To refuse to take DD to the cinema to see this film
DinosaursCanDance · 26/11/2022 16:50
Because I don’t want to see it. DD is absolutely dying to see the new Matilda the Musical film but none of her friends also want to see and she doesn’t want to go alone so she’s begging me to go with her but I don’t really want to see the film to be honest. DD is 16. I know why she really wants to see it, because years ago she played Matilda in the west end musical show.
Am I being unreasonable?AIBU
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MissBattleaxe · 26/11/2022 17:35
I love seeing films with the kids. You can have a great little nap with nobody noticing and they've had ice cream and an afternoon with (dozing) Mum. Since she was in the musical, I think it would be really special to take her. It's an important memory for her and you should share it. And add a Nando's afterwards. If my 16 year old asked me to go to the cinema I'd think he was having me on. Grab it!
PortalooSunset · 26/11/2022 17:38
I have such fond memories of going to the cinema/theatre with my mum when I was that age. I'm sure I dragged her to some shite she'd rather not have seen, and vice versa tbh. But it was great just spending that one on one time with her.
Glad to see your updates that you're going. Hope you enjoy it after all.
Saracen · 26/11/2022 17:43
LOL this must be the first time I've bucked the trend to say nah, why bother. Usually it's the other way round because I am hot on parents making time for their kids!
There must be lots of things you could do together instead which you'd both enjoy. (...if that isn't the case, then I guess you should take her to this film after all, and work hard to bond with her!) Why waste the price of a ticket and a couple of hours of your life? She can keep asking other friends and relatives until she finds someone who wants to go see this. Or go by herself, then the two of you go to a cafe afterward?
I love doing things with my 16yo, but we do stuff we both like. There's usually someone else she can go with. It isn't much fun going with someone who doesn't want to be there anyway. If it isn't something I want to do, I'll only agree if it's practically a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
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