I Want To Be Mary Poppins || Mayim Bialik


– My sons were recently researching one of the heroines of the
Suffragette Movement, Jane Addams. I had never heard of
her and my sons told me many interesting things about
all of the things she did to help women get the right to vote. Ever the creative homeschooling
mom, I had a great idea. Let’s watch Mary Poppins! Why? Well before I tell you, make
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of all of my videos. Okay, let’s get back to why I suggested watching Mary Poppins
while my sons were studying the Women’s Suffragette Movement. In the original film which
was made 3,000 years ago, the mom is a Suffragette advocate. Sister Suffragette is
the song that she sings towards the beginning of the movie. The Banks family is a
wealthy family of privilege and many women in those situations were active activists for
women’s right to vote. ♪ Sister Suffragette ♪ My real motivation for watching
though was Mary Poppins. Although you know I hate musicals, Mary Poppins is one of those musicals I can totally get behind. I happen to have played Jane in our sixth grade
production of Mary Poppins and I pretty much know
the entire movie by heart. My kids have previously
not be super interested in this genre of movies but they actually were really interested because
of the Suffragette tie-in. Nerd alert! We’re all nerds. So we grabbed blankets and my laptop and we fired it up for a
nerd cuddle movie session. My boys snickered at the special effects which by today’s standards
are pretty lame, I admit it. They also thought it was
hilarious that the credits were before the movie started which is how it used
to be in the old days. But once the credits ended
and the movie started, the magic could not be contained. The movie is pretty much perfect but the most perfect thing about
it is Mary Poppins herself. She is everything. She’s first and foremost,
she’s a picture of beauty, of modesty, and delightfulness. She places high value on
being well put together and having children who behave well. She is punctual, she emphasizes decorum and most importantly, she
requires obedience from children that is rooted in their innate
desire to get along well with the adults who care for them. She’s also fun, she is so much fun. She makes every task a piece of cake. She takes the children
on wonderful adventures, she’s so much fun! I realized as I watched Mary Poppins for possibly the 100th time
that I want to be Mary Poppins. She’s the model for my parenting. I never realized it until
I watched it with my boys. I like things orderly, I like
efficiency and cleanliness and good behavior, I’m very stern but I also wanna be so much fun. I often feel like I’m too strict, I’m too demanding of my children. I worry that emphasizing
looking presentable makes me sound like a fuddy-duddy. But then I watched Mary
Poppins again, right? Watching Mary Poppins gave me hope. It’s okay to like order and punctuality and to believe that
children should behave well. It’s also important to remember that a spoon full of sugar
does make the medicine go down. If I can continue to
foster a sense of wonder and joy and pleasant unpredictability, I hope to reap the benefits
that Mary Poppins reaps. I admire so many important and paradigm-shifting people in history. There are women in particular
who were trailblazers for women’s rights, women in science, art, literature, philosophy. But when it comes down to
it at the end of the day, I also think it’s okay
to model my parenting after the
supercalifragilisticexpialidocious
Mary Poppins. Thanks for watching. Who do you model your parenting
after, fictional or not? Let me know in the comments below. Thanks for watching, see you next time! Don’t forget to check out
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