Arguments between parents and children are normal, especially during the teenage years. Parents want to protect their kids, and kids are struggling to find their place in the world. This is a frustrating situation for both parties, and if they can’t talk about it, there are bound to be fights.
Imagine what would happen if teens and their parents could trade places
Freaky Friday (2003), starring Lindsey Lohan and Jamie Lee Curtis, explores that idea. The two play a mother and daughter who are always at odds with one another. A magic fortune cookie causes them to swap bodies. They get first hand experience in what it’s like to walk in each other’s shoes.
Both sides of the argument are valid
Freaky Friday forces mother and daughter to work together to understand each other. Too often, parents and children are vilified by one another because they don’t hear each other out.
Parents must understand that kids need to make their own decisions. Instead of preventing kids from doing anything, parents can guide them toward making good choices.
Kids have to know that their parents are trying to protect them. Adults are often learning to grapple with boundaries for their kids for the first time as their kids are becoming more independent. Open and honest communication is key.
Seeing the other side of the argument makes you think
Although I wasn’t a wild teenager, I got into arguments with my parents. Most revolved around how much freedom I could have. I didn’t want to get into trouble– I just wanted to live my life.
It was frustrating, but now I know that they were protecting me. As an adult, I appreciate them for the sacrifices they made for me.
This movie gets 3.5 out of 5 stars. It has an awesome message, but the plot is predictable.
Take time to appreciate your family
You don’t have to switch bodies to respect and understand one another.