Movies That Promote Self-Control

Self-control isn't a character strength that comes easily to all kids. Whether they're toddlers, teens, or somewhere in between, many struggle to pay attention to (and manage) their thoughts, feelings, and impulses. But these movies can help by providing excellent role models and repeated "wins" over traits like recklessness and impulsiveness. From Elsa learning to control her powers in Frozen to Luke Skywalker learning to use the Force in Star Wars, these exciting, engaging movies can teach kids important lessons about self-reflection, focus, and the consequences for their actions. (See even more movies and TV shows that promote self-control.)

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Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood: Tiger Family Trip Movie Poster Image
More kid-friendly entertainment from inquisitive tiger cub.
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(Release Year: 2017)
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Frozen Movie Poster Image
Wintry Disney musical is fabulous celebration of sisterhood.
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(Release Year: 2013)
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Kung Fu Panda Movie Poster Image
Appealing kid-friendly comedy; some scary scenes.
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(Release Year: 2008)
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Anne of Green Gables Movie Poster Image
Faithful, sensitive take on classic novel is great for kids.
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(Release Year: 1986)
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Wreck-It Ralph Movie Poster Image
Game-themed movie mixes potty humor with strong messages.
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(Release Year: 2012)
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A Christmas Story Movie Poster Image
Wonderful antidote to cutesy holiday tales; some swearing.
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(Release Year: 1983)
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Star Wars: Episode VI: The Return of the Jedi Movie Poster Image
Ewok-filled finale less Force-ful than previous.
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(Release Year: 1983)
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Star Wars: Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back Movie Poster Image
The best of the original series, but the most intense, too.
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(Release Year: 1980)
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Coraline Movie Poster Image
Cool but creepy animated fantasy too scary for young kids.
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(Release Year: 2009)
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Back to the Future Movie Poster Image
'80s time-travel favorite; some violence, bullying, cursing.
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(Release Year: 1985)
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The Karate Kid Movie Poster Image
'80s classic is still fun for families with older tweens.
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(Release Year: 1984)
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Drumline Movie Poster Image
Outstanding cast, great message, strong language.
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(Release Year: 2002)
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First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers Movie Poster Image
Poignant, violent story of child during Khmer Rouge's reign.
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(Release Year: 2017)
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