Have you seen the previews for the new Spiderman movie? The Amazing Spiderman 2 comes to theaters this May!
Usually when I share reviews of movies on my blog, I like to include themes or lessons that viewers can learn while watching such movies. I also talk about how I sit down with the girls after a movie and talk to them about these things, like friendship, teamwork, perseverance, never giving up on your dreams, being kind to others, etc. While movies are made for entertainment, most of them will include great talking points that families can use to bond with and get their children talking after viewing. This open conversation lets children of any age know that they can come to you and talk about their concerns, fears, questions, etc? Open dialog is key to making sure children feel safe and comfortable as they get old, and find themselves needing to talk.
While my girls are still too young to really have open ended conversations after movies, they still enjoy sitting down with me and talking about what they just watched. This also lets me see that they are understanding what they are watching and can give their personal opinions on things. I like how the other day we were watching an animated movie and Savannah told me afterwards that one character was bullying the good guy and how they should as it hurt the other one's feelings and isn't right. I couldn't believe I was hearing this from a 3 yr. old. She was getting what she saw on the television and knew that it was wrong. She followed up by telling me that she would never treat a person like that, as she is nice. :-)
I am finding more and more movies, both releasing in theaters as well as on DVD and Blu-ray have family discussion guides you can view online and print out. They are usually 5-10 pages and com with questions you can ask your children based on what they see in the movie. Kids can share thoughts, just like my daughter Savannah did, and even hear what you the parent thinks. :-)
And, one movie my family is looking forward to seeing and which also has a discussion guide to go with is Spider-Man 2, which arrives in theaters on May 2nd. The kind folks at Propeller, LLC sent along a 5 page .pdf discussion guide, which I printed out and shared with my 6 yr. old nephew and 8 yr. old niece. They are fans of the previous Spider-Man movies, and are counting down the days until the new release hits theaters.
About The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Electronic Family Discussion Guide--
"The discussion guide for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is a great resource for families to discuss a range of important themes that include the relationship between personal choices and destiny, living a life that counts, sacrificing yourself in service to others, and the nature of power. This guide will help parents start (or continue) conversations with their children that will inspire them to think outside themselves and challenge them to live lives that matter. The conversations that will result from using this guide will reveal that even the most explosive summer blockbuster can leave lasting, positive impacts on its young viewers."
My Thoughts on the Family Discussion Guide --
After viewing the following movie trailer, I read through the discussion guide with them.
"We've always known that Spider-Man's most important battle has been within himself: the struggle between the ordinary obligations of Peter Parker and the extraordinary responsibilities of Spider-Man. But in The Amazing Spider-Man 2™, Peter Parker finds that a greater conflict lies ahead."
Having used discussion guides in the past with my family, I was able to see how this one compares with others. I have to say that I liked how this one was set up. Each section began with a popular Bible verse, followed by a short description of a scene from the upcoming movie. Then, there are 3-4 questions that you can pose to your children, that will make them think about how they would handle certain situations in their own life.
Even though we haven't seen this movie, it was fun to run through the different sections in this faith-based discussion guide. It got the kids even more excited to see the movie. And, once we see it, I will be sitting down with the kids to go through this guide. I am curious to see if their responses will change after seeing the movie, and having time to think about the different scenarios and questions I asked of them.
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