I Don’t Know About Never Growing Up, But Slowing it Down Would Do

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Ready for this blast from the past? Peter Pan is 60 years old.

Peter Pan the animated film that is.

The Disney version of the J.M. Barrie play about the little boy who never wants to grow up was re-released on Blu-Ray this week (in a three-pack Diamond Edition) to celebrate six decades of kids falling in love with Wendy, Tiger Lily and the whole gang.

And I share this little tidbit why?

Because somehow I’ve been raising a fairy-loving Tinker Bell fan who knows (or I should say knew) none of her backstory, and I’m afraid I’m not the only one.

Disney has turned Tinker Bell into a pint-sized superhero, the type moms of daughters can comfortably adore.

But a visit back to Neverland with my daughter this week reminded me of another girly role model we seem to have forgotten.

Remember Wendy? The girl who was resisting the need to grow up at every turn?

As the mother of a 7-year-old teenager, I wouldn’t mind seeing a little more of that attitude around here. It’s a little kid’s prerogative to want to grow up as quickly as possible. It’s a parent’s job to hope it will happen rather more slowly. Introducing a whole slew of kids who are refusing to grow up might be a little sneaky, but if it convinces her to revel in her childhood, it’s all good with me.

Have you watched Peter Pan with the kids yet?

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Disclaimer: I received a free copy of Peter Pan from Disney. I was not otherwise compensated, and all opinions are my own.

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