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'Frozen 2's' powerful portrayal of male emotions + equal relationships is what kids need 👏
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Frozen 2 is the highest-grossing animated movie ever and the box office isn't the only barrier it is breaking. When it comes to depictions of masculinity in pop culture, Frozen 2 is melting hearts all over the internet.

(Warning, light spoilers ahead for those who haven't seen it. )

Just like in the first film, the leading male, Kristoff, isn't charging in to rescue the princesses. Instead, he's supporting the people he loves and expressing his emotions. Twitter users and cultural critics are loving Kristoff's story arc in this sequel.

TV and Pop Culture Writer Not Dominick, of Buzzfeed, said it best, tweeting: "Okay, but can we talk about how Kristoff sang a power ballad about his feelings, told Anna that his love isn't fragile, AND asked Anna what she needed during battle and didn't tell her to step aside so he could protect her. I love it all so much."

He asks her what she needs during a crisis. If that isn't great modeling of a healthy relationship we don't know what is.

Frozen star Kristin Bell has been dropping hints about Kristoff's awesome story for awhile.

"The thing I think I'm proudest of is the way they represented Kristoff," Bell previously said during an appearance on The Tonight Show. "Little boys don't often see representation of other boys having really big loving feelings."

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As Awards Circuit reports, songwriter Kristen Anderson-Lopez was hoping for this kind of reaction. During a press event for the film she told reporters that at one point in Frozen 2 Sven tells Kristoff, "You feel what you feel and your feelings are real."

"I think if that one message comes across to boys, boys get to feel empowered to feel their feelings in a big or a small but hopefully big 80s power ballad, then we've done a little bit in the war against toxic masculinity," Anderson-Lopez explained.

Props to Anderson-Lopez for writing a song about feelings for Kristoff and props to actor Jonathan Groff for bringing Kristoff to life. We need more characters like Kristoff because our boys need to know that it's okay to feel.

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I never wanted to be a mom. It wasn't something I ever thought would happen until I fell madly in love with my husband—who knew very well he wanted children. While he was a natural at entertaining our nephews or our friends' kids, I would awkwardly try to interact with them, not really knowing what to say or do.

Our first pregnancy was a surprise, a much-wanted one but also a unicorn, "first try" kind of pregnancy. As my belly grew bigger, so did my insecurities. How do you even mom when you never saw motherhood in your future? I focused all my uncertainties on coming up with a plan for the delivery of my baby—which proved to be a terrible idea when my dreamed-of unmedicated vaginal birth turned into an emergency C-section. I couldn't even start motherhood the way I wanted, I thought. And that feeling happened again when I couldn't breastfeed and instead had to pump and bottle-feed. And once more, when all the stress from things not going my way turned into debilitating postpartum anxiety that left me not really enjoying my brand new baby.

As my baby grew, slowly so did my confidence that I could do this. When he would tumble to the ground while learning how to walk and only my hugs could calm him, I felt invincible. But on the nights he wouldn't sleep—whether because he was going through a regression, a leap, a teeth eruption or just a full moon—I would break down in tears to my husband telling him that he was a better parent than me.

Then I found out I was pregnant again, and that this time it was twins. I panicked. I really cannot do two babies at the same time. I kept repeating that to myself (and to my poor husband) at every single appointment we had because I was just terrified. He, of course, thought I could absolutely do it, and he got me through a very hard pregnancy.

When the twins were born at full term and just as big as singleton babies, I still felt inadequate, despite the monumental effort I had made to grow these healthy babies and go through a repeat C-section to make sure they were both okay. I still felt my skin crawl when they cried and thought, What if I can't calm them down? I still turned to my husband for diaper changes because I wasn't a good enough mom for twins.

My husband reminded me (and still does) that I am exactly what my babies need. That I am enough. A phrase that has now become my mantra, both in motherhood and beyond, because as my husband likes to say, I'm the queen of selling myself short on everything.

So when my babies start crying, I tell myself that I am enough to calm them down.

When my toddler has a tantrum, I remind myself that I am enough to get through to him.

When I go out with the three kids by myself and start sweating about everything that could go wrong (poop explosions times three), I remind myself that I am enough to handle it all, even with a little humor.


And then one day I found this bracelet. Initially, I thought how cheesy it'd be to wear a reminder like this on my wrist, but I bought it anyway because something about it was calling my name. I'm so glad I did because since day one I haven't stopped wearing it.

Every time I look down, there it is, shining back at me. I am enough.

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