The best movies are the ones that entertain and teach at the same time.

7 Movies that teach kids important life lessons

Values and lessons that children learn at a young age stay with them all their lives and help them grow up to be kind, smart, and strong individuals. However, as you may already know, children imbibe these lessons easily only when they are having fun in the process. So, here’s a list of fun and inspiring movies that will keep your kids entertained while providing them with powerful insights and lessons.

1. Inside Out

In Pixar’s heartfelt movie Inside Out, 11-year old Riley’s primary emotions are portrayed as characters – Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear, and Disgust. Through these endearing characters, it is beautifully explained how our emotions and mind work and dictate our behaviour. This movie will help your children be aware of their feelings and communicate freely with you. 

2. Taare Zameen Par

Directed by Aamir Khan, this movie tells the story of eight-year-old Ishaan, who is artistic and dyslexic. He has a highly active and imaginative mind but doesn’t do well at school. Kids, parents, and teachers can learn a lot from this impactful movie about the education system, parenting, and children with disabilities. The message ‘every child is special’ is also beautifully delivered. 

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3. Coco

Another Pixar movie, Coco is set during the Mexican holiday Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). This holiday celebrates the memory of one’s deceased loved ones. The story is told from the perspective of Miguel, a child who despite being taught to despise music, wants to follow his dreams to be a musician. This emotional movie places a strong emphasis on the importance of family, traditions, following your dreams, and forgiveness.

4. Stanley ka Dabba

The movie is about Stanley, a fourth-grade student who is extroverted, well-loved by his friends, and loves to tell stories. However, unlike his classmates, Stanley doesn’t get a lunch box or ‘dabba’ to school, which becomes the central theme of the movie. The real message of the movie comes at the end and is as unexpected as it is heartbreaking. This movie will help your kids be more aware of and grateful for their blessings, understand that not everyone has the same advantages as them, and be better friends to their peers. 

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5. The Blind Side

Suitable for teenage kids, this semi-biographical movie is about an American NFL (National Football League) player in his adolescent years. He is homeless and at risk when he is welcomed into a caring family. The Blind Side will teach your kids the importance of compassion, empathy, and teamwork. Despite the serious topics it addresses, the movie is entertaining and upbeat. 

6. Chak De India

Starring Shah Rukh Khan and revolving around India’s women’s field hockey team, Chak De India is a powerful combination of sports, patriotism, and feminism. The women characters are well-written, and each have a unique and inspiring personality. In addition to the importance of teamwork and equality, your children will take away the message that women are just as brilliant and powerful as men and can do whatever they set their minds to.

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7. Wonder

Based on the bestselling book Wonder by RJ Palacio, the movie tells the story of August ‘Auggie’ Pullman, a fifth-grade student with rare facial deformities. He has been home-schooled all his life but begins going to private school when he enters fifth grade. The movie is sweet, heartfelt, and inspirational and will teach your kids the value of qualities like kindness, acceptance, and forgiveness in a way they can understand and relate to. 

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