These tips are actually to my kids…

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My family watched the new version of Beauty and the Beast this weekend and reheard this line: “There’s something sweet, and almost kind. But he was mean and he was coarse and unrefined. And now he’s dear, and so unsure.”

And I told my daughters this: Generally speaking, you shouldn’t let moments of kindness and uncertainty you see in a man make you overlook other darker aspects about him. Like, for example, the fact that he’s holding you prisoner.

And in the sang song we heard from the beast: “And when we touched, she didn’t shudder at my paw”

And I told my sons this: The thought “She is no longer revolted by my physical presence” should not be considered evidence that she is becoming romantically interested in you.

I mean sure, it worked out well in the movie, but it shouldn’t be applied as a general principle.

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