I didn’t mean to introduce my son to Star Wars at the age of three – but it happened anyway.
My husband and I were rewatching the original trilogy at home before watching Star Wars: The Force Awakens at the movie theater. We had put our son, Aiden, to bed an hour before, and all was quiet in his room. Or so we thought…
We had just started watching the first movie, Episode IV: A New Hope, when we hear his little feet padding down the hallway towards us. He walks into the living room, sniffs the air, and says, “I smell popcorn.”
Dang it! Caught in the act!
Let me share with you my thought process at 10:30 p.m. that night.
I really want to watch this movie tonight.
If we have to put him to bed again, it will be 11 p.m. before we even start.
It’s so late, he’ll fall asleep right away and we’ll just carry him back to his room.
Our son stayed awake until the movie ended around 12:30 a.m.! My husband laughed because I dozed off during part of the movie but Aiden stayed awake the entire time!
Later that week, Aiden saw the Star Wars trilogy boxed so he begged us to let him watch the other two movies. Too late now we figured, so we let him watch Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back and Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.
And that’s how my son came to be hooked on Star Wars, Darth Vader and Storm Troopers at the age of three.
That’s also how my son became obsessed with the “bad guys.” He always pretends to be Darth Vader or a Storm Trooper, never Luke Skywalker or Hans Solo.
The point to this story is there is a better way to introduce your toddler or young child to Star Wars without letting them watch the movies.
A friend told me that Little Golden Books makes a Star Wars series and they do an excellent job of covering the plot of the movies while minimizing the violence and making it less scary. The books are perfect for kids ages 3-6.
I bought them for my son and he LOVES them! I think he likes them even better than the movies.
When it comes to introducing your toddler to Star Wars, do or do not. There is no try.