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Friday Night Movies

Friday, June 12th, 2009

This Week's Trailer Goody:

The trailer for the Twilight sequel, New Moon, exploded on the Internet this past weekend, much to the *squeeing* delight of moms tween girls everywhere. In case you're one of the two people who didn't see it yet, you're welcome:

It's no secret I wasn't a fan of the first film, but I have to admit that this one looks pretty decent. What do you think?

WpThis Week's DVD Goodies:

Bob the Builder: Truck Teamwork

Care Bears: Tell-Tale Tummies

Danny Phantom: Season 3

Making Fiends: Season 1

Nickelodeon: Celebrate Family!

Shaun the Sheep: Sheep on the Loose

It This Week's Big-Screen Goody:

Imagine That (rated PG)


British Import of the Week:

Mistresses: Vol. 1

The Put-Your-Kids-to-Bed-First Pick of the Week:

Gran Torino 

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Your Kids and Media Questions, Answered

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

Michaelrich[1] If you've ever wondered at what age it's a good idea to get your child a cell phone, how to deal with inappropriate TV commercials, or how much video game playing is just too much, you might want to check in with Parents advisor and peditrician Michael Rich, M.D., a.k.a. "The MediatricianSM." Dr. Rich, a former Hollywood filmmaker who's now Director of the Center on Media and Child Health at Children's Hospital, Boston, is planning to answer all of your questions related to new media on his new website So go ahead and get out your concerns! As Dr. Rich says, "We recognize that kids love media and there are positive as well as negative effects on them." It's a matter of figuring how much and what sorts are appropriate, and that's where most parents need help.

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Spankin’ New Headlines

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

News Image NEW Want to watch me give birth? Why some moms post videos of their delivery on YouTube. New York Times

It’s surprisingly common for new dads to feel blasé about their babies. ABC News

The World Health Organization has raised the swine flu alert level to pandemic. CNN

Keeping the tradition alive: Why so many home-schooled parents choose the same education for their own children. The Philadelphia Inquirer

Missouri family shocked to find their Christmas card photo featured in a Czech advertisement. Yahoo! News

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Friday Night Movies

Friday, June 5th, 2009

Lol This Week's Big-Screen Goody:

Old TV shows are getting the red-carpet treatment this summer–big time! Land of the Lost (rated PG-13) is the first one out of the gate. This past weekend I watched a Sci-Fi-channel marathon of episodes from the original late '70s series, and wow! It's way more cheesy than I remember. Funnyman Will Ferrell has A LOT of campy goodness to play off of in the feature film.Two hit cartoons from the '80s will also be dropping in the next couple months: Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and then G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra


Elmo This Week's DVD Goodies:

Elmo & Abby's Birthday Fun

The Fairly Odd Parents: Season 1

The Fairly Odd Parents: Season 2

The Jetsons: Season 2, Vol. 1 

Rugrats: Season 1

Rugrats: Season 2

Storybook Classics: Black Beauty 


The Put-Your-Kids-to-Bed-First Pick of the Week:

Revolutionary Road 

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Friday Night Movies

Friday, May 29th, 2009

This Week's Big-Screen Goody:

I'm just going to come out and say it: Expect to see Disney/Pixar's newest family film, Up! (rated PG), nominated for "Best Animated Feature" at the Oscars. The movie follows an unlikely pair–a grumpy 78-year-old and his super-eager neighbor kid (a Wilderness Explorer scout)–on their sky-high adventure. It has something for everyone, but if your child is easily frightened, you might want to skip the 3-D version. Here's a clip to whet your appetite: 


Dora This Week's DVD Goodies:

Digimon Data Squad Collection One

Dora the Explorer: Super Babies' Dream Adventure

Saturday Morning Cartoons: 1960s Vol. 1

We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story 


The Put-Your-Kids-to-Bed-First Pick of the Week (Blu-Ray Edition):


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Spankin’ New Headlines

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

News Image NEW Whooping cough makes a comeback as parents skip vaccines. USA Today

As Sesame Street turns 40, a look back at the show that changed the face of children’s programming. Newsweek

If you’re pregnant and obese, you should only be gaining between 11 and 20 pounds, according to updated guidelines from the Institute of Medicine. ABC News

Mike Tyson's tragic loss highlights the need for parents to watch out for these hidden dangers in their homes. CNN

You probably know your baby’s Apgar store, but do you know anything about the doctor behind it?  Wall Street Journal

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Friday Night Movies

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

Museum2 This Week's Big-Screen Goody:

The first real family film of the summer, Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (rated PG), opens today, and we were lucky enough to talk to the star of this fun sequel, Ben Stiller. Here's what the actor/director/father of two had to say about the live-action movie:

Why should parents take their kids to see Night at the Museum 2?

"The first one had such a crazy ensemble cast of characters that when the idea for the second came up—to go to the Smithsonian—I felt we could do some new things and make it even funnier. And I can say we did that."

To read the full interview, check out the June issue of Parents, on newsstands now.


This Week's DVD Goodies:

Bob The Builder: Family Fun Pack

Clifford: Family Fun Pack

Dragon Ball Z: Season Nine

Doodlebops: Family Fun Pack

Fairytales Magic and More Scholastic Treasury of 25

Fireman Sam: Hero Next Door 

The Hans Christian Andersen Collection 

How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight?… and More Classic Dinosaur Tales 

I Stink DVD!…and More Stories on Wheels

Miss Spider: Family Fun Pack

Pete's a Pizza…and More Great Kids Stories! Bug


Rapunzel…and More Classic Fairytales

Sister, Sister: The Second Season 

Strega Nona…and More Magical Stories

Thomas & Friends: Fun Pack

Thomas & Friends: Team Up With Thomas

Viva Pinata: Lights, Camera, Action


FanNow on Blu-Ray:

A Bug's Life

Kourtney's New Cult Classic:


The Put-Your-Kids-to-Bed-First Pick of the Week:

True Blood: The Complete First Season


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Insurance Coverage for Autism

Friday, May 15th, 2009

The financial burden of autism treatment can be staggering for families, and yet most health insurance doesn’t cover it. Today the Autism Acceleration Treatment Act was introduced in the House of Representatives, and a similar version was introduced in the Senate last month. The federal legislation, which calls for increased funding for scientific research, treatment, and services, also requires insurance companies to provide coverage for the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders, including coverage of applied behavior analysis therapy (ABA). While ten states have already enacted autism insurance reform legislation, most state insurers are still allowed to exclude coverage for these critical services, which can cost $50,000 a year. Go to Autism Speaks to let your congresspeople know you support this important legislation.

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