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Saving Mr. Banks: A Father’s Importance

on January 21, 2014

I finally got to see Saving Mr. Banks, and it was a great movie. I loved seeing how Mrs. Travers’ life was wrapped up in the real story of Mary Poppins, and how the film was actually made. But as I thought about the movie more, I kept coming back to the importance of a father. Throughout the movie, we are shown how a father influences his family. Not only was the portrayal of the character Mr. Banks explored, but also the effect of both Walt Disney’s father on his life, and Mrs. Travers’ father on her life. It made me think about the importance of father’s in our present day life as well.


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With so many families splitting up, and dads that aren’t around for their kids, it makes me wonder what kind of impact this will have on the next generation. A father and a mother both influence a child’s worldview and experience significantly. And being shown love from both parents, is so important for a child’s development.

It just makes me wonder what a difference it would make if more families stayed together, if more dads spent time with their kids, and if more kids didn’t have to experience a divorce.

I know the world will never be perfect, and some things we can’t prevent, but it seems like we should strive for stronger families that can show their children a deep and lasting love and prepare them for the future.

Well that’s my random thoughts for the day. If you haven’t seen the movie, I highly recommend it, and if you have, let me know what you thought of it.


2 responses to “Saving Mr. Banks: A Father’s Importance

  1. gracey4 says:

    I loved this movie too Lydia! And I appreciate your thoughts on it. I agree, if more people became less selfish and cared more for their family, rather than their own feelings (which to quote Katy Perry, are nothing short of “hot and cold”) the world would be far better.

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