Saving Mr Banks
The story of Walt Disney trying to get permission to make the Mary Poppins books into a movie is now a film in its own right. Starring Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks, the film blew in on the east wind and will be in cinemas until that wind changes.
P.L. Travers’ magical nanny has of course been immortalised in the film version. If you haven’t seen it yet, there’s no better time than Christmas to cosy up and get swept away with the fun.
However Mary Poppins coming to the aid of the dysfunctional Banks family isn’t just a Disney sing-song. It dispels the myth of the so-called perfect family. In fact it’s probably closer to how most people grow up: in a family that appears fine from the outside, but is in fact a little broken.
Disney’s magic won’t help
Every family has its ups and downs. While we might all like a nanny with magical powers to drift in under an umbrella to fix things – unfortunately this just isn’t possible. But neither is it always necessary.
Agree to disagree
Often we just have to accept that people have different views. It can be hard to understand why someone has certain attitudes or think a particular way, especially if it seems wrong to us.
The best thing to resolve differences can sometimes be to simply let the argument go.
Out of our hands
While there’s often something we can do to help a situation, sometimes things are out of our control. For example when parents split up, there’s nothing really we can do. But it’s important to remember that these kind of situations are not our fault.
Don’t bear the burden alone
If you feel like problems at home are causing you stress or anxiety, it’s important to talk to someone. There’ll be no stern nanny flying in with a carpet bag, but there are people who can help.