' Wonder' is probably the first adapted-movie that I watched before reading the book. More often than not, I end up liking the book much more than the movie. But I am not sure if I can say the same for this movie. It's one of the most heart-touching movies I have ever seen and I brought back home quite a few lessons, to help me in my parenting journey.
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Here are my takeaways from this delightful movie :
If you don't like where you are, Picture Where you Want to Be :
This is my latest mantra for my kids. With newer circumstances coming their way every day, I believe this lesson should help them in sticking it out , till they gradually get adjusted to particular routine. I, myself, have done that many times in my life, in fact still do and it works! Now it's time to impart this 'go to your happy place' tip to my wee duo.
Be the Bigger Person :
Although Daddy Wilson had a different thing to say to son Auggie, but Mommy insisted on being the bigger person, even when the other person is being mean. I totally relate to this , as I am constantly preaching the same to my little ones , while calming them down during their sibling fights. Also, this lesson should help my second grader cope better when he comes across people or situations that may not be to his liking.
Everyone is Beautiful in their Own Ways
Go beyond the looks of a person. It's important to find the strengths and positive attributes of an individual,which go much beyond the appearance of a person. Even with those surgical remains, August Pullman ( character played by Jacob Tremblay) had to be one of the cutest kids around. I am glad my kid agrees that too!
Between Being Right and Being Kind, Choose Kind
Now this is deep! Many times , in the quest of being correct, we might overlook the importance of being kind. Time to work towards restoring the innate kindness present in every child.
Juggling Mommy Commitments and how!
Auggie's mom, Isabel, played by Julia Roberts, did a remarkable job as a mom by :
• Choosing the right time to stop homeschooling and put him in a mainstream school,
• Being Auggie's strength and giving him the necessary confidence to face new friends
• Keeping calm yet being firm enough to find out what went wrong on Auggie's first day in school.
• Striking the mommy-balancing act and deciding to spend some exclusive time with her teenage daughter, who really craves her attention and company.
• Not being unnecessarily critical of her daughter's new boyfriend.
• Most importantly, not forgetting herself by pursuing her passion as a child illustrator and completing her dissertation.
After a marathon of movies like Justice League, Thor, Coco, 'Wonder' is more of a reality-check, that has sure won our hearts as a family, so much so that we watched it twice already and now waiting for the paperback to arrive!