Sometimes it seems like the best parenting lessons come from the most surprising places.
In Disney's new movie, Christopher Robin, available on Digital & Blu-ray Nov 6, an adult Christopher is revisited by his furry friends from the past and reminded of the importance of a slower pace of living—and taking time for the things that truly matter, like his family.
The movie has us reliving, loving and even laughing over so many wise words from our childhood. Here are 10 Poohisms from Winnie the Pooh and Christopher Robin reminding us all that sometimes "doing nothing often leads to the very best something."
Get ready to curl up with your family, pop some popcorn and slow down. You'll relish every moment.
1. “Oh hello, am I glad to see you. It's more friendly with two.“
For children, so little is often needed to make a moment special. As parents, we get caught up in the idea of creating magic—when often all that is needed is simply spending time on our child's level, seeing the world the way they do.
Instead of trying to plan every moment, let your child take the lead. Let them pick the activity, the snack, the music—anything that can give you a better peek into what's important and fun for them.
2. “There's always time for a smackeral of wonder.”
There's so much pressure on mamas to #doallthethings. But what if we turned off the hustle for a day and took the time to let the little things wow us the way they do our children? Take a leisurely nature walk and really take the time to smell the flowers.
Spend the afternoon together reading as many books (or, true talk, the same book over and over) without worrying about what else you could be doing with that time. You might be amazed at how much you actually accomplish.
3. “Nobody could be uncheered by a balloon.”
When it comes to fun for your child, the simplest solution is often the best answer. (After all, even Eeyore's day is made better by a balloon!)
4. “He hasn't learnt in books, but he can always think of a clever plan."
It doesn't take an expert degree to raise happy kids. Odds are, you already have all the skills you need to keep your child healthy and feeling loved. For most kids, the most important thing is the time and effort you're probably already giving them. So don't stress yourself out! The fact that you care about being a good mom means you already are one.
5. "Give Rabbit time, and he'll always get the answer."
It's so easy to fall into the trap that we have to rush. We need to have the answers, we need to know it all. But mama life is a marathon—not a sprint. Even wise old Rabbit knows the importance of taking his time, and mamas should give themselves the same luxury to find the best solution.
6. “As long as nobody minds, I suppose it's all right.”
Another thing motherhood isn't? A competition. We believe in mamas supporting other mamas—and everyone finding the right solutions for their families. So stop comparing. If it works for you and your little ones, that's definitely all right with us.
7. Winnie The Pooh: What day is it? Christopher Robin: It's today. Winnie The Pooh: My favorite day.
You don't have to wait for a holiday or special event to make a little magic. Every day together can be a moment your child will remember, whether it's the way you always made pancakes on Tuesday mornings or your rainy day tradition of taking a puddle walk around the neighborhood.
8. “I always get to where I'm going by walking away from where I've been.”
In short? Don't get caught up in what feels like a #momfail. Acknowledge mistakes, but don't let them define you—or your parenting. Tomorrow is another day, and motherhood is filled with second chances.
9. “Your life is happening now, right in front of you.”
The mundane rarely feels like the most memorable, but for our kids, the simplest days can be some of the best. Take time to appreciate the moments you're in now (even if part of you looks forward to being past the diapers-and-tantrum days!) because they'll never come around again.
10. “Goodbye? Oh no, can't we go back to Page 1 and do it all again?”
One day, you just might miss every second of what you've got right now. Even on the hard days, taking a moment of appreciation can be the best way to shake off a stormy afternoon or difficult bedtime. We bet you wouldn't give it all up for the world.
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