Mom defends decision to take kids to cinema after embarrassing film choices

Shona Hendley was criticized by another woman when she recently took her two young children to the cinema – but has defended the decision because her children enjoyed it

Children in a cinema
Mother’s children had a great time at the cinema (stock photo)

Going to the cinema to see a new movie can be an exciting day for many adults and children alike.

But one mother was furious after recently taking her two children to the cinema and being approached by another woman who questioned the choice of film she had bought tickets for.

Shona Hendley explained she took her two daughters, aged eight and nine, to Jurassic World Dominion earlier this month, which is rated 12A in the UK – meaning people under the age of 12 are allowed to see it if they are taken by a be accompanied by responsible adult.

The film classification gives a parent or guardian the opportunity to decide if they feel the film is appropriate for their child and after Shona and her husband decided that their children would be OK with the ‘action violence’ depicted in the film , they continued their cinematic journey.

She thought the film was appropriate for her (stock photo)


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But when Shona – who hails from Australia, where the film was rated M for maturity, meaning children under 15 are advised parental discretion – went to buy the tickets, the woman behind her asked in the snake, whether it was right for her to take her children to see “such a brutal film”.

Write in the Kidspot blogShona said: “I spoke to my husband and we decided that they should be OK with content like this. The woman next to me in the ticket line wasn’t, and she was pretty sure she shared that opinion with me.

“[She said] “You can’t watch a violent movie with those two little kids, can you?” after hearing our film choices.

“I stood there for a moment, shocked that she said that, but then [said] “Thank you for your concern, but that is our decision and we agree with it.” “

The mum claimed the woman then shook her head “disapprovingly” before it was her turn in the queue to let the family move on to the cinema screen.

And although she handled the situation with grace, Shona said she spent the entire length of the film wondering if she made a mistake or if she was a “bad mother” for her decision.

But when the lights came on at the end of the film, she noticed that most of the audience were children – some even younger than their daughters, and everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves.

She added: “I quickly realized that the cinema was full of children. In fact, many of the other children were much younger than mine, and none of them seemed to be crying, screaming, rocking, or showing any other signs of trauma.

“I understand that [the woman] was probably just trying to do what she felt was morally and ethically correct, but it wasn’t her job to do it, and well, she ended up being the most terrifying part of the entire Jurassic World experience.

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