I got a free screening of the Conjuring 2 thanks to our partners at Warner Bros and I was freaked out but also as a parent to young children it is probably not appropriate for them. I definitely recommend this and any other scary movie as a great date night though and for your older children. The Conjuring 2 comes out on June 10 and even though you may not take your young children to see it, there are definitely other times when you want to know how to talk to your children about scary things they see on television, at school or even on the news. They may see something scary on a cartoon that is perfectly family friendly. Here are some tips to help out parents in talking to your kids about scary movies.
Based on a true story, THE CONJURING 2, recounts a haunting in London, England that plagued a single mother, Peggy (played by Frances O’Connor), and her four children, Margaret, Janet, Johnny, and Billy. The church sends world renowned paranormal investigators Ed (Patrick Wilson) and Lorraine Warren (Vera Farmiga) to investigate the authenticity of the haunting and help the family.
What begins as an investigation turns into a battle of good vs evil in which faith and scripture become the necessary tools to defeat a powerful entity. TheConjuring 2 is a story of overcoming fear and the power of God’s love and protection against evil.
The Conjuring 2 Parent Guide to Scary Movies
With THE CONJURING 2 in theaters this Friday, it’s only natural to think about scary movies. For some of us, the thoughts are about avoiding them at all costs, but for others there’s excitement at thinking about getting a good scare from our theater seats.
But what about our kids? Especially at younger ages, they can be truly disturbed if they happen to see something onscreen that frightens them. It may not even be a well-made supernatural horror film like THE CONJURING 2 – certainly not for pre-teens – but could be something they see in one of their favorite cartoons that raises fears.
What can you do as a parent when this happens to your son or daughter? Here are a few tips from the experts at Focus on the Family:
- The first thing you need to do is sit down with your child and give them the chance to discuss the film openly. Ask them what they saw, what they thought about it, and how it made them feel. Whatever you do, don’t make light of their fears or dismiss their feelings as silly or immature.
- Once their emotions have been aired, assure your son or daughter that this was only a story, just like the imaginary tales they may have seen in picture story books. Bad things weren’t happening to real people – they were actors playing a pretend game, like they and their friends do.
- Reassure your child that you, as their parent, are dedicated to protecting them. Let them know that it is one of your most important jobs – ensuring they feel safe and are safe. Reinforce that message with plenty of hugs.
- If you are a Christian family, you can explain that God has promised to be with them at all times, even in the midst of danger. Open up the Bible and show them the passages where God promises never to leave us or forsake us (Genesis 28:15; Deuteronomy 31:6, 8; Joshua 1:5; Hebrews 13:5). Pray with them about the scary movie and their fears, and encourage them to pray on their own when they become frightened at night. If it seems appropriate, you can also practice some coping techniques with them, like deep breathing relaxation exercises or visualizing a happy place.
- One last thought: it is definitely not a good idea for you to sleep in your child’s room or to let them sleep in your bed. That will only reinforce the behavior you’re trying to eliminate, encouraging them to act helpless and dependent. So whatever happens, make it clear that you will not be sleeping with them. Instead, find some other way to make them feel secure, like turning on a nightlight for a while or letting them take a special stuffed animal to bed.
Come to think of it, if you go see THE CONJURING 2 and you’re still a little scared even after the credits roll, feel free to take your favorite stuffed animal to bed with you, too.