Lessons From Kids Movies- The Sandlot

Since Christmas break is fast approaching, we know movie rentals/downloads will be abundant. Hopefully you can watch some movies we share this week if you haven't already seen them. The Sandlot

I think I've seen this movie 20 times with my youngest brother. He loved the movie, and as with all children, you watch movies over and over and over, right?

We're a baseball family, and this movie fits right in with that theme. The movie is based in the 1960's when a kid (Scotty "Smalls") moves to L.A. with his mom and new step-dad. He doesn't have any friends and sees some kids playing baseball in a nearby field that they call "the sandlot".

Smalls wants to play with them & has no talent whatsoever, but decides to play anyway. Some of the kids on the team begin to ridicule him, but the most talented kid on the team Benny, sticks up for him, points out they need the extra player, and they begin to bond.

This movie is great for kids because it teaches teamwork, how to build friendships, and how to overcome alot of fears. There's a dog on the other side of the fence of The Sandlot named Beast, whom all the kids fear. When home-run balls are hit, they get lost in Beast's world, thus they try to avoid hitting home-runs. However, Smalls convinces the guys to overcome their fears and try to get some of the balls back. They're so scared of the dog, they can't even come up with simple, logical reasoning and go to long, complicated lengths to get their baseballs back. However, it makes them problem-solve, face their fears, and work together as a team.

As adults, we do the same thing. When we're scared, we can't think logically and over-complicate things. Thinking simply doesn't seem to work well. Children are no different!

Throughout the movie you can see each character begin to come into their own and see where their role fits in the group, and in life too.

If you have children who love sports, need a lesson in teamwork and facing their fears - and want a great laugh, I highly recommend The Sandlot.

Written by: Tamara Portee MA, LMHC, LCAC

*Tamara enjoys doing marriage counseling, individual counseling, & couples counseling  at Imagine Hope. We also specialize in family counseling, child & adolescent counseling. Imagine Hope serves the Indianapolis area, including the surrounding areas of Carmel, Noblesville, Zionsville, Westfield & Fishers.