Many of you know I am a freelance writer over at donnahup.com. Writing for Donna has been one of the best experiences I have ever had. Writing for Donna has given me a voice I didn’t know I had. Recently I have been working with my family to help promote the new Mr. Peabody and Sherman Show. Maddie did a wonderful job of playing the host of the show while Mark, Naomi, Titus, and I became historical characters. Timothy helped out by taking long naps!
What I wasn’t planning on through all of this was how much our kids would learn in the process. We started by doing practice takes. Through the practice takes Maddie learned the importance of projecting her voice, sounding confident, attempting to hold still while not looking stiff, and most of all learning to not take any of it too seriously. She learned to laugh at her mistakes, shrug off the goofy takes, and keep going.
We learned that Naomi has a hilarious funny side to her. Naomi is our philosopher and deep thinker. She comes up with questions that continue to amaze Mark and I. Watching her take on the role of Mozart with giggles, seriousness, and confidence was something I want to make sure we are helping her to recreate everyday. I want to draw out these characteristics in her.
Through this experience I learned that Titus soars when he can be in the background helping to make things run smoothly. Need a stage set built, he’s your guy. Need the floors swept, costume brought up, or the guy that helps the scenes run smoothly from one to the other, he’s our guy. It is important to affirm Titus in the importance of his role even though he is not in front of the camera. After a few days of watching the rest of us be silly, Titus went out of his comfort zone, and became one of the characters in the show.
My kids gained confidence in speaking, they learned to confidently make eye contact, and they learned to be content in the person God has made them to be.
We as a family have learned how to giggle, how to let go, and how to have fun. Mark and I are learning how to allow each others opinions in our projects. Learning how to lay down our pride and allow each other to be right has been a struggle as we learn to allow corrective criticism in our lives.
I had no idea Mr. Peabody and Sherman could lead to greater depth in knowing Mark and the kids. I am excited to explore more filming adventures with my family!
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