My husband and older boy went to the movie theater over the weekend to watch the new Pixar movie Up. As always happens with Pixar movies, they had a very good time, and I’m very interested to see how this movie, which features balloons prominently, will affect my son’s feelings in regard to them. Let me explain. When my son was around 2 and a half years old we were visiting my parents and my dad bought him a Dora the Explorer balloon which my son found very beautiful. He played with it at the park and when we arrived home he left it in my parent’s living room. Later that day my dad arrived home, opened the door, and a gust of wind blew the balloon right out the door. My little one ran as fast as he could to try to catch it, but it was gone. Since then, he has been terrified of losing balloons which, as you can imagine, is a big issue because there are balloons everywhere!! It was so traumatic for him that, even after 3 years, he remembers clearly that experience of losing the balloon. Now every time he gets one we HAVE to go to the car and put it inside right away. Some days are better than others, but one day we were at an outdoor birthday party and the birthday boy’s mom had to take all the balloon centerpieces and put them inside a room because my son was so upset that they might get away! Anyway, I just wanted to share this with you, it never ceases to amaze me how such seemingly small events can have such a big impact on little ones. Have any of your children experienced something similar? What have you done to help him/her?