Savoring Childhood Friendships with Winnie and Friends

The other day my children and I received some magic in the mail: The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Available For The First Time on Blu-ray Combo Pack and HD Digital August 27th. The movie was meaningful to us on many levels. I remember watching this charming film myself when I was a little girl (in the movie theater) so it was really special to get the chance to cuddle up with my own children decades later and be enchanted by Winnie the Pooh and his friends once again.

Watching the Winnie the Pooh DVD

My children, ages 10 and 7, really enjoyed stepping into the Hundred Acre Woods with Winnie the Pooh, Christopher Robin, Eyeore, Piglet, Rabbit, Tigger, Owl,  Kanga and Roo. Childhood friendships are so important (and so sweet) and I found myself drifting back in time as I watched the film. Winnie the Pooh is so relatable to kids of all ages– he accidentally gets himself into all kinds of predicaments and needs his friends to give him a helping hand.

My family and I really enjoyed the “chapter” where Pooh goes to visit Rabbit then proceeds to eat all of Rabbit’s honey (or should I say huney) and then gets stuck as he tries to leave. There are great lessons about friendship, as Rabbit goes to get Christopher Robin and Eyeore to help. Days pass and no one is able to nudge poor Pooh through. But they make the best of the situation as Rabbit draw’s a funny face on Pooh’s…ahem… posterior. But it is the tiniest member of the group, Piglet, who finds the solution when he gives Pooh some honeysuckle, causing him to sneeze… and freeing him from being stuck!

I couldn’t help but remember my childhood. While we didn’t live in the Hundred Acre Woods, we did live by some “regular” woods that seemed enchanted to us neighborhood kids. Much like Winnie the Pooh and his friends, in the summertime, we would spend hours playing and pretending… getting into mischief and then getting out somehow. Those were wonderful times for me.

Those long-ago days helped me understand the meaning of friendship. I still carry those lessons in my heart today. Now as an adult, I realize how precious childhood is, and how the friendships you create stay with your forever. I hope my own children will look back on these days with fondness and remember the summer afternoon during which they and their mom got to visit Winnie the Pooh and learn a bit about the timelessness of friendship.

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    My first born’s nursery was Winnie the Pooh – such a classic :)
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    Lisa Brown says

    It is important to learn necessary skills for a happy and rewarding life.
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    Susan Christy says

    I have always had a lot of friends and encouraged my kids to be friendly and welcoming to people they meet. As a result, they are very sociable, polite and engaging individuals who can talk to anyone and also have a large circle of friends.

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    Elena says

    It’s important for kids to have friends and have fun to be happy and sociable

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    Jenna says

    What a fun giveaway. When I was little my youngest brother wore out our VHS copy of Pooh. We all still say T.T.F.N. like tigger because my brother was obsessed. Ta Ta for now.

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    Mami2jcn says

    Friendship, imagination and adventure are important for my children because they get to develop social skills and enjoy the fun of being a kid.

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    Crystal says

    My girls loved Winnie the Pooh growing up. We had all the movies on VHS. We watched them so much that we wore out several. I think making friends as a child is easy, but it is really important to teach our kids how to grow that friendship. You may disagree as friends, but a true friend stays no matter what. I taught my girls that your husband should be your best friend who you share everything with and is there no matter what….even when you don’t agree with each other and you will…lol.

    My girls are older now (19 & 16) and they feel sorry for kids growing up today that don’t use their imagination. They had so much fun building Barbie houses out of books and boxes, swimming pools out of big bowls with a big spoon for a slide; grocery stores, house, etc… Using their imagination, enables them to think beyond what is right in front of them and opens a new world of possibilities to them.

    I’m glad you got to watch the movie with your kids and have a new memory for the Winnie The Pooh movie :)
    Have a great day!!

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    Kelly D says

    It important because my children learn so much by playing together and with other kids, as well as by using their imaginations. This prepares them to be productive and happy adults.

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    Ellie W says

    Imagination, friendships, and a sense of adventure can open up the whole world to children. I try to nurture them and allow them to follow the beat of their own drums.

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    Vanessa says

    Love Pooh and the lessons he teaches are timeless!

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    courtney b says

    its important for children to dream and imagine, its crucial to becoming a successful adult! everyone needs a childhood!

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    Every kid needs a buddy. Someone to learn and play with. When I think back on my own childhood most of my memories involve my best girl friends. I know my son will have similar memories as he grows with his friends.

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    amy pugmire says

    I think its very important. It helps them grow and develop a personality and great social skills as well.

