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Have you ever watched a movie with a rating that seemed "safe" and ended up shocked? Have you seen a movie with a rating more mature than you normally prefer, and then wondered why since there wasn't anything bad in it? You aren't alone! Has Hollywood Lost It's Mind answers all these puzzling questions and is a great tool that educates and empowers parents.
Chris Hicks has been a movie reviewer for both newspaper and radio for over 30 years. He has been passionate about movies from every genre since his childhood, and now, in Has Hollywood Lost It's Mind?, he lifts the curtain of movie ratings for confused parents and viewers everywhere.
In this book, Chris explains:
What is most obvious in this book is the author’s passionate challenge to both Hollywood and parents to protect childhood by making and viewing movies wisely. One of my favorite lines in the book is when he challenges a common justification for inappropriate items in movies:
If you call them on it [gratuitous sex, violence, and language], filmmakers become defensive, justifying such content by arguing that children are exposed to it every day in one form or another-even in elementary school yards. But if you talk to teachers, or even children themselves, they will tell you that when it is brought to the school yard it has often come from a movie. (pg. 182)
One reason for the inconsistency we often see in movie ratings is that the MPAA board switches out every 2-3 years. In addition, the ratings system has evolved over time (a G in the 60’s for example had different qualifications than a G now). Finally, current movie producers often aim for a PG-13 rating–no matter the target audience. A movie can appeal a rating from an R to a PG-13, without changing any content. Often this appeal gets approved. I appreciated the myriad examples of movies both old and new to illustrate the history of the current rating system–it helped me understand it all so much better.
How This Book Made an Impact In My Life, Especially as a Mother:
I consider myself a pretty careful parent when it comes to movies, but this book has really educated me about the ratings system and made me more aware of what we watch. I have five children: three older and two younger. Often the younger kids end up watching movies that the older kids are interested in. This book has made me re-examine the movies that all of the children, but most especially the younger ones, are exposed to. Before, I thought, “Oh, it’s not that bad–especially compared to what So-and-So let’s her kids watch,” or “This is a great movie with a great message for older kids,” but now I am asking, “Is this appropriate for young children?” or “Is this designed with young children in mind?” Though subtle, this change of perspective has prompted changes in our family already.
Another part I really liked? Chris wants to empower parents like you and me. To do this, he created a list of online resources at the back of the book to help parents research a movie’s content on their own to see if it will be appropriate for their family. He also includes a list of lesser known but quality films that could facilitate many fun (and appropriate) family movie nights.
Has Hollywood Lost It's Mind has made a really big impact on how I choose what movies to watch. It educated me and empowered me. Please take time to read this book, as you decide how to make meaningful media choices for your family.
*Portions of this article were previously published at www.powerofmoms.com*
Community Question: What movie has surprised you the most with it's rating? (Good or bad.)
Wow. What a movie!
"The Man Who Knew Infinity" is one of those movies that makes you glad you watched it. You feel more inspired and more attuned to good things. It's not pure entertainment, but it is a worthwhile movie that makes you more appreciative of math, others and the world around you.
Srinivasa Ramanujan is a self taught math genius. He sees math as a visual symphony, and he is able to solve problems and see patterns that have stumped even the most advanced mathematicians for centuries. However, he is an Indian during the days of British imperialism and few people will listen to him. He is in a dead end job, he has a wife whom he loves, but cannot support, and an overbearing mother. His is a frustrating lot in life.
But then, impossibly, Professor Hardy of Trinity College learns of Ramanujan's work and asks him to come to Cambridge to work with him. What results is one of the most remarkable partnerships in mathematical history.
I have to admit, I have never enjoyed math. But I loved "The Math Who Knew Infinity" and how it inspired me and my kids to see it's beauty. It very simply teaches about math, faithfulness and racism. But it goes much farther than that. It juxtaposes faith with proof, Britians with Indians, pride with humility, passion with discipline. It is remarkable.
Watch it. You won't regret it.
Content Review: I found this movie to be quite clean. There are some violent scenes where a man is beaten, and a few swear words, but overall, this is a great family movie for older kids. The themes especially, are excellent.
*Note: as always, please check the content of this and other movies at www.commonsensemedia.org or kids-in-mind.com before you watch it to make sure you feel it is appropriate for your family.
