Would you watch an 18 rated film with your baby? Nudity, explosions and violence would usually be taboo and a no-go for your child’s eyes and ears, but should an exception be made for new mums and their young babies who just simply want a bit of me time?
A cinema in Bath has recently been rejected by the local council to include age-restricted films in parent and baby screenings which has sparked massive debate amongst parents.
We all know that when you enter motherhood you wave goodbye to a lot of your freedom. The prospect of a box of popcorn and the latest 50 Shades of Grey on the big screen while my baby napped beside me would have been music to my ears in the early days.
I moved to a brand new area when my son was three months old and went from being a university student with hardly any responsibilities to a first-time mum and a homemaker. It was a huge jump which left me feeling rather alone. While my friends were kick-starting their careers or jumping on planes to destinations half way around the world- I was securing a mortgage and cleaning up sick. My son gave me a whole new purpose, but it was a struggle to find like-minded people to share my motherhood journey with.
Even after trying a few mother and baby groups I quickly found that they weren’t really my thing. As a new mother in her early 20’s, I found the mums at the groups to be a lot older than I was, I couldn’t relate to a lot of them, and came back home feeling even more isolated.
I definitely would have brought myself a ticket to a baby and parent screening if I knew I could watch a film of my choice, whether it be a PG or an 18. I suspect lots of younger mums would have been enticed by the opportunity to watch a film with their baby too. Policing parent and baby screenings in this way just feels like another inconsiderate and unnecessary restriction to those seeking to find the perfect balance between being a mum and having time for yourself, and let’s be honest, that’s probably all of us at some point or other!
What does doing something for yourself mean to you?
Being a mum is all about putting the needs of your children before your own, but lots of mums admit to losing their identity when they become a parent. Since becoming a mum, I rediscovered my identity through the amazing online community of mums I connect with daily through my social platforms and blog. As a working stay at home mum, this community has lead to career prospects and a bit more time for me.
It is so important for mums to never lose sight of who they are, which is why I love Kerikit. They empower new mums with their gorgeous designs and I love the way they want to encourage mums to try and squeeze in a little me time every now and again too.
This might be a visit to your hairdressers, hitting the shops, working out at the gym, or even a trip to the cinema- whatever it be, it’s so important for mums to try and make the time to do something for themselves and not forget who they are and what they enjoy doing.
But of course, finding time alone isn’t always possible so whether you’re out with or without your baby I always have my faithful companion (my KeriKit) for all my mummy and non mummy paraphernalia.
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Parent and baby screenings
If you want to enjoy a film with your baby, you can check out parent and baby screenings at your local Odeon or Cineworld. Every cinema is different and what film may be restricted in one cinema may not be in the other. I have compiled a list of a few age-restricted films coming soon to our screens, that I am sure you’ll love getting lost in while your baby naps peacefully next to you. (fingers crossed!)
A few to look out for:
A blistering, modern-day thriller: the story of four women with nothing in common except a debt left behind by their dead husbands’ criminal activities.
A Star is Born
Romantic drama starring Lady Gaga in which a country star helps an aspiring singer launch her career.
The story of a mother trying to protect her family after their landlord sells their rented home and they become homeless.
A Simple Favour
Mystery thriller in which a woman seeks to uncover the truth about her friend’s disappearance.
Love Amelia x