Looking for something to do this rainy weekend?

I am always looking for fun kid (and mom) friendly movies to see. I don’t want to take the time to pre-screen every movie but don’t want my kids watching inappropriate materials either. I can’t tell you the number of toddlers and small kids I have seen in R rated movies. It ruins the movie for everyone not just because of the crying, but it is distracting and uncomfortable to watch an adult movie with kids around who should not be there. That being said every child is different so you need to know your child when choosing a movie. Some are ready for PG movies sooner than others. And remember some G movies can be pretty scary. Mine are easily scared so I am careful to choose movies I think they can handle. On the other hand, I don’t mind characters smoking (it’s a good teaching tool) or potty humor.

There are tons of good websites out there that review movies and games (look up parental movie reviews) but here are 2 of our favorites:

http://www.kids-in-mind.com/
http://www.screenit.com/

We love these sites because of the detail. They summarize the movie plot and characters. Then they tell you exactly what might be scary, gory, or frightening. It also lists what bad words are used, sexual content, smoking, weapon use or other inappropriate content.

These tools make it easy to pre-screen a movie they whole family will enjoy!