Rated G: Does it work for you?
As a mama that loves movies, I have been itching for quite some time to get my 4 and 6 year old sons to a movie theater with me. I envision it as a fun activity that the three of us can do together (the dark theater, the popcorn, the previews!) since my husband couldn't care less about what's on the big (or little screen). But the problem has been finding a movie that I feel completely comfortable in taking them to. I never imagined that it would be this hard. It seems like every "kid movie" out there has some sort of plot line that is over their heads, aimed at entertaining the parents in the theater.
I just wish that they would make a movie that is truly for kids. One that doesn't use potty talk as humor (really, it's enough of a problem in our house as it is), teasing, rudeness, or violence. I've been hopeful a few times in the last year when a couple of rated G movies have been released (WALL-E, Earth), but when I take a peek at Common Sense Media, other parents have commented in ways that have made me decide the movie wasn't for my kids, right now anyway.
Maybe I just need to lighten up and take on some of the rated G movies as having teachable moments. But I'm curious...how do you handle film content and your young kids? Do you take them to the theater or just say home and watch a video?