“Finding Dory” reunites the friendly-but-forgetful blue tang fish with her loved ones, and everyone learns a few things about the true meaning of family along the way.
After taking her children to see the film, Jenny Haggard wants to highlight some points of interest to other parents. Especially adoptive and foster parents.
Jenny shares, WARNING for ADOPTIVE / FOSTER PARENTS about the Finding Dory movie:
Good info posted by a mum of an adopted child. (I did not write this review)
“WARNING! Before seeing Finding Dory, all foster/adoptive parents should preview the movie first! We thought our teenage bio kids & 9 yr.-old adopted son (we’ve had him for 4+ yrs) could see it without us previewing it. Our kids sat in the row in front of us. Halfway through the movie, our 100 lb., very tall son, got up and came and sat on my lap for the duration of the movie. Dory has childhood flashbacks throughout the movie as she seeks to find her birth parents. The movie deals with multiple levels of abandonment and loss. While the ending is sweet as she is reunited with her birth parents & we realize her birth parents were looking for her too, there are elements of the ending that can have detrimental results for our adopted kids.
1) It was Dory’s forgetfulness that caused her to be separated from her parents…. basically, her separation was her fault.
2) Her birth parents were physically, emotionally, & mentally stable and ACTIVELY seeking for her. This is not the case for MOST of our tender-hearted kiddos. This birth parent ‘fairytale image’ can create a false image in their forming minds.
3) At the end of the movie, once Dory, Marlin & Nemo find Dory’s birth parents, they ALL (including the birth parents) travel back together to Dory & Nemo’s home and all live TOGETHER Happily Ever After. Some young foster/adopted kids might think that is the end goal.
So, bottom line… preview the movie first & evaluate for each child. There are some heavy topics brought up in the movie that are difficult for every foster/adopted child to deal with even at older ages, so don’t think this cute Disney movie is for everyone.”
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One blogger has shared their review with an interesting point – “Finding Dory has some hard scenes involving parental loss and self-blame that could be hard for some viewers, but the overall theme appears to be positive and inclusive for adoptive families; your family will never forget you, and if you have two sets of family, one does not replace the other – they can both be your family. ” Read the full review here.
Definitely something worth keeping in mind.
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