Only two more sleeps, you guys! Finding Dory is set to be released on Friday, and I honestly couldn't be more excited (said in the voice of Chandler Bing from Friends). By my count, it has taken approximately 7,000 years for them to pull this sequel together, so my expectations are high. Like, unrealistically high. It's just that I loved Finding Nemo so much, you know? In fact, I think I got my nine best parenting tips from Finding Nemo. Because it was just that good.
When Disney/Pixar released Finding Nemo in 2003, it was an instant success, which should have surprised exactly no one. As Rotten Tomatoes put it when IT averaged out the critical reviews and gave it a Certified Fresh whopping 99 percent, "Breathtakingly lovely and grounded by the stellar efforts of a well-chosen cast, Finding Nemo adds another beautifully crafted gem to Pixar's crown." It was a little bit of magic, seeing that movie on the big screen. And not just because it looked incredible. It was tender and honest and sweet in a way that had parents connecting to kids and vice versa. When I walked out of the theater with my four little boys, I felt this sort of release. Like I knew my kids better because I had connected to something that was still inside me. I hate to say my inner child, but... well, yeah my inner child. Here are a few of the things I learned.