Family Discussion Guide
-At the beginning of the movie, Hardy uses the word "romantic". What context was he using that word in?
-How did Ramanujan see math?
-Being passionate about something makes it easier to work hard at it. What are you passionate about?
-Why did Hardy press Ramanujan so hard to write proofs for his theories? Do you agree or disagree that these were necessary?
-Why did Ramanujan's mother hide her daughter-in-law's letters?
-Do you think Ramanujan's wife would have helped or hurt his work?
-How did husband and wife stay faithful to each other? Why?
-How would you have handled the racism that Ramanujan faced?
-What did the racist acts say about the people who were unkind and what did it say about Ramanujan and how he handled it?
-It is possible to see and talk and work with people without really "seeing" them?
-Does it always take proof to believe in something?
-How did this experience change Hardy? How did it change Ramanujan?
Have you heard of the wreck of the HMS Birkenhead? I hadn't. But before modern history forgot about it, this true story influenced generations of men over a century ago, giving little boys an inspiring example of the true nobility of courage and sacrifice. The men in this story were an example for the crew and passengers of the Titianic; without the Birkenhead, it is likely that the Titanic would be an even bigger tragedy than it already was. The Birkenhead's story needs to be told again, and often.
The HMS Birkenhead was a troopship carrying English troops along the coast of South Africa. It also carried some women and children, as a few of the troops' families preferred to stay together. There were approximately 643 men, women and children on board (the exact number is unknown). Shortly before 2am, the Birkenhead struck a submerged, uncharted rock near a spot then known as "Danger Point". In an effort to get dislodged, a mistake was made with the engines, and the ship accidentally rammed the rock again, flooding the lower compartments, drowning the 100 soldiers within, and sealing the ship's fate.
The surviving troops mustered on deck (meaning they fell in line to await orders). Once given directions, they went about their duties calmly and capably, due to their military training and discipline. One observer shared, "Almost everybody kept silent, indeed nothing was heard, but the kicking of the horses and the orders of (Colonel) Salmond, all given in a clear firm voice." Unfortunately many of the lifeboats were unusable, due to years of neglect of the lowering equipment. But the women and children were put in the remaining available lifeboats and sent off to reach the shore about 3 miles away.
Soon after, the ship struck the rock yet a third time, tearing the bottom wide open. The funnel fell off, and the front part of the ship sank. Colonel Salmand called out "all those who can swim jump overboard, and make for the boats". Lieutenant-Colonel Seton, however, realized that if the men rushed the lifeboats, that they would risk swamping them and endanger the women and children. He quickly drew his sword and counter ordered the men to stand fast. Even though many of these men were new recruits, young and inexperienced, only three men disobeyed.
The soldiers remained in their line and did not move as the lifeboats were quickly rowed to safety, and away from them. Then the ship broke in two.
I got chills as I read this story. Because of their care for others, and because of the discipline these men had learned in the military, they solemnly stood in line, waiting to drown. It is certain, that had they made a rush for the boats, that some of the men would have been saved. It is equally certain that at least some of the women and children would have drowned.
In another horrible twist of fate, the waters of this region were full of ravenous sharks. Once the boat split and the men were in the water, they watched each other get pulled under, get bitten and eaten by the sharks. Still, as they were swimming to shore, they did not approach the lifeboats. Many men did not make it. Those who were fully clothed were not noticed as much by the sharks, but had a harder time swimming. The chances of survival were terrible.
In the morning, a schooner arrived and found 40 men clinging to the rigging of the ship. Out of the 643 passengers, only 193 lived.
Captain Edward WC Wright would later testify,
The order and regularity that prevailed on board, from the moment the ship struck till she totally disappeared, far exceeded anything that I had thought could be effected by the best discipline; and it is the more to be wondered at, seeing that most of the soldiers were but a short time in the service. Everyone did as he was directed and there was not a murmur or cry amongst them until the ship made her final plunge – all received their orders and carried them out as if they were embarking instead of going to the bottom – I never saw any embarkation conducted with so little noise or confusion.
