We watched a movie “Over the Hedge” with our nearly 5 year old daughter tonight and for not the first time, we found that she is a very emotional child. She is very caring about animals and people. Recently, I have noticed when animals are in trouble on the screen, she cries. She cares so much. Maybe when she grows up she will be a vet or someone who takes care of animals. She frequently ran back to my chair to climb on my lap because she was afraid that something bad was going to happen. She is a strong willed little girl and I am so proud of her and I am so glad that she feels comfortable showing her emotions to us.
I personally get so involved in shows and movies that when there is trauma or something disturbing happens to someone, I often get teary but it is usually of the non-cartoon shows/movies with real people.
We don’t stifle her emotions but we do tell her that (at least) in the movies everything will be alright in the end.