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5 important life lessons you can only learn from The Addams Family.

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When it comes to famous families in pop culture, it doesn’t get any more iconic than The Addams Family.

The fictional family has been on our screens in one way or another since the ’60s, and in those decades their wit, allure and spooky household habits have never waned, enthralling generation after generation.

And while they’ve always been known for their entertaining adventures, this family of celebrated misfits is about more than just ghouls and jump scares.

With the new The Addams Family film hitting our screens in December, it’s time to talk about the important life lessons both adults and children can only learn from them.

Let your children be whoever they want to be (even if it’s sightly diabolical).

Don’t let their haunting demeanour fool you, Gomez and Morticia Addams are very kind and empowering parents to their son Pugsly and their daughter Wednesday. They encourage their creative sides, empower them to be who they are and are very supportive of their chosen hobbies, even when they skew slightly to the dark side.

It’s a good life lesson from Gomez and Morticia that one of the kindest things you can do for your child is to let them be who they are because even if the world looks at them oddly, they’ll learn how to walk through it.

Always treat your partner like your best friend (matching tombstones are a must).

Yes, they are kooky, mysterious and spooky… but they are also madly in love.

Back when The Addams Family first debuted, they were created as characters who existed to cleverly subvert expectations of what a typical ‘nuclear family’ could really look like.

This is why Gomez and Morticia are seen as a couple who put an immense amount of work into keeping their love alive – they genuinely enjoy each other’s company and are a true, if somewhat unconventional, love story.

In the new The Addams Family movie we’ll even get a sneak peek of their wedding day and more insight into what they went through to keep their relationship together. It’s enough to warm even the coldest dead heart.

Take a look at the wickedly funny trailer for new The Addams Family movie.

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Be a good neighbour always (even when they refer to you as ‘monsters’ and it’s not a term of endearment).

Both in past iterations of The Addams Family and in the new movie, Morticia, Gomez and their tribe are referred to as ‘monsters’ by their neighbours and the people in their town.

Despite this and many other moments of name-calling and isolation throughout their history, the family never retaliate (even though they have the services of quite a few real monsters at their fingertips and easily could).

Don’t be afraid to show the world who you are by how you dress (even if you’re constantly rocking funeral chic). 

Let’s take a moment to talk about the Addams family fashion.

The new Addams family movie depicts how our favourite spooky crew assimilates more into their strait-laced and rigid community. Even though in the new film Wednesday begins to experiment a little bit with her style and moves away from the way her family dressed her as a child, the family continues to stand out with their Gothic fashion looks.

It’s a reminder that being true to yourself and comfortable with who you are can manifest in many different ways.

When it comes to famous families in pop culture, it doesn't get any more iconic than The Addams Family. Pictured here in the '90s version of the franchise. Source: Orion Pictures.

Family comes first (even in death do you not part).

Not only do the Addams family have each other's backs at all times, this sense of loyalty and respect reaches to their (quite large) extended family as well.

From Uncle Fester to Grandmama and Cousin It, the door to the Addams family home is always open to anyone who needs it, and surely that's the one value we always need to hold close.

The Addams Family  creeps into cinemas across Australia on December 5 2019 - don't miss out.

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Get ready to snap your fingers! The Addams Family is back on the big screen in the first animated comedy about this creepy and kooky clan. You may think your family is weird but the outlandish, bizarre, and completely iconic Addams Family, will have you thinking again. In Cinemas December 5.

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