The heroism of the men of the Birkenhead became legendary. Frederick William IV of Prussia had the account read to all of his troops. Queen Victoria ordered a monument to be made, and the South African Mint issued a special gold coin commemorating their heroism. Paintings and poems were created and the story became part of naval lore. When the Titanic sank, only civilians were aboard. There was no military discipline, no one giving orders. But because of the Birkenhead story, everyone knew what to do. A precedent had been set.
We need this story today. We need the strong to protect the weak. We need more sacrifice and less selfishness. The men of the BIrkenhead may have died that night, but the story of their sacrifice and courage will live forever.
The Birkenhead Drill by Doug Phillips
Family Discussion Guide
-Why is discipline important?
-When something scary happens, it is important to not panic. Why, and how can we practice that?
-Do you think it should have been "every man for himself"?
-Do you agree or disagree that the strong have a duty to use their strength to protect and care for the weak?
-How does sacrifice make this world better?
-Does having courage mean not being scared? How do we practice courage?
-Do you agree or disagree that when you love someone, it is easier to sacrifice and have courage for them?
-How did the example of the men of the Birkenhead affect others (including the survivors)?
-How does your example affect others?
It is hard for teachers and parents to fit everything in. Really, just think about everything we hope for kids to learn! Quick, easy and painless (yet quality) shortcuts are a godsend. History teachers use this particular movie as a shortcut, and I'd like to share it with you today-it's one that I think every home in the United States should own. I know that's a strong statement, but it's true. (Plus, it's pretty cheap-less than most other movies you could buy.) Schools are a wonderful tool, but important things should also be reinforced at home.
A More Perfect Union: America Becomes a Nation is a fantastic way to teach U.S. History, patriotism and specifically, the creation of the Constitution. It was released in 1987 to celebrate the bicentennial of the Constitution of the United States of America, so it is kind of old school, but still really, really great. Researched and filmed by a conservative university, it details the process and events that led to the ratification of the Constitution.
History teachers love this movie because it was filmed on location, is accurate, and tells in a story format what is sometimes hard to understand. The hero of this tale is James Madison, a small and quiet man. He knew, as everyone else did, that the Articles of Confederation were not working. The country that everyone had fought so hard to free and build was falling apart-quickly! So James Madison read, researched and finally came up with a plan.
This movie explains very clearly where he got his plan from, why he believed it to be the best, and how he got it passed. (It also gave me one of my personal mantras: "The person with a plan always wins.") Slavery and the Great Compromise are clearly explained, founding fathers have personalities, and by the end of the movie, everyone who watches it will have renewed appreciation and understanding of the careful thought, prayer and care that went into helping our nation function and prosper.
Some people may think, "Big deal, the Constitution is boring. I let other people handle politics. It's all just a mess, anyway."
But here's the thing: if we don't have the vision of what our country was created to be, we risk wallowing in mediocrity. Instead of living up the greatness that was fought, argued and patiently deliberated for, we could misuse our power. If we lose a sense of the sacrifices that were made, we fall away from gratitude, and freedom and opportunity are lost.
That is why A More Perfect Union is important. It's not the most entertaining movie you could ever watch, but it is one of the most meaningful. Please watch it with your family this week.
Don't forget to enter to win this movie and other prizes below!
Family Discussion Guide
-What sacrifices were made by these men?
-If they hadn't been willing to sacrifice, what could have happened to our country?
-Do you think compromise is a good thing or a bad thing?
-What does it mean to "make the perfect the enemy of the good"? Give examples of how this happened in the movie.
-What do you think of how Congress handled the slavery issue?
-What does "the person with a plan always wins" mean? Do you agree or disagree?
-James Madison was not flashy, famous or important. He was small, sickly and quiet. But what would our country be like without him?
-What made Madison work so long and hard? What drove him? Why is research important? (You could also talk about how it is possible to work hard in a variety of ways, not just physically.)
When I saw Constitution Quest at a curriculum fair, I was immediately intrigued. (And so grateful for ambitious, creative people!) If you are a U.S. citizen like me, you probably want your kids to:
Constitution Quest does all this and more! This family board game (tweens and older is the most age appropriate fit) is a treasure trove of information and makes learning the Constitution waaay more fun than learning about it in school. So for all you tired parents and teachers, here is a great way to teach without prep and stress!
But let's be honest. How well do YOU know the Constitution? Here are a few sample questions: (Let me know how you did in the comments!)