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    heather says

    friendship imgination and adventure are so important in a childs life they bring happiness

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    Jennifer B says

    friendship, imagination and adventure are important because you need to escape and explore in your mind it helps you grow and be creative and it makes life that more interesting and everything is better with a friend

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    Susan Smith says

    Imagination is important for creativity and growing through adventures, which plays into their imagination.
    Friendships and building relationships is a necessary skill for all ages

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    soha molina says

    They are all character building traits and therefore very important.

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    Dee says

    Friendship is important to have support in life and people to share the happy moments with and building relationships is important for careers. As for imagination? What would a grand adventure be without one? All are very important tools for a child to grow and prosper! :)

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    Tamar says

    I think it adequately prepares the child for adulthood and real life.

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    Margaret Smith says

    I feel that the importance of friendship, imagination and adventure in my kids lifes help them to develope socially and emotionally.
    Thanks so much.
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    Denise S says

    These things are all important in my children’s live, because it gives them confidence, fun and helps them develop and learn about the world.
    lazybones344 at gmail dot com

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    Deborah Anderson says

    Through friendship, children learn tolerance, compassion, and social interaction. Playing together inspires imagination, and that increases thinking power. So yes, it’s all very important to a child’s development.

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    Allie says

    Adventure brings new experiences and learning to children.

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    rebecca shockley says

    I think it’s very important, when your young, friendships come and go, if your lucky, you’ll still have a few of those connections as lifelong friends!!! Life without adventure would almost have no meaning, especially for a child!

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    Stephanie Larison says

    Kids need to experience all this to grow and become who they will be. It also helps with social skills, independence, and confidence.

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    sandra says

    Friendship, imagination and adventure help develop social and skills and self-confidence

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    Tina M says

    these things are important,help them to learn about themselves and what them want in their life

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    Jacob LaFountaine says

    imagination to figure out what dreams you can live in the future

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    Jessie C. says

    Friendship, imagination and adventure are impoart for my kids because they make life richer and happier.
    tcarolinep at gmail dot com

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    Jessie C. says

    -https://twitter.com/tcarolinep/status/364950776327569409

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    Emily says

    My daughter thrives from friendships. She learns the most by mimicking others actions. I love watching her gain skills by being creative and using her imagination.

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    steve weber says

    It’s important for kids to have friends and have fun to be happy and sociable

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    Michele C. says

    Friendships are so meaningful to children and helps them grow, provides them with social skills and allows them to make mistakes. Imagination and adventure opens the eyes of children and allows them to see the world through innocent eyes.

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    Michelle says

    My kids use their imaginations when they play together. They are learning and growing while going on adventures. And oftentimes, it is with their friends. I love it!

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    janna johnson says

    encouraging imagination builds problem solving skills for the future

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    tiffany lane says

    friendships are important for children bc it develops relationships outside the family for a child

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    steph says

    he is only 8 months; so far friendship means someone new to chew on! scg00387 at yahoo dot com

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    Barbara M says

    These three things are what help my children to grown into emotionally healthy adults – thank you.

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    Debbie B says

    Imagination helps children become creative thinkers; friendship and adventure is an essential part of life

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    Rebecca Graham says

    These three skills lead to a happy and normal life.

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    joni says

    Friendship, imagination and adventure in your child’s life is important because it molds them to become who they are and teaches them love and acceptance.

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    Kerry says

    Friendship, imagination and adventure are so important in a child’s life because they will use all of these things throughout their entire life!

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    Wanda McHenry says

    The ability to use imagination to create an adventure with their friends molds a child into a confident and well social balanced individual.

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    Lisa says

    I do not have kids but friendship is very important. When I was a kid I was always with my friends, and I had a big imagination!

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    ashley c. says

    I think imagination is incredibly important and do whatever I can to encourage imagination through playtime.
    addictedtorodeo at gmail dot com

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    augrim says

    adventure is good, imagination is wonderful, friendship is a must for a child. Pooh out!

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    tina reynolds says

    Imagination is so important to encourage it helps a child grow and be creative. I really think it helps them believe they can do anything. My kids and I have tea partys, and such are favorite is pretending to be a vet.

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    Lisa V. says

    Friendship, Imagination and Adventure will help a child grow and want more from life.

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    Diane baum says

    Friendship and imagination play critical roles in making loving humans, as evidenced by my 27 year old’s nickname is still Tigger, my other son Piglet and me mom-I’m Winnie.

