Weekly family rail, with tips for holding a family video game night, a review of "Super 8" and more.
Tip of the Week
From soccer practice to dance lessons, busy family schedules often make it difficult for parents and children to spend quality time together. Yet an electronic that was once seen as a barrier to family time is now bringing people of all ages together: the video game console.
"Many parents of teens and tweens grew up playing video games themselves, so the trend of family gaming is one we expect to grow with each generation," says Erica Danielski of Imation Corp.
To ensure your family's video game night is a success, consider these tips:
- Find a way for everyone to play. In anticipation of family game night, purchase four-player games that are rated E (Everyone) by the Entertainment Software Rating Board (meaning the content is suitable for ages 6 and older). Racing games are great for families - they enable you to incorporate accessories that enhance and add comfort to the gaming experience.
- Create family game night when you're on the go. If the family is on vacation or simply too busy to sit down for family game night - why not host game night on the go? Many of today's hand-held gaming consoles are interactive, allowing multiple players in the same room to game together.
- Keep the controllers charged for the next game night (while keeping the living room tidy). There is nothing worse than sitting down to family game night only to find your controller batteries have died. Make sure you power up ahead of time.
Family Screening Room
Rated: PG-13 (for intense sequences of sci-fi action and violence, language and some drug use)
Length: 112 minutes
Synopsis: In the summer of 1979, a group of friends in a small Ohio town witness a catastrophic train crash while making a super 8 movie and soon suspect that it was not an accident. Shortly after, unusual disappearances and inexplicable events begin to take place in town, and the local deputy tries to uncover the truth - something more terrifying than any of them could have imagined. – Paramount Pictures
Violence/scary rating: 4
Sexual-content rating: 2
Profanity rating: 3
Drugs/alcohol rating: 3
Family Time rating: 3. Not a great family film, but it should be OK for most teens.
(Ratings are judged on a five-point scale, with 5 being “bad for kids” and 1 being “fine for kids.”)
“Mr. Popper's Penguins” by Richard Atwater and Florence Atwater.
Synopsis: Read the book before you see the movie! In this classic story, the unexpected delivery of a large crate containing an Antarctic penguin changes the life and fortunes of Mr. Popper, a house painter obsessed by dreams of the Polar regions. - Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Did You Know
According to a study done by the University of Virginia School of Medicine in Charlottesville, babies of mothers who breastfeed (no formula at all) are less likely to die of SIDS.
GateHouse News Service