Family Time: This ‘Bunny’ isn’t cute and cuddly

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

Family Screening Room

“The House Bunny”

Rated: PG-13 (for sex-related humor, partial nudity and brief strong language)

Length: 98 minutes

Synopsis: When Shelly, a Playboy bunny, is tossed out of the mansion, she has nowhere to go until she falls in with the sorority girls from Zeta Tau Zeta. The members of the sorority -- who also are the seven most socially clueless women on the planet -- are about to lose their house. They need a dose of what only the eternally bubbly Shelley can provide. They will each learn on their own to stop pretending to be what others want them to be and start being themselves.

Violence/gore rating: 3

Sexual-content rating: 4

Profanity rating: 4

Scary/tense-moments rating: 2

Drugs/alcohol rating: 4.5

Family Time rating: 4. “House Bunny” was tamer than we had expected, but it’s still not something you’d want your youngsters watching.

(Ratings are judged on a five-point scale, with 5 being “bad for kids” and 1 being “fine for kids.”)

Tip of the Week: Teaching good social skills

According to a nationwide survey conducted of 1,000 parents by Mom Central Inc. on behalf of Hasbro Inc., 90 percent of respondents consider social skills to be vital to their children's happiness and confidence. Some tips to help improve your child’s social skills:

- Lead by example. Children are excellent observers. If they see Mom and Dad using polite language, sharing and being respectful, they will follow their parents' guidance.

- Play with them in an educational way. Children love to play games with their parents because it provides them with direct attention. Educational games accomplish several beneficial things at once.

- Take a problem-solving approach. If a situation becomes stressful, encourage your child to talk about the issues they might have. By allowing children to talk, they often discover for themselves what's causing the problem while also coming up with unique ways in which they will be able to handle themselves. (ARA)

Kids Kitchen: Chocolate Earth Balls

1 cup organic peanut butter

1/3 cup honey

2 teaspoons carob powder or unsweetened organic cocoa powder

1/2 cup organic raisins

3/4 cup unsweetened shredded organic coconut, divided

1/2 cup organic chocolate chips

1/4 cup organic sesame seeds

1/4 cup finely chopped organic nuts (walnuts, pecans, etc.)

Before measuring the peanut butter, stir it up well. Mix the peanut butter, honey and carob or cocoa powder until well combined. Stir in the raisins and only 1/8 cup of the coconut. Stir in the chocolate chips. Refrigerate for 1 to 2 hours. Place the remaining coconut, sesame seeds and nuts into 3 bowls. Using a spoon, scoop small heaps of the peanut mixture from the bowl; roll into 1 1/4-inch balls. Rolling is easier if you form a rough ball, roll in the coconut, and then continue rolling into a more perfect shape. Roll each finished ball in more coconut, sesame seeds and chopped nuts. Arrange the balls on a plate, cover loosely with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. (

Book Report

“Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus (Junie B. Jones, No. 1),” by Barbara Park

Pages: 80

Ages: 9 to 12

Remember when it was scary to go to school? Meet Junie B. Jones, kindergartner. She's so scared of the school bus and the meanies on it that when it's time to go home, she doesn't. The story is told from Junie B.’s perspective, and “Smelly Bus” is a real hoot,” according to the School Library Journal.

Play Inside: “Clue”

Ages: 9 and older

Hasbro's classic “Clue” murder-mystery game gets a modern-day makeover: An extravagant celebrity-style mansion becomes the scene for the night in question when the rich owner of the property is killed. While the usual suspects remain the same, new rooms and new deadly weapons provide twists to the classic game. Additionally, the introduction of game changing elements such as Clock cards and Intrigue cards quickens the pace of the game and keeps players on the edge of their seats until time runs out and more than one person is found dead in the mansion.

Pet Tip: Choosing pet health insurance

With more and more pet health insurance plans hitting the market, how do you know which one to choose? Here are some factors to consider:

- Insure young. Many pet health insurance plans do not cover pre-existing conditions, so it is best to insure your pet when it is a puppy or kitten.

- What kind of coverage does the plan offer?

- Do I have to pay a deductible?

- Are certain conditions excluded?

- Can I use my own veterinarian? (ARA)

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