‘A kids’ movie made me realise I’m a dolphin parent.’

It’s funny how seeing a movie can function as the catalyst for self-reflection. Yet, hurtling through my 11th year of being a mum, I haven’t ever given thought to the type of parent I actually am. 

I didn’t know a kid’s movie about a family of ducks would start the contemplation but have since come to the realisation that I’m not just ‘winging it’ (pardon the pun). 

“If you show your children love, then the rest will fall into place,” has been my mantra, and despite having no qualifications to dish out such advice, it’s working for me … so far. 

But I’ve recently discovered that there’s a lot more to it. 

It’s a team effort. 

Big family decisions are tough and plenty, but together, nothing is too hard to wrangle. I’m sure this is a lesson for us humans, as well as the ducks!

The new film, Migration is from the Illumination Studios team that created the Minions, Despicable Me, Sing and The Secret Life of Pets blockbusters. Coming to cinemas on Boxing Day, it’s honestly a family-fun comedy full of heart.  

The Mallard ducks leave for a funny, feathered family vacation and the time away from the pond inspires them to enjoy the adventure, open themselves up to new friends and discover more about each other’s capabilities. 

The Helicopter dad, Mack, has his little family’s best interests at the core of everything he does, but it can make him reluctant to try new things. With encouragement from his wife, he agrees to take flight – as long as they’re all in it together.