The film expertly combines a beautifully-crafted script with some very imaginative animation to tell the story of Riley, a young girl whose parents have to relocate their family for her father’s new job in San Francisco. Told from the perspective of her various “emotions,” which are brilliantly portrayed as unique little people living inside of her head, Riley’s story is an all-too-common one this day and age with our increasingly mobile society. While the financial cost of moving an employee and his or her family in the name of a new job opportunity can certainly be high for both company and employee, many people do not take into account the emotional cost of uprooting children, in particular, from their familiar routines, surroundings and loved ones to reestablish them in a new environment with new people and routines to learn. Much of a child’s self-esteem development is dependent upon a sense of confidence, continuity, and security, all of which can be greatly disrupted in a big move. Concerns over fitting into a new neighborhood, making new friends, and doing well at a new school are overwhelming enough, but coupled with the sadness of losing old friends, routines, and activities, a child will naturally experience the transition very differently than an adult might.
Inside Out does a wonderful job of portraying how things that may seem insignificant to us now —the realization that your new room doesn’t look like you thought it would, or the disappointment when the local pizza place in your new town puts your least favorite vegetable on your pizza—can feel magnified under the giant lens of a big move. Furthermore, since one or both parents will be incurring additional time and energy stresses at a new job, the support system at home can be less dependable for a child. The film depicts Riley’s heightened Sadness, Fear, Disgust, Anger, and Joy as individual characters all debating and troubleshooting to help her navigate her new challenges as she is faced with them.
In the movie, Riley and her parents all rely primarily on their own emotions to help them navigate the relocation waters. The reality, though, is that many people can greatly benefit from external guidance and encouragement during this time as well. Essential Engagement Services understands the emotional stressors that come along with a relocation both for adults and children, and we also know that it can be easier to transition successfully with a bit of outside help to prepare those who are relocating for what they might expect and how to best navigate the challenges that come with this new crossroads in their life. At Essential Engagement Services, we offer an assortment of care packages and coaching to help both children and adults through the mental and emotional challenges of moving.
We couldn’t be happier to see a film like Inside Out take on the critical subject matter of a family’s mental and emotional transitions throughout the relocation process! After all, it’s often too easy to forget that while moving for work can be an exciting opportunity for employees and their families, there are always many more wheels in motion than initially expected. When attended to thoughtfully and thoroughly, much like Riley’s hardworking “emotional team” in Inside Out does, these wheels can move a family gracefully towards a much more streamlined, successful transition and a hopeful, new beginning.
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