Inspirational Family Movies
No to TV
I wrote an article titled “Children and TV” in which I explain the consequences of giving children free access to television. In the article I explain the reasoning behind why I did not allow my own children free access to television when they were growing up and how I controlled what they watched. I explain the dangers that parents expose their children to by using television as a babysitter and I outline a way to use a well chosen collection of videos and DVDs to make sure that your children are absorbing the values you want them to learn rather than leaving this to chance.
In this article I would like to share with you the results of that decision made by my wife and I all those years ago and the impact it had on us and our family.
My wife and I love movies and when we were dating we would sometimes go to the matinee and after having a bite to eat we would then watch an evening movie. I remember excitedly going with my wife to the local video shop, in Ranelagh where we lived, when I received my first wage and we rented our first video player for the weekend. We eventually did save up enough money to buy our own player and many is the evening we spent curled up together watching movies all weekend.
When the children came along they joined in this pastime and to this day we all come together in our sitting room to watch a movie every Saturday and Sunday night. When the children were very young we began buying videos we knew they liked and would watch over and over. These videos were carefully chosen with the kind of messages we wanted for our children.
Over the years our collection grew and our children watched each movie so many times I cannot count the number of times. We also had a lot fun watching these movies with them and still do to this day.
Would you believe that we still watch movies like Pocahontas and The Fox and the Hound? The message in these stories are as relevant today as they were when we first bought them and I can see how my family has benefited.
Pressure to conform
As the children grew older we of course had to deal with the pressure our children experienced from their friends because they could not join in the conversations about the latest soap operas on TV but we stuck firmly to our principles and our children even thanked us later.
Sometimes our children opt for a whole family outing to the cinema as a birthday treat and that would include a pizza beforehand. This has become a tradition now.
My son wrote a hub reviewing , the movie "Inception”after we went to see it as a family and his review will give you an idea of his appreciation for a good movie.
Movies from many cultures
Along with all the Walt Disney movies, I also added movies from all over the world to our children's collection. These included movies that gave them an appreciation for Native American culture, Indian culture, and Japanese culture. Watching these movies gave them a deeper understanding and empathy for people from other cultures so when they came across these cultures in their school studies they already knew so much.
We also found that by watching movies which were subtitled my children developed great concentration and their reading skills developed as a result.
Top 12 Most Inspirational Family Movies
I am now going to list what I would consider the 12 most inspirational movies I have watched with my family.
I have also added a clip from each of the movies I have listed at the bottom of this hub.
- Grave of the Fireflies
- Phoenix (Hinotori)
- Barefoot Gen
- The Namesake
- Without Limits
- Mr. Holland's Opus
- Dead Poets Society
- Dances with Wolves
- Remember the Titans
- Geronimo - An American Legend
Grave of the Fireflies
Hinotori (The Phoenix)
Mr Holland's Opus
Dead Poet's Society
Dances with Wolves
Remember the Titans
Link to related article by spirit Whisperer
- Children and TV
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