Day 25 of “Diving into Disney”: Marlin

Good Afternoon Friends!

Happy Hump Day! We’re halfway through the week, can you believe it? Time is zipping by and we are almost done with this workshop. I hope you all have enjoyed it. 🙂 Today we’re going to discuss a popular clown fish who was an overprotective father, and who scoured the ocean for his little boy, Nemo. Yes, today we’re going to dive into Marlin from “Finding Nemo” and learn about how having discipline can enhance your Cg/l relationship. Are you ready? Then let’s dive in! ❤

I. Marlin: 

Discipline: upholding and continuing a consistent and well-ordered life through obedience, regardless of how we feel.

There’s a scene in “Finding Nemo” that always makes me chuckle. Well, a few scenes actually. But one that stands out occurs just before Nemo is captured by the scuba divers. Marlin and Nemo get into an argument because Marlin is feeling overprotective of his son. He doesn’t want Nemo to get hurt. In his worry as a parent he comes down on Nemo harshly and tells him that he needs to wait until next year to attend school. Naturally, Nemo (who is longing for more independence) lashes out at his father and swims off of the drop off towards the boat. When Marlin realizes that Nemo is right by the boat he shouts at the top of his lungs, “Don’t you put ONE FIN on that boat!”. Nemo glares at Marlin… sticks out his fin… and slaps the boat in a moment of absolute defiance. For a single second every parent who ever watched that scene could relate with the anger that Marlin felt. As a parent you strive to raise your child in a fine balance of discipline, structure, while giving them freedom to learn and grow. Yet, there are times when your child acts out in ways that are unacceptable. Like Nemo, they think that they know what’s best only to quickly discover that they’ve made a blunder.

Throughout the movie Marlin had to learn that while the tragic death of his wife made him overprotective of his son, Nemo still needed room to grow and take risks. He had to learn to relax a little bit as a parent and adapt to the changing needs of Nemo, and he does just that. In the end, Marlin is able to guide Nemo safely while maintaining boundaries and rules to protect his son in the future. It is his discipline, wisdom, and desire to better himself that makes him an excellent role model for Littles. 🙂

II. Disney Bounding Outfit: 

III. Little Space Activity: Fish Hand-print Painting 

Paint your palm orange and press it down horizontally. Then, using paint, markers, crayons, etc. create your own clown fish artwork! 🙂

IV. Personal Development Lesson: 

One of the hardest things I’ve had to learn being a submissive, is that there will be plenty of times when my dominant wants me to do something that I just don’t want to do. The task is agreed upon beforehand. It’s well within my boundaries of what is acceptable for them to instruct. Yet, like every other person on the planet, I also have weaknesses and flaws that need improvement. This is where having a dominant can be so beneficial. I’m not going to lie or “sugar coat” things here. It’s HARD to have your dominant guide you in areas that you’re weak. If it isn’t difficult, it wouldn’t be a weakness! But alas, it is a weakness and you did ask for help. Therefore, they are well within their right as your dom to give you tasks that feel uncomfortable… and that push you a bit. This is where having discipline becomes so important.

Your dominant is creating tasks tailored to your needs. Sure, you might not want to wake up at a certain time every day, and immediately hydrate, take your medicine, and eat a balanced breakfast. But you learn to obey. You demonstrate discipline in completing the daily task regardless of how you feel, and you do so because deep down you know that your dominant is guiding you into developing healthy habits for yourself.

That’s not to say that it will all be “smooth sailing” or that submissives simply obey without question. Far from it! (And this is where punishment usually occurs). Just as you need to have discipline to follow their lead, so too will your dominant need to remain firm to punish you when you don’t complete their task. They need to punish from a place of compassion, and give a punishment that is appropriate to the infraction and that is aimed at behavior modification (rather than putting you down and making you feel guilty). It’s a delicate balance learning to discipline your submissive. But it can certainly be done. Your goal as the submissive should be to strive to let your dominant lead. Trust that they know what is in your best interest. Know that you have a voice and can speak up at any time. But also learn to quietly obey and feel their command over you. I know you can do it! ❤

Alright my friends, that’s it from me for today’s post. I hope you all enjoyed it. If you did, hit that like button and let me know. Smash that follow button if you’re new around here. 🙂 And I will see you back here for the next topic!

Don’t forget to come chat with me and all of my Little and Dominant friends at: The Berry Patch Tonight we will be hosting a “Cars” Picture Game from 4:30-5 pm PST, and then watching “Cars” from 5-7 pm PST. I hope you will join us!!

I can’t wait to chat with all of you!!

Much love,

~Penny xx

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