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Wayne Parker

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and Father-Son Relationships

By October 21, 2009

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Cloudy with a Chance of MeatballsI have heard lots of comments from friends lately about the movie Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, which is based on a wonderful children's book of the same name.  In the movie, young Flint Lockwood, a hapless inventor, creates a circumstance where in his town, it rains food.  Flint's father, Tim, is the ultimate technophobe, who just wants Flint to join the famiy's bait shop business.  Tim and Flint live in very different worlds, and while they certainly love and have affection for one another, they just can't seem to communicate.  Tim uses fishing analogies for everything he tries to teach Flint, but they don't stick because there is no shared context.

Communicating with your children takes a lot of effort, and finding common shared experiences is a good way to make the communication connection.

Another scene in the movie I liked was the story told by Grandpa using an object in the room (don't want to be a spoiler, here).  Great storytelling is an important skill for fathers and grandfathers in building memorable moments with the kids.

Take your kids to see Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and see if you can find some lessons that will make you a better parent.

Find a trailer and a review of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs at the About.com Movies site.
Read Elizabeth Kennedy's review of the book

Picture courtesy of Sony Pictures Animation.  All rights reserved.

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