1. How many states of the original 13 were needed to approve the Constitution?
2. (Multiple Choice)The U.S. President is elected by:
a. the electoral college, whose members are appointed by each state
b. a majority of voters on election day
c. advice and consent of the Senate, whose members are elected by each state.
3. True or False: Congress has the power to tax articles exported from one state to another.
4. A U.S. Senator must be at least _______ years old to hold office.
5. What amendment requires probable cause for a search warrant to be issued?
Answers: 9, a, False, 30, 4th
How did you do? Some of the questions in this game are easy. Some...are tricky. But I'm amazed that when I brush up on these questions, how much better I understand current events. When I hear politicians, or read/listen to political opinion pieces, I feel much more informed and can more easily catch errors and hold people accountable.
My kids take a greater interest in politics when we play this game. They already enjoy listening to presidential debates, but this game helps give them a better framework for what they hear. It is pretty hilarious to hear their comments during the debates-but it also makes me a pretty proud mom.
How to play: Constitution Quest is a pretty typical board game, where everyone chooses a character, in this case, a Founding Father. (My kids usually snatch up George Washington or Ben Franklin first. I always go for James Madison.) As you answer questions, you move around the board. A copy of the Constitution is provided, to help you find the answers. But no fear, they also give you an answer key! Questions specifically focus on the three branches of government and the Bill of Rights, with other questions sprinkled in. The questions range from fill in the blank, multiple choice, true or false or fill-in-the-blank.
I'll be honest, this game can get kind of pricey. It's around the same price as Settlers of Catan. But for my family, it's been a great investment as we learn about the Constitution in a casual, fun way. I hope you give it a try.
P.S. Don't forget to enter the giveaway! Here's how to enter.
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I have a deep love and respect for the men and women who founded the United States and set up it's system of government. I love the stories of noble sacrifice, of struggle, compromise, and of everyone bringing something to the table. I love the story of imperfect people creating something astonishing that has inspired the world.
The Constitution of the United States of America was signed Sept. 17, 1787. The men who signed it were all in. They were putting themselves, their children and their children's children at it's mercy. But everything wasn't hanging on an unknown experiment; it was based on years and years of research of the most successful and free governments throughout history. It is the story of men giving power away. You don't find that very often.
I celebrate Constitution Day every year, because more than the 4th of July (which I also love), what happened on Sept. 17 is the substance which created the country that I love. I believe that reading and understanding this document is vital to retaining the freedoms that it gives us.
Please join me as we learn, practice gratitude and pass the torch to the younger generation.
To celebrate, I am holding a massive giveaway!
This week I will be reviewing and giving away the following:
Plus, when you subscribe for weekly updates, I will send you a list of vetted resources that will help teachers and parents know how to best teach about this remarkable document. This is a great resource that you will be able to refer to year after year! You do need to subscribe to enter, but you can always unsubscribe if you like. (But then you would miss out on a lot of cool stuff!)
When you enter, make sure to scroll through all the screens on the Rafflecopter Giveaway slider (by clicking on the arrows below the title), so you can see all the prizes you are interested in. Good luck and have fun celebrating!
If you have teens, I guarantee that they will love the movie Forever Strong. If you have a kid with a bad attitude, I guarantee that YOU will love this movie! I just wish I had known about this true story earlier-I used to live near where it happened.
Forever Strong is about Rick, a star high school rugby player with a disastrous personal life. When his drunk driving puts him behind bars, he is given one last chance: play for rival team Highland and live by their rules, or go back to jail. Rick struggles with his unscrupulous friends, his unforgiving and win-at-any-cost father and finishing his court sentence. His guidance counselor is Sean Astin (one of my favorites!), whose character had been on a similar path, until he met Coach Gelwix.
Larry Gelwix is the coach of the Highland rugby team, and he is in the position to change the entire course of Rick's life. He is more than just a coach; he teaches his boys how to be men. They connect with the past, they serve the community. Character is everything. The team has a no tolerance policy for cheating, substance abuse and getting too close with girls. Gelwix believes that his job is to create men with good character off the field. And if he does that well, then the wins will automatically come when his boys are on the field. An extra bonus: his team performs the Haka before games and it is super cool!
