6 Essential Parenting Lessons From ’80s Movies
6. It's Necessary To Shed Your Old Identity
The Movie: "Overboard"
The Storyline: Dean (Kurt Russell) has a beef with socialite Annie (Goldie Hawn) after refusing to pay him for services rendered building a crappy shoe closet on her yacht. Later, he sees her on TV pleading for a clue to her identity after falling overboard and suffering from amnesia and claims her as his wife to enslave her until she pays off her debt.
Annie soon gets a crash course in domestication with Dean's boatload of unruly boys. Against all odds, Annie and Dean fall in love when he opens a tacky, mini-golf course and they all become a happy family.
Annie's memory eventually comes roaring back and she flees the hillbilly compound, only to later reconcile later by overboard from her yacht and pledging her love to Dean.
The Parenting Lesson: You shed your old identity and turn into someone new when you become a parent and the things that used to matter so much no longer seem quite as important. While motherhood might not equate to ultimate happiness against all odds, I have learned it's an extremely rewarding experience. I'd definitely give up my yacht to be a mother…if I ever owned a yacht.