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Goodbye Christopher Robin

Goodbye Christopher Robin

This is a sponsored post.

Several years ago, I began a life changing quest to find more ways to incorporate reading into our daily lives. Those early days were filled with rambunctious toddlers and a little baby. It was a strange thing to chase after with three children under three years of age. But, I earnestly felt we needed it. So, one of the first books we read aloud was Winnie-The-Pooh by AA Milne. It helped shape this reading habit we were developing and created incredible memories for both my children and myself.

When I found out the movie, Goodbye Christopher Robin, was about Author AA Milne writing Winnie-The-Pooh, I was so excited. As a parent, I’m intrigued when parents publish beloved stories either written for their children or inspired by their children. I’ve always been so intrigued that AA Milne’s collection of Winnie-The-Pooh is confined to four slim volumes. It seems larger now, because Disney owns Winnie-The-Pooh, but the original stories and poems are all confined to four books.

Goodbye Christopher Robin follows the story of comedy play writer, AA Milne. Traumatized by his time in the war, AA Milne moves his family to the English countryside. Soon, he is inspired by his son’s imagination and collection of stuffed animals. When AA Milne publishes the Winnie-the-Pooh stories, the popularity and success of the books brought hope and comfort to a battle worn England. However, what does it cost the real Christopher Robin?

In Goodbye Christopher Robin, we watch AA Milne’s unexpected success and how it trickled down to effecting his son. It wasn’t just lovely acting, it was also so real. As much as I love blogging and growing my brand, I am first a Mom. A mom who carefully considers the impact of sharing details of my kids’ lives on my blog. This is not something I take lightly. I always want to be respectful of my kids – as growing humans who will one day become adults. Because of the the tension I feel in showing my family on the blog, but not wanting to overshare the lives of my children, I found myself identifying with AA Milne so much. In fact, my husband and I have very strict rules about the pictures and videos we post on social media and the stories we share with the world. We do everything in our power to respect who are kids are as people and work to do everything we can to avoid embarrassing them.

Goodbye Christopher Robin is a wonderful reminder of how fleeting childhood is; not just for children, but for their parents too. This is one and only childhood we get with our kids. It’s so easy to get caught up in the long to-do list and all the good things we are involved in, that we lose sight of our children as children.

Towards the end of the movie, I teared up. Well, at least, I thought I had only shed a tear or two. By the time the credit rolled, I realized I had been sobbing. The story was powerful on it’s own, but the acting brought the story to life. I wasn’t expecting to be so moved by the story in a movie. But I was. It’s now been over 24 hours since the credits rolled and the movie ended, and I am still haunting by my take away: investing in a relationship with your children provides valuable memories for them and with them.

If you love Winnie-the-Pooh, you will love enjoy Goodbye Christopher Robin. If you need a fresh perspective on investing in kids in your life, Goodbye Christopher Robin is exactly what you are looking for. I can’t remember the last time I was so moved by a movie; but Goodbye Christopher Robin has made a huge impact and I have no desire to quickly forget the lessons I took away from such a powerful movie.

I went to a free screening of Goodbye Christopher Robin and I received compensation in exchange for writing this review. Although this post is sponsored, all opinions are my own.

12 Comments
  • Kate @ Mom's Radius
    Posted at 14:29h, 19 October

    Oh wow! I have to see that movie. I love Winnie-the-Pooh. My son is actually named Christopher after Christopher Robin. I’m checking out my movie theaters right now to see when this movie is coming. 🙂

    I get what you’re sawing about not wanting to overshare on your blog about your kids. I write about my son a lot, but I try to keep it to milestone events (i.e. losing his first tooth), family vacations/game nights/etc., and then the books we’re reading together. I do talk a little about questions he’s asking, but I try not to share embarrassing stories or photos. I know someday his friends will likely see my posts from his childhood, and I don’t want him to be mad about anything I’ve written.

  • Meg
    Posted at 15:00h, 23 October

    That movie sounds fabulous! Have you read the picture book about the real bear Winnie? It’s a keeper too.

  • anne - onedeterminedlife
    Posted at 19:32h, 23 October

    I have seen previews for the movie but was not sure I wanted to go see it. Thanks for the review.

  • Norlisha
    Posted at 01:40h, 24 October

    Sounds really good! I enjoyed your thorough review and I will definitely look into seeing this movie!

  • Justine Y @ Little Dove
    Posted at 03:30h, 24 October

    I just saw a preview of this movie the other day and it looks so interesting! Thanks for your review and perspective on it! I agree, my husband and I are the same way, we try to be careful with the pictures of our children we post and selective with the information we share.

  • Nicole Kamai
    Posted at 05:40h, 24 October

    I saw a preview of this movie and it looked so good. It is such a good reminder that even if our children are inspiration for our work, they do have their own life and have to live it. I can’t wait to check out this movie!

  • Amanda Maxwell
    Posted at 14:53h, 24 October

    I HAVENT SEEN THE PREVIEW FOR THIS BUT I AM NOW GOING TO FIND IT. WE LOVE TO READ IN OUR HOUSE AND WE ARE SLOWLY MAKING OU WAY THROUGH THE CLASSICS LIKE WINNIE THE POOH. SUCH A GREAT THING FOR KIDDOS.

  • Adree | The Keele Deal
    Posted at 01:39h, 25 October

    Now I want to see this movie. We love Winnie the Pooh at our house. It’s been a while since I saw a good movie with a really good life message and this sounds like it had both.

  • Heather | Made In A Pinch
    Posted at 03:22h, 25 October

    What an amazing post – it really touched me! I haven’t seen the movie (or actually heard of it before now), but your review has me intrigued. I am the same way about posting about my children!

  • Tamara Goyette
    Posted at 03:23h, 25 October

    I just heard about this movie the other day and I cannot wait for it. Though its one for me and not my kiddos to see.

    • Bethany Armstrong
      Posted at 00:47h, 30 October

      I agree! I don’t think it’s a movie for young children! Let me know if you get to watch it!

  • Deana Metzke
    Posted at 03:48h, 29 October

    I’m intrigued, and looking forward to some reflecting from this movie! Thanks for the great review.