This inspiring story is fantastic. My kids love it, and I love what the movie teaches about life. It teaches that having good character leads to being great in every other arena. The proof is in Highland Rugby's record: 415 wins / 10 losses, and 19 National Championships in 26 years. It's hard to argue with that.
Our family watches this movie all the time, and I hope you enjoy it as much as we do. (Don't be scared off by the party lifestyle in the first few minutes of the movie, hang in there-- the payoff is fantastic!) You can find Forever Strong at Amazon, Netflix and Vidangel.
P.S. Be sure to watch the special features!
P.P.S. I am fiddling with my posting schedule in an effort have a better life balance. Thanks for being patient with me as I experiment to find the best fit.
P.P.P.S (This is getting ridiculous...) Next week I will be holding a massive giveaway! Stay Tuned!
*Note: as always, please check the content of this and other movies at www.commonsensemedia.org or kids-in-mind.com before you watch it to make sure you feel it is appropriate for your family.
Family Discussion Guide
-Did Rick have good friends at the beginning of the movie?
-Why is having good friends important? How do their decisions affect you?
-What would have happened if Rick had continued on his path?
-Would you have been as accepting of Rick if you had been on Highland's team?
-Why did Rick's old friends try to sabotage him?
-Why did Coach Gelwix have all those rules?
-Why did Coach Gelwix think about quitting coaching?
-Why did Highland lose that game?
-Why was Rick's dad so angry? Why couldn't he let it go?
-Why did Quinn cheat? What could he have done instead?
-Why did Rick hold true to Highland standards?
Community Question: What is your best tip for connecting with kids who are having a hard time?
Let's talk books.
Have you ever taken your kids to the library and been disappointed with the selection? Or have your kids wanted to check out lousy books with lousy pictures that you think will probably end up making them less intelligent? Been completely overwhelmed with the sheer amount of vampire books that there are in the world, especially when your teen is trying to find something good to read? Or have you just not known what to check out?
Well my friend, here is the answer to all of your book associated prayers: Book lists. They seem to be all over the internet, so this is a no brainer, right? Wrong.
The key is quality book lists. Emphasis on quality. Because quite frankly, there is an abundance of low quality writing, complete with low moral standards. But happily, there is also an abundance of high quality writing with correspondingly high moral standards. Yay! Sadly, however, these books don't always make the internet lists. So I am sharing some of my favorite book lists here with you today.
And to make this super practical when you take your kids to the library, here are 3 tips:
1. Print out the list(s) that speak to you. (Or if you are techy, put them on your phone.)
2. Put each page in a page protector and put your lists in a small 3 ring binder.
3. Put the binder in your library bag, or keep it on a shelf where you keep your library books. Then, when you go to the library, you have your nifty list already with you! Never again will you have lackluster books!
(Bonus tip: Put your child's initial next to each book after they've read it-this way your binder can also double as a reading log for multiple children!)
1. Jenny Phillips Good and Beautiful Book List
This list is A.MAZ.ING! It is called "The Good and the Beautiful Book List" for a reason! Jenny Phillips is a parent, much like you, who was concerned about what her kids were reading. So she developed this reading list as a solution!
All of these books have been carefully selected for their high literary, educational and moral content. If you are concerned about swearing, bad behavior, etc. being celebrated more and more in literature, then this is the list for you! This 100 page document has information and reviews on 416 books that span all ages. This list does cost $5, but believe me-it's worth it!
The list is also periodically updated with even more books, and updates are only $1! This list is a no-brainer for the deliberate parent. (Note: This book list was generated with Christian families in mind, but most books are not of a religious nature.)
2. Thomas Jefferson Education
This book list is a compilation of classics. For the authors, a "classic" is any book that you can return to over and over while learning new things, or renewing appreciation for a true principle. You will find familiar classics on this list (every one you could possibly think of!) plus other classics that you will be delighted to find.
The authors have further differentiated their list by Children and Family reading, Youth, Adults and Math Classics for Kids and Math Classics for Adults! You will never need another book list again-this will keep you plenty busy and give you food for thought!
3. Newberry Award Winners
Pretty much every parent, teacher and librarian knows that you can't go wrong with these books. Their touching, thought provoking stories will help your children see different perspectives and learn something new. You will love them, guaranteed. In fact, they are so good, that they are probably on every book list ever made! (The actual list can be found here, but the American Library Association's website is harder to navigate; Amazon's is much easier.)
