Movie Recommendations for Children

by Erin Schreiner

Many modern moms delight in taking a temporary break from their children and allowing them to watch a movie. There are a number of factors that you should consider when selecting a movie for your child. As you seek recommendations for sure-to-please movies, some factors will impact the appropriateness of your choices.

Considerations

When deciding what movie would entertain your child, take a number of factors into consideration. First, consider your child's age. While age is not everything, it is your first consideration. Also take into account your child's experiences. If your child, for example, has recently experienced the loss of a loved one, a movie depicting death, such as the Disney classic, "Bambi" may not be the best choice. To ensure that the film you select captures and keeps your child's attention, consider his interests. If your child, for example, enjoys his weekly karate classes, he may be more interested in a movie with lots of karate action, such as "Kung Fu Panda."

Unsuitable Movies

Before making up your mind not to allow your child to view a certain film, think about the reason behind your refusal. This is particularly important if your child is older and capable of asking you why he can't see a film that all his friends are viewing. By explaining to these children why they can't watch the movie in question, you can make it clearer that you are only looking out for their interests.

Ratings

The Motion Picture Association of American (MPAA) has a rating system that parents can use when determining a movie's appropriateness. These ratings make it easier for a parent to determine whether a current movie is appropriate for their youngster. Although these ratings can be a useful first step in determining film appropriateness, many argue that they should not be the deciding factor. If you are particularly picky about what you want your child to see, preview all the films that you are considering showing to your child before you allow him to view the film in question.

Seasonal Selections

Showing your child a seasonal film is a way not only to entertain her, but also to get her in the mood for upcoming holidays. As Christmas approaches, consider sitting your kids down in front of classics like "Home Alone," "Christmas Vacation" or "A Christmas Story." Similarly, at Halloween, offer your children spooky fun by showing them films like "Hocus Pocus," or even "It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown."

Movies with a Message

Movies can also be a way to teach your child. By sitting your child down in front of a movie instead of preaching ideas at him, you can make his learning more enjoyable. If there is a principle you would like you child to learn about, such as the importance of family, show him a movie that demonstrates this principle, such as "An American Tale."

About the Author

Erin Schreiner is a freelance writer and teacher who holds a bachelor's degree from Bowling Green State University. She has been actively freelancing since 2008. Schreiner previously worked for a London-based freelance firm. Her work appears on eHow, Trails.com and RedEnvelope. She currently teaches writing to middle school students in Ohio and works on her writing craft regularly.

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