Every day you’re intent to lead by example, teaching your kids love, empathy and inner strength. The new movie, An American Girl Story – Melody 1963: Love Has to Win shares your vision. The kid-friendly flick follows Melody, a determined and optimistic 10-year-old African-American, as she navigates life and all of its complications during the Civil Rights Movement.

We recently spoke to five moms around the country who watched An American Girl Story – Melody 1963: Love Has to Win with their kids. Read their takeaways and what lessons your own family can learn from the movie below.

American Girl

1. A Difficult Topic Is Now (a Little) Easier to Talk About
The Civil Rights Movement may not be the first topic to bring up at the dinner table, but it should be after watching An American Girl Story – Melody 1963: Love Has to Win. Kim of Kikhaly tells us, “Although the subject [of the movie] is not one that is easily explained or talked about, this movie is very much kid oriented and is a great catalyst to starting thought promoting discussions about very real topics with your children.” Hear more of Kim’s takeaways, and how her own daughter reacted and was inspired by the film by clicking here.

American Girl

2. The Movie Will Make You Rethink How You Model Inner Strength for Your Kids
An American Girl Story – Melody 1963: Love Has to Win made Raki of Outside the Box Mom blog rethink how she sets examples and acts as a role model for her family. She tells us, “I was inspired to reflect on how I model inner strength for my kids. I really want to empower my daughter and help her be resilient so she can flourish in life.” And the legacy she wants to leave to her kids? Raki reveals, “It’s empowering to know you’re in control of your own actions. That’s ultimately the legacy I strive to leave my children with and hope they remember that as they move into adulthood.” Read more about Raki’s reaction to the Amazon Prime Video here.

American Girl

3. You Have Another Teaching Opportunity
Besides acting as a role model to your kids, you’re always looking for teaching opportunities to really guide them. Colorado Mountain Mom, Tami thinks that An American Girl Story – Melody 1963: Love Has to Win is a great movie that resonates with kids of all ages. Tami writes, “I look for teaching opportunities and resources that will model good characteristics, and inspire them. With a young boy age 6, and a tween girl age 11, it’s not always the same thing that will strike a chord.  Last weekend we all watched the new American Girl movie on Amazon [Prime Video], and it fit the bill nicely. The messaging behind this movie is fantastic.” Hear more from Tami here.

American Girl

4. Sometimes You Should Look to the Past
Sure, looking to the future is great, but sometimes it’s just as valuable to look to the past. After watching An American Girl Story – Melody 1963: Love Has to Win, Destiney of Mom Crush Monday did just that. Specifically, she recalled what inspired her as a little girl. Destiney reveals, “I thought back to my great grandma. She inspired me endlessly while I was growing up. Just like Melody watched her mama, I watched my great grandma’s every move. She was a show stopper. She spoke her mind in a time that she was told she wasn’t supposed to. She was a path paver, for girls like me to grow into women like her. I sat there last night, grateful for the women who cam before me. Women that inspired Trish’s character in an American Girl Story; and women like my great grandmother. Women whom I aspire to embody on my own journey.” Curious to hear more? Read more from Destiney here.

American Girl

5. Love Really Does Make a Difference
Julia of Tales of a Southern Mom blog asks the same question many parents ponder daily, “How do you fight hate as a mom?” For Julia, watching An American Girl Story – Melody 1963: Love Has to Win with her family is a simple way to educate and combat hate. Her reaction to the movie: “How do you fight hate as a mom? I am feeling so encouraged and inspired to try to go out of my way and continue to show my kids adopted and biological, how much love can make a difference to someone.  This holiday season we are going to find someway to love someone in a way they never expect, regardless of what they look like!” Find out more about Julia’s takeaways here.

Watch An American Girl Story – Melody 1963: Love Has to Win only on Amazon Prime Video.  

How do you empower your kids and teach them to combat hate? What are your reactions to An American Girl Story – Melody 1963: Love Has to Win?