4. Caldecott Award Winners
This is a pretty specific group of books: these are the most distinguished children's picture books of every year. Inside, you will find beautiful and creative pictures, sure to engage even the most reluctant reader! (The actual list can be found here, but the American Library Association's website is harder to navigate; Amazon's is much easier.)
5. Read Aloud Revival
Sarah Mackenzie is a homeschool mom (are any of you seeing a trend here? LOL!), that creates her family culture around reading excellent books together. If you want a surefire crowd pleaser, be sure to check out her website. Reading aloud as a family can be a wonderful memory making, bonding time. She also has a great podcast dedicated to teaching parents how to use this tool better. Be sure to check it out!
Oh my goodness! I can't believe that I forgot my favorite one! Sonlight.com is such a fabulous resource. I know most of you probably don't homeschool, but you guys! Homeschoolers have the best lists--they have to, because of a difference in philosophy, and also since the resources each uses is so different.
Sonlight is a "living book" based curriculum. That means they use the best books to teach children-no boring textbooks allowed! Even if you don't homeschool, just go look at their website-please???
Click on Products, pick a grade and then click on "What's included". Scroll down and you will get the most remarkable book list you've ever seen! I get a package every year, and we get well known award winning books as well as books I've never heard of that we absolutely love. You can see if your local library carries any of them (and use them for free!), or look on Ebay- you can get them used for a really great price!
Community Question: What is your all-time favorite book?
What if you were driving down the road, just a block from your home and then...you woke up in the hospital one month later? You had missed Thanksgiving, and you faced a completely different life than you had planned. Terribly injured, in pain and facing months, if not years, of rehabilitation. That is what happened to Victoria Ruvolo.
Earlier that night, a group of aimless teens stole a credit card and went shopping, picking up a frozen turkey as well as other items. As they got in the car and started driving, one teen named Ryan thought it would be funny to throw the turkey into oncoming traffic. As a result, the frozen turkey hit Victoria's car at approximately 80 miles an hour.
It crushed her esophagus, necessitating a tracheotomy. Her entire face was fractured and eventually she would need to have four titanium plates installed in her face to keep her bones together, as well as a wire netting to hold her eye in place since her eye socket had been shattered.
What would you do? How would you feel?
Prosecutors recommended giving Ryan 25 years in prison. As they pressured Victoria to agree to these charges, she found herself wanting to know more about Ryan. As she did so, she saw him as a person-not a monster. He was a struggling kid who did some really dumb things, not thinking about the consequences. She found out about his home life, things he struggled with, and much, much more.
She decided that since God had given her a second chance at life, then she should give Ryan a second chance, too. She was his advocate as she pushed for giving the minimum sentence of 6 months in prison and 5 years of parole. For his own good, she also asked for community service and counseling.
After the hearing, when the judge gave Ryan the lesser sentence, noting that it was Victoria who had asked for them, Ryan headed straight toward her. Everyone held their breath.
Ryan broke down and cried. He apologized, he thanked, and he cried some more. Victoria reached out and gave him a long hug. "It's OK. It's OK. Do good with your life."
To learn more about Victoria, and to gain her help with forgiveness in your own life, you can go to her personal website here. She also co-wrote a book not just about the WHY of forgiving, but more importantly, the HOW. You can get it at Amazon here.
Here are a few videos featuring Victoria's choice:
Family Discussion Guide
-What is the difference between justice and mercy?
-What would be justice for Ryan?
-How did mercy help him?
-Why did learning more about Ryan help Victoria to forgive?
-Why was Victoria helping herself when she chose to forgive?
-Project: Draw a chart or have a discussion, showing the ripple effect that night had on the lives of everyone involved: the person who owned the credit card, the other teens involved, the friend in the car with Victoria, Victoria's friends and family, Ryan's friends and family, the paramedics, etc.
Do you have a hero that you want to nominate?
Hi, I'm Jen! I adore chocolate, I'd rather read than clean my house, and I haven't seen my abs in I-don't-know-how-long. But I love my husband and kids to death and try to Raise The Good within myself and my family by making wise and uplifting media choices and having a deliberate family culture. You are probably doing the same thing. Let's share what works with each other!
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