Weekly family rail, with a review of the new "Twilight" movie, surviving-the-holidays tips for single moms and more.
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“The Twilight Saga: New Moon”
Rated: PG-13 (for some violence and action)
Length: 130 minutes
Synopsis: The second installment of Stephenie Meyers’ “Twilight” series, the romance between mortal and vampire soars to a new level as Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) delves deeper into the mysteries of the supernatural world she yearns to become part of only to find herself in greater peril than ever before. After Bellas ill-fated 18th birthday party, Edwarn Cullen (Robert Pattinson) and his family abandon the town of Forks, Wash., in an effort to protect her from the dangers inherent in their world. As the heartbroken Bella sleepwalks through her senior year of high school, numb and alone, she discovers Edwards image comes to her whenever she puts herself in jeopardy. Her desire to be with him at any cost leads her to take greater and greater risks. With the help of her childhood friend Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner), Bella refurbishes an old motorbike to carry her on her adventures. Bella’s frozen heart is gradually thawed by her budding relationship with Jacob, a member of the mysterious Quileute tribe, who has a supernatural secret of his own.
Violence/scary rating: 4
Sexual-content rating: 3
Profanity rating: 3
Drugs/alcohol rating: 2
Family Time rating: 3.5. Most tweens should be able to handle this film. The main knock against it is the violence.
(Ratings are judged on a five-point scale, with 5 being “bad for kids” and 1 being “fine for kids.”)
Tip of the Week
For mothers who are raising children on their own - whether because of death, divorce, military deployment or some other circumstance - holidays present an enormous challenge. Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s festivities bring with them an array of obligations, fears of disappointing the kids, worries about money and wistful feelings of nostalgia. Lela Gilbert, author of “On Our Own: Help and Hope for Single Moms,” offers mothers these 10 tips for making the most of the holidays this year:
- Plan joy-filled outings, and make sure the kids have lots of happy events to look forward to.
- Determine a realistic budget and make sure you stick to it.
- Find new ways of gift-giving that don't involve expensive purchases.
- Send each of your children a Christmas card with a loving, personal note.
- Take time for each child - and yourself - to list the "gifts of love" you've given and received all year.
- Pray with your children, thanking God for all he's given you.
- Attend a holiday worship service together.
- Give yourself a gift of forgiveness - forgive those who have hurt you and forgive yourself.
- Remember to "put on your own oxygen mask first."
- Treat yourself - and speak to yourself with kind words this season.
“Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy,” by Jacky Davis (author) and David Soman (author and illistrator)
Ages: Baby, preschool
Synopsis: At the playground, Lulu asks her friend Sam if he wants to play with her. Sam likes Diggers, while Lulu thinks Monkeys is the best game. Sam suggests playing under the castle, but Lulu knows that the top is the most fun. They just can’t agree! And then Lulu asks, “Have you ever played Ladybug Girl?” As Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy, Lulu and Sam save the playground from hairy monsters and big mean robots, and they have their own parade on the bouncy dinosaurs. They figure out that when they work together, they can create fun games that they both like to play. Amazon.com picked this as one of the 10 best picture books of the year.
Did You Know
Looking for a good toy to give your child this Christmas? Check out “Mouse Match,” a new preschool game from Fundex. The game recently was named 2009 Best Toy of the Year by Parents Magazine. For information on the game, go to www.fundexgames.com or check out the November issue of Parents Magazine.
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