You know how kids want to want to watch the same film 20 million times? Well, since you live in the house too, you might as well make it a decent one…
Being a parent might be challenging, but there are hidden benefits. For example, it serves as the perfect excuse to rewatch all those movies you loved in your childhood with your own kid, under the guise of “cultural education”. Amassing Good Mum Points just by lying on the lounge and watching DVDs? High-five.
Keep in mind, however, that when your child does fall in love with a movie, you’re going to be seeing a lot of it. We’re talking several times per week, or per day if you’re really unlucky. I’m not sure my mum will ever willingly sit through The Lion King ever again.
Here, we’ve compiled some of the best kids’ movies (and GIFs) to get you thinking about your favourites. Let’s face it – they’re often better than movies aimed at grown-ups.
1. The Little Mermaid
The Disney classic that launched a million dreams of becoming a mermaid. And, presumably, a rise in little girls using forks to comb their hair. Just remember: the soundtrack will get stuck in your head. For days on end.
It doesn't matter how old you are - no heart goes untouched by E.T.'s plaintive cry to "phone home". It's also worth another look to remind yourself just how cute Drew Barrymore was as a tot.
3. The Never Ending Story
Enchanted books, high-octane adventures in magical lands, and outrageously cute flying animals called Luckdragons - the Neverending Story really has it all. And there are three instalments - did someone say 'movie marathon'?
4. Mary Poppins
It's a jolly 'oliday with Mary - the songs are catchy, the overall message is sweet, and Mary Poppins sure knows how to make housework look fun. (Hopefully your kids are easily convinced.) The lady with the umbrella and the bottomless carpet bag nails it: this film is 'practically perfect in every way'.