The other day we took the boys to see Zootopia, an undeniably fantastic movie.

Which you already know, so that won’t be dissected today.

But here’s the thing.  I went to this movie like all other films I watch — with as little preparation as possible. Loving the surprise factor, my best-case scenario is knowing nothing pre-show.

And early into this movie, it became clear my tactic is not ideal when my kids are along for the ride.

The movie had many themes expertly woven throughout and laid a fantastic foundation to have discussions around stereotypes, teamwork, and grit.

And I wasn’t prepared.

By walking blindly into the movie, this dumb bunny missed an opportunity to have those questions and conversation starters ready to go as the credits rolled.

If this scenario is never a problem for you, I am happy for you and your ability to quickly convert what you see and hear into appropriate dialog for your children on the spot.  Truly.  Unfortunately, my brain requires more absorption time. And a little internet research never hurts.

Why on earth am I not doing my part to prepare?

Wish I could say Zootopia was the first time this weak methodology came into play. A few months ago, we excitedly cracked open a new book and midway through I realized this wasn’t a basic “learn to share” book, this was philosophical.  Not only did I need to figure out the lesson within the pages, but also how to explain it best for pre-schoolers to understand.

In case you are wondering how well I did with the book scenario above, it was an epic fail.

Luckily I don’t have to be too hard on myself as there is often a second chance extended.  And third. Because in our house, when our kids ask a question once, they ask it a dozen times (very conservative).

In retrospect, maybe it’s because they know I need some time to do my homework.

Lesson learned for this mom, and I plan to be prepared for the next round!