How many times did you say, “I can't wait until. grow up” as a kid, Only to wish you could go back?
I have a special relationship with my young people. We are connected. Two nieces, a nephew, son and a daughter. And while one niece who recently graduated college, I have another who is preparing to enter college.
When the eldest child started college my anxiety was high, did we teach her everything she needed to know, would she flourish. I wanted her to experience everything she possibly could while not losing her to the world. Thankfully her college was in driving distance, so I could easily make excuses to visit her big city school. You just don’t understand why your own parents look at you “that way” until you are an adult looking at your own child. Sending them pictures of events that they may not even remember, but were priceless to you.
We live in a world so dominated by technology and this pandemic is a reminder of just how important it is to our livelihood. Our children want to use it at the dinner table, while lying in bed, and even in the bathroom but as parents we know the over load and long for that face to face connection. Sony Pictures Animation, released the trailer for its upcoming film Connected and I think it speaks to both sides. This “original animated comedy from director Mike Rianda (Gravity Falls) and producers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, The Lego Movie), about an everyday family's struggle to relate while technology rises up around the world! When Katie Mitchell (voiced by Abbi Jacobson), a creative outsider, is accepted into the film school of her dreams, her plans to meet “her people” at college are upended when her nature-loving dad Rick (voiced by Danny McBride) determines the whole family should drive Katie to school together and bond as a family one last time. Katie and Rick are joined by the rest of the family, including Katie’s wildly positive mom Linda (voiced by Maya Rudolph), her quirky little brother Aaron (voiced by Mike Rianda), and the family’s delightfully chubby pug Monchi for the ultimate family road trip. Suddenly, the Mitchells’ plans are interrupted by a tech uprising: all around the world, the electronic devices people love – from phones, to appliances, to an innovative new line of personal robots – decide it’s time to take over. With the help of two friendly malfunctioning robots, the Mitchells will have to get past their problems and work together to save each other and the world!”
As we prepare to celebrate Mother's Day, grab one of the Connected movie theme cards and send mom a special greeting. Remind her how amazing she is and the importance of staying connected.
This Mother's Day download Connected theme activity sheets and Stay Connected. We will be CONNECTED on October 23, will you?