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    LAMusing says

    Friendship is the lodestone in our lives. Creativity and a sense of adventure can spark a child to perform better in school, become more confidant, problem solve – and lead to an amazing adulthood.

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    Norma says

    My daughter built her career on imagination and a sense of adventure! She did it with 2 long time friends at her side.

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    Jammie says

    It is important because it helps them discover themselves. sweepmorey at gmail dot com

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    Erica Best says

    I love when kids have adventures is takes them to places they may never see with out a imagination

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    I love that my daughter has stayed friends with her buddies from daycare throughout the year, even when they went on to different schools. They’ve maintained a wonderful bond.

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    I loved Pooh & friends when I was a kid and am so happy my kids now love them just as much.
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    Brittney House says

    I think they all build character and help the kids live healthy active social lives.

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    s riches says

    Imagination allows children to find creative solutions to problems that can be shared with others.

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    Brenda Elsner says

    Friendship, adventure, and imagination are all important aspects in a children’s life. They grow emotionally and mentally and it let’s them be who they are and discover themselves. It gives them skills they will need in their adult lives. I love sitting and just watching my kids use their imaginations!

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    maria cantu says

    It helps them be good people as they grow into adults.

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    by reading out loud and spending time creating from nothing I can help my children open their mind

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    Imagination and friendship is very important. The pretend play kids do with their friends is helps them in the real world.
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    Chase smith says

    Friendship is very improtant in any childs life, i try to get my son to build as many friendships early in life as possible to help teach him how to share and give him a sense of loyalty. Adventure and imagination are also soo so important to my young son, these charactoristics play big roles in anything a child does and wants to grow up to be, imagination allows him to pretend to be anything he wants and adventure lets him think of things he can do that help him imagine what he wants to be.

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    CharityS says

    It builds character, creates a world of fun, and leads to a happy childhood.

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    gina says

    It will help enrich his life and make him a better & more well rounded person.

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    ky2here says

    Our middle daughter personifies friendship, imagination and adventure. She sees the good in almost everyone and is an artist.

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    Shannon says

    It is so important for kids to have an imagination. As my kids grow I see how their imagination grows too! I encourage their creativity and socializing with similar friends!

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    Sky Kory says

    Friendship, imagination and adventure will help children become happy, responsible adults and leave them nice memories!

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    Julie Goetz says

    I want my daughter to find happiness and with that she will need to make many friends. Her imagination is important so she can dream big.

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    Mihaela D. says

    Friendship, imagination and adventure are important for my children because they get to develop social skills

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    Emmy says

    Imagination has been studied in children and it has shown that the more imaginative a child is in his/her youth the better chance s/he has for developing positive coping, social, and problem solving skills.

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    Bonnie Caselman says

    The importance of friendship, imagination and adventure in my child’s life is memories that can never be forgotten or replaced.

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    susan smoaks says

    I truly believe that friendship, imagination and adventure are of the utmost importance in our child’s life. They help with growth and maturity and help keep life fun and exciting.
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    Laurie Emerson says

    It is so important for children to have friends as together they can share each others dreams, hopes and giggles. Best friends create memories which last a lifetime and smile when you think of each other. Imagination is the best thing as child can have as it lets them explore all the possibilities in life and gives them the courage to go on their own adventures both real and imaginary.

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    Amanda Sakovitz says

    Friendship, imagination and adventure are important for my children to be well rounded.

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    crystal smith says

    Friendship, imagination and adventure are some of the most important aspects of my sons’ lives. We try to incorporate them into our everyday life because they not only mean developing creative and social skills, but enjoying their childhood years (which go by way too fast)

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    These three things – imagination, friendship, and adventure – are the building blocks for a child to become a well-rounded adult. They create that child’s personality, career, hobbies, and social network!
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    Ed Nemmers says

    The little one already has quite the vivid imagination!

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    Sarah L says

    Friendship, imagination and adventure are all important for kids (and adults, too) We take a daily hike around the lake and see what adventures we can have.
    Thanks for the contest.

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    Thomas Murphy says

    Its very important that my kids have fun with there imagination and go on fun adventures with there good friends.

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    Ashley Morrissey says

    Friendship, imagination and adventure are the three best things when you’re a child. Friendship for when you’re feeling lonely. Imagination for when you’re feeling bored. Adventure for when you’re feeling a little..well, adventurous! ;)

    -Ashley Marie Morrissey
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    Betty says

    Friendship, imagination and adventure is the background framework of the many bedtime stories we read the kids. Winnie the pooh was all about friendship

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    Vanessa says

    It helps them become creative and kind adults.
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