In which I take my life in my hands…

…by recommending a half-dozen films for young kids over at SlowMama.

Why is it so risky, you ask? Because a) it’s hard, and b) parents:

Few things are as nerve-racking for me as recommending films for young children. The key is knowing your audience, of course — but with youngsters, there are so many variables.

…then there’s the fact that recommending films for children isn’t just about the kids and their comfort zone(s) and interest(s): It’s just as important to know about the loves, interests, and tolerances of their parents, who will always take a keen interest in what their little ones are watching (and most times end up watching along with them).

As a parent and frequent receiver and critiqué-er of recommendations myself, I’m shaking in my boots right now. Literally. (I’m literally wearing boots, that is. Because.)

Still, with great risk comes great potential for success:

But while few things are as nerve-racking for me as recommending films for young children, few things are more rewarding for me than recommending films for young children and getting them right! 

Attribution(s): That wonderful Miyazaki still is the property of Walt Disney Pictures and other respective production studios and distributors, and is intended for editorial use only.

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About Joseph Susanka

Joseph has been doing development work for institutions of Catholic higher education since graduating from Thomas Aquinas College in 1999. A grateful resident of Wyoming, he spends his free time exploring the beautiful Wind River Mountains, keeping track of his (currently) seven sons, being amazed by his (currently) lone daughter, and thanking his lucky stars for Netflix.