba’s journey with his friends Timon and Pumbaa also depicts the importance of friendship in the quest to face your worst fears.

And, the film’s iconic “Hakuna Matata” will definitely make the kids fall in love with the movie.

 #3. Frozen


I had to watch this movie at least 5-6 times to quench my obsession with it.

Released in 2013, this animated Disney movie has conquered the hearts of many –from kids to grown-ups.

As one of the highest films made by Walt Disney, this admirable movie is known for bringing some great characters, values and music to life.

I know most of you already know the plot.

What I’d like to emphasize is how, as per the movie, only an act of true love can thaw a frozen heart.

This definitely points out to the importance of true love and also the importance of family values.

It teaches your kids that they can always count on their loved ones to overcome any problem.

And, it’s guaranteed kids will not be able to resist the bright and loveable Olaf.

#4. Zootopia


This 2016 Walt Disney Animated movie is a true gem for me and a massive hit that stands tall and proud in Disney’s library.

Along with Cinderella, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and The Lion King, this movie has also produced a set of addictive characters, memorable scenes and we cannot forget it’s signature song, “Try Everything.”

Starting with the catchy song, I’d say it’s more than just a compelling song. For me, it’s one of the best movies that teaches children to keep trying and getting up no matter how many times you might fall.

This message will give your children a positive perception of how to view life and its difficulties.

#5. Ballerina


Again released in 2016 and also known as Leap, this movie is set in 1879 in France, which follows the dream of a young orphan girl who wishes to become a ballerina.

This animated musical adventure movie teaches us that hard work, passion and determination are the keys to success. It helps your kids to acknowledge and understand that if you are positive, only then can you achieve your wildest dreams.

Now, please don’t forget, these are all family-based movies. And, the best way to teach your kids is to watch the movies along with them.


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