Family Time: Miley Cyrus stars in another family-friendly story

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

Family Screening Room

“The Last Song”

Rated: PG (for sensuality, thematic material, some violence and mild language)

Length: 1:47

Synopsis: Based on best-selling novelist Nicholas Sparks’ (“A Walk to Remember,” “The Notebook”) latest novel, “The Last Song” is set in a small Southern beach town where an estranged father (Greg Kinnear) gets a chance to spend the summer with his estranged daughter (Miley Cyrus), who’d rather be home in New York. He tries to reconnect with her through the only thing they have in common – music – in a story of family, friendship, secrets and salvation, along with first loves and second chances.

Violence/scary rating: 2

Sexual-content rating: 2.5

Profanity rating: 2

Drugs/alcohol rating: 2.5

Family Time rating: 2.5. This isn’t a bad family film, but according to critics, it’s a bad film in general. But Miley Cyrus fans should still be pleased with the movie.

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

Tip of the Week

Whether your family member with special needs is a child or an adult, combining personal, caregiving and everyday needs can be challenging. Below are some caregiving tips from

- Take the time to learn about your family member’s condition and special-need requirements from a variety of reliable sources, including health care providers and other health professionals that work with families with special needs.

- Know the needs of you and your family, and work together to make good choices about housing, insurance, schools, health services, care and more. If you have employee benefits and insurance policies, determine what is covered for your unique circumstances. If you don’t have them, determine what local, state, and other benefits are available.

- Notice how others care for the person with special needs. Be aware of signs of mental or physical abuse.

- Family members and friends can provide support in a variety of ways and oftentimes want to help. Determine if there are big or small things they can do to assist you and your family.

- Join a local or online support group. A support group can give you the chance to share information and connect with people who are going through similar experiences. A support group may help combat the isolation and fear you may experience as a caregiver.

- Don’t limit your involvement to support groups and associations that focus on a particular need or disability. There are also local and national groups that provide services, recreation, and information for families with special needs.

- Find out what services are available in your area through government agencies, public and private community organizations, and schools.

Book Report

“The Batboy,” by Mike Lupica

Ages: 9-12

Pages: 276

Synopsis: It is every baseball kid’s dream summer job: batboy for your hometown major league team. Yet for 14-year-old Brian, the job means more than just the chance to hang around his idols. Baseball was the job his father loved so much, in the end he couldn’t leave it. Yet he could leave his family. Now Brian sees the job as the way to win back his father. There is no winning back some people, though. Just ask Hank Bishop — once the most popular player in baseball before he was banned for using steroids. Now he is making his comeback. And an unlikely friendship slowly develops between this man in need of a family and this boy in need of a father.

Did You Know

According to a recent study in Pediatrics, breast feeding is so important at staving off problems in children that it could save the lives of 900 babies per year if every mom breast fed.

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