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Helen Flanagan has told her fans that she has had a “bit of a mum fail” after letting her five year old daughter Matilda watch a film that she realised was too scary for her.
Helen, 30, who is currently pregnant with her third child with fiancé Scott Sinclair, 31, took to Instagram stories to ask advice from other parents after Matilda was left scared by the Roald Dahl film, The Witches.
She explained that her daughter now asks her if witches are real and although she reassures her, Matilda doesn’t believe her and is “terrified” of the High Witch character in the film.
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Helen explained: “I think I’ve done a bit of a mum fail. So around Halloween, I let Matilda watch The Witches. The original witches. We watched the new Witches, but we watched the original Witches first and I totally forgot that it was actually quite scary.
“I just thought it’s a Roald Dahl film, it’s a children’s film, like she’ll absolutely love it. Like I remember I used to love it when I was younger. I totally forgot how scary the High Witch was.
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“Anyway, she’s literally not been the same since she’s watched this film and I feel so bad, it’s so my fault. I should have thought ‘Oh no, this is too scary for her.’ But I think it’s because we’ve watched the Harry Potter Films.”
The star went on the explain: “I’m the biggest Harry Potter fan, so like Harry Potter is constantly on in our house all the time. So I thought she never gets scared of that, I’m sure it will be film and it’s a children film.
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“But no, she’s absolutely terrified of the High Witch, she can’t stop talking about if witches are real. She keeps getting really scared all the time which I really really don’t like because Matilda is such a brave girl. She’s the kind of girl that if she falls over she gets straight up, she doesn’t make a fuss.”
Helen went on to ask her fans for tips of how to reassure her daughter.
She said: “Has anybody got any tips? Like I don’t actually know, like should I re watch it with her? And show her, ‘these are all actors’ and ‘you know it’s not real darling.’ Is there anything I should do? I think obviously I’ve really freaked her out with this film and I feel really bad about it but obviously I thought because it’s a children’s film it will be fine.”
The star explained that she’d watched the new version of the film, starring Anne Hathaway as the High Witch, and Matilda didn’t find it scary.
She explained: “The new one isn’t as scary. The first thing is really good but I do think it is actually quite scary for children, it is quite dark.”
The star confessed she used to be scared of the witch in Snow White when she was little, adding: “I used to have nightmares about her.”
Now, she said she’s tried to reassure her daughter, adding: "I do feel bad. I shouldn’t have let Matilda watch that but you live and learn. I keep telling her witches aren’t real but she doesn’t believe me.”
Helen is expecting her third child with footballer fiancé Scott. Last week, she told fans she is sure she is expecting another baby girl after sharing an update following her 20 week scan.
Helen, who lives with her family in Glasgow, has been keeping her fans updated as her pregnancy progresses. She recently told fans that she hasn’t enjoyed this pregnancy as much as she has before.
She said, "This time round I just don't feel like I'm enjoying it the same. Maybe because it's my third and I just feel super tired and I know it's going to be full on.”
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