When we were planning my dad's memorial service, our pastor asked us about our favorite memories with him.
For me, it was our family beach vacations and golfing together. There was also playing catch in the backyard and driving over hilly roads fast so that we'd go airborne in the backseat. I also remember him tossing me up and down, and sitting in the backseat of the car at night as he drove and seeing headlights reflected on the side of his head from the rear view mirror (which made him look like a masked superhero).
The best memory, however, was seeing movies together.
Our first father-son solo outing was seeing "Godzilla vs. The Smog Monster," and years later he'd get Friday afternoons off in the summer, so the entire family would head off to the movies and see some of the big blockbusters of that era such as "Jaws," "Star Wars," "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" and so on.
Sure, we spent time together on car trips or watching TV, but there was something magical about the larger than life experience in the theater, dark enough to hide outside distractions, with the smell of popcorn, the taste of candy, and the fun of experiencing a movie together and the conversation afterward.
Bu times have changed.
Back when I was growing up, there were few things that distracted kids from family time. Sure, there were records and books, but everyone gathered around the TV or board game to spend time together.
Nowadays, many kids barely interact with their parents or siblings, due to having their own computers, smart phones or tablets, tweeting and texting nearly nonstop and posting updates on Facebook, Twitter and other social media websites, and playing video games.
About the only family event that's left without many distractions is going to movies.
That's where the magic still exists to transport the entire family into different worlds, moments of adventure, bouts of laughter and so on.
However, many parents are finding those special moments interrupted or even ruined by material they weren't expecting to see or hear.
You see, since movies must now compete with all of that other media that's already pushing the edge of age appropriateness, many movies are following suit. Thus, PG related material is starting to show up in G-rated movies, PG-13 into PG ones, and R-rated content into PG-13 flicks. Yes, kids will eventually get exposed to all sorts of material in any number of ways.
But as a parent, you only have one chance to set the context for that exposure and how your child will be molded by that.
But I know what you're thinking -- You don't have the time to watch an entire movie before allowing your son or daughter to see it, and you can't trust others' opinions about what's okay or not.
What if I told you there was a way where in one minute you could look up a movie, instantly see what sort of material is in it, and quickly decide if it's okay for your kids or even yourself?
You know, a "just the facts" sort of website where any potentially objectionable content is listed not just for one or two categories, such as Sex and Profanity, but 15 distinct categories covering everything imaginable.
The site I created provides a new sort of movie rating where you're in complete control and there are no surprises.
It not only saves you time -- each of our reviews takes around 10 hours to complete -- but also the money you'd spend either pre-screening the movie or walking out if something offended you. And if your son or daughter ends up seeing a surprise movie with friends, you can quickly look it up and see exactly what they saw and heard so you can discuss that with them.
In the end, a membership to our movie reviews for parents website will allow you to have peace of mind and quality time with your kids.
And somewhere many years down the road, when they look back at their childhood, they'll have fond memories of the time they spent with you, just like I did with my dad and our movie-going experiences.
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