How To Motivate Younger Children To Behave During Family Movie Outings

Family movies can be a nice change of pace for the moviegoer who’s interested in watching a movie that has a little more heart, has great jokes for viewers of all ages, and is generally just fun. More importantly, the idea of a family movie is that it’s trying to appeal to a family who wants to step out together and share a fun experience at the movie theater. There’s just one problem — can you be sure that your kids will behave?

Even if you only have one child, parents strive to be better than the scores of parents they’ve critiqued in the past for not having better control over their child’s behavior. It is not an easy task, and for as selfish as it seems, you yourself may be a movie lover who wants to watch a movie in peace. The last thing you want to do is hand out punitive edicts in an aggressive whisper.

As with most things, you want to be sure to plan things out ahead of time and really think about one main issue with family movie night — making sure the kids are actually ready to go to the movies. Just because you’re a movie buff, your kids may not be keen on the theater environment, the larger crowds, or they may just be too boisterous to sit still & not make noise. Here’s where honesty as a parent becomes essential because we all think our kids are angels, right?

If you’ve decided that a family movie outing can move forward, it’s important to do a few things in preparation. Of course, choose a movie that will actually appeal to your kids. If they are entertained, there’s a good chance that they will be a bit more focused. Plus, kids’ movies are usually a little shorter, have goofy characters, and are paced with their attention-spans in mind. Also, take your experience with your kids and see when they operate the best during the day. Some kids are great early in the day, but by dinner, they are an absolute mess. Others work the other way around. Either way, knowing which works best for your family will ensure an easier time.

Finally, you need to be of the mindset that you need to go with the flow of your kids’ behavior. Even if you’ve set guidelines and expectations about quiet time & movie etiquette with your kids prior to going to the theater, you just never know. All you really can do is chalk a rough time up to experience. After all, you wouldn’t be the first parent that had to leave a movie theater because of their kid’s mood swings.

Family movies and family movie outings can be a lot of fun and can set the tone for other family adventures. Even if things don’t go as smoothly as possible, it’s still time you spend together, and that’s priceless.