Celebrate Auntie’s Day with Movies About, Who Else? Aunts!

Melanie Notkin's inaugural post for Common Sense Media is on what else but Auntie's Day - and her picks for aunt-themed movies to watch with nieces and nephews of all ages! 

Watching a movie with my nephew and nieces, whether in the theater or at home, is one of my favorite auntie activities. Plus, kids always seem to remember who took them to see their favorite movie. I always feel lucky when it's one we saw together.

We're not just creating memories, though. Research shows that the dedicated time an aunt spends with her nieces and nephews, what I've dubbed "qual-auntie time," helps develop their social, emotional, and cognitive skills. Co-watching movies offers aunts the opportunity to open discussions around the topics and issues the movies raise and help explain what the children may not understand. Plus, snuggling together at the movie theater, or on the couch, helps develop that ever-lasting bond between auntie and child.

The special relationship between aunts and their nieces and nephews is so unique, I established Auntie's Day, a national day to honor and celebrate all the cool aunts, great-aunts, godmothers, and all women who love a child not-their-own. This Sunday, July 22, is the 10th annual Auntie's Day. If an aunt is fortunate enough to be with the children she loves this Sunday -- or any day -- a great idea for "qual-auntie time" together is an aunt-themed movie. There are several movies for kids of all ages that feature an aunt figure, from the movies we loved as children to more recent movies aunties can discover with our nieces and nephews. Here are just a few of my favorites:

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