Parenting in this age is not a walk in the park. Aside from outside influences, parents also have to watch the media influences inside their houses. The internet and the TV can also influence your children when you leave them unattended with these gadgets for numerous hours.
It would be best to monitor what the kids are watching or playing. In our home, we chose not to avail of cable subscription since we don’t really watch TV much and I believe this will give us more control on what we watch as a family. For the kids, we try to buy them videos of quality cartoons, educational shows or good family movies.
Here are some of the cartoon series that my kids love to watch:
Handy Manny. We love how Handy Manny teaches good values while keeping the kids entertained by his wacky tools from his tool box and tool bags.
Flying House. The timeless stories of the New Testament is an all time favorite. We often discuss biblical teachings and wrapping up with an animated movie is one of my kids’ favorite activities.
Magic School Bus. Both my children love Science and Magic School Bus shows how things work and they just love this show. No matter how many times they watch an episode, it is just like they are watching it for the first time.
From time to time, I like to watch some DVD movies with my kids. I was given the opportunity to watch The Genesis Code. I didn’t have any idea what sort of movie this was so I was pretty excited to watch it! When the DVD finally arrived, our DVD player got broken and my laptop got broken too. So to make the long story short, after almost 4 weeks of receiving the DVD, I finally got to watch the DVD as soon as my laptop got fixed.
Here is a brief synopsis of the movie, The Genesis Code:
Kerry Wells (Kelsey Sanders), a college journalist and committed Christian with an effervescent personality, has been assigned to do a story on Blake Truman (Logan Bartholomew) the college’s newest and very popular hockey superstar. As a relationship between them begins to develop Kerry finds that Blake, who hides behind a tough and independent façade, is actually struggling through a difficult personal crisis and that he bears the cross of a secret he has kept hidden for years. Blake rebuffs Kerry’s suggestion that prayer might help ease his burden; he is convinced that modern science completely disproves the Bible, especially the opening verses of Genesis. Kerry — who is herself suddenly confronted with a challenge to her faith on another front — sets out to prove that science and Genesis are not in conflict and her quest leads to a startling revelation. Could it be that what science teaches us about creation and the Story as told in Genesis are both true!
The story started very slow for me. The story started with 2 college students and showed how their world collided. It was a typical young adult movie. I was actually wondering when the story would pick up, but when I began to see how the characters were struggling in their own challenges, my interest to the movie was finally drawn.
I personally didn’t like the acting of the lead actress because I felt it lacked emotions but that didn’t stop me from liking the other actors in the story. I personally liked the scene where they were explaining the genesis code and how the lead actor connected with his mom after she woke up from coma.
The best audience for this movie would be high school students and above. Anyone who is not convinced of the Bible’s explanation of the creation or is actually caught in the middle of science and the Bible should watch this film. The movie was able to explain the connection between the two. Some scenes from the movie can actually be used for apologetics class too.
Aside from that, one can actually learn other life lesson’s from the movie. If you believe in the absolute reality of Jesus Christ, you might really encounter people who might mock you or make life harder for you. One should be ready to face and stand for whatever your decision may bring. Another lesson is that we must not waste the time we spend with our loved ones. They might be here now but be gone tomorrow. We must let them know how we truly feel and make amends before it is too late.
I would recommend this movie to my readers who would want to know what science and the Bible actually teaches about creation. You might be in for a surprise to realize how the two actually work together!
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While checking out jewelry online, my attention was caught when I heard Mufasa’s voice from our television saying “Remember” to Simba. Now, if you have kids like me, I am sure you know who Mufasa and Simba are. They are the main characters from The Lion King. The Lion King is a Disney movie which came out in 1994. I have loved it when I first saw in the movie theaters and now, almost 20 years later, I am still watching it, this time with my kids.
After watching the movie, my kids and I talked about what happened in the movie and what we learned. I realized that there are many life lessons we can learn from this movie.
Face challenges. When challenges come, how do you face them? Do you turn your back on the world or face your responsibilities?
Remember your identity. Stand for what you believe in, no matter what the circumstances and people around you tell you otherwise.
Change is good. But it is never easy.
The past failures may hurt – but you always have a choice, either to learn from it or run from it.
Truly, this movie is one of the Disney movies that I recommend you watch with your little ones.
Friday nights are designated movie nights at our home. The kids and I watch a new movie or an old movie together using our vlc 2.0 player. Since we all love watching movies, we all look forward to this time of bonding during weekends. One of the movies we watched recently again was Finding Nemo.
It is actually one of my favorite movies because aside from its entertainment factor, the movie does have many lessons which we can all learn from. Here are some of the lessons:
1. Don’t disobey your parents. Parent’s warnings are there to protect us and not to harm or rob us of fun.
2. As parents, we must not be over protective because this will exasperate the children.
3. Don’t give up. Be persevering and diligent in all that you do.
4. Don’t worry about the future, we have to live our life in faith.
5. When troubles come, just keep swimming! There will be challenges, but we must not give up to these challenges. Stay positive, do our best and keep on keeping on!
Interestingly, these lessons are parallel to what the Bible instructs us. I love it that the kids and I were able to discuss these life lessons through a great Disney movie like Finding Nemo.