Family Movie Night
Have you found yourself watching much more television and movies with your children lately? In the past few weeks, we have been streaming lots of shows and movies together, so much so that it has become a routine to snuggle up and enjoy some screen time together with our focus on the same thing. It can be difficult to find something everyone can enjoy without inappropriate words or content. But, that doesn’t mean it is impossible. Let me help you plan your next family movie night. Before we begin, take a moment to pin this post to your parenting board.
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Tips for a Successful Family Movie Night
Creating a fun, memorable family movie nights are great in theory, but sometimes between finding a suitable movie, getting everyone together, and avoiding any bickering can be a challenge. That is why I am offering some of our go-to tips for enjoying a family movie night!
Family Movie Night Snacks
Everyone can’t help but gather around when snacks are involved. One option is to come up with a themed snack for your movie choice, or you can go with a classic bowl of buttery popcorn. There are also many ways to get everyone together enjoying tasty treats while watching a movie together. Take a moment to get the kids involved in creating the perfect movie night snack or choose something simple.
Comfort is key
Depending on where you enjoy movies, we like to gather in the big bed or get cozy on the couch, creating a comforting environment is key to a magical family movie night. Making sure the whole family is comfy is important, so if you need to have separated seating available pull out those bean bag chairs, or blow up the air mattress in front of the television. Throw some blankets and pillows on the couch or mattress or even on the floor to help everyone get comfy. If you have a big backyard you can even do this outside in a tent with a laptop or even a projector screen. Getting creative always makes some amazing memories. Another way to ensure comfort and best viewing experience is to eliminate light, that means turn down the lights, and avoid the use of electronic devices,
No phone zone
Family movie night is an important time to spend together. That means that it needs your attention, you need to shut down all the other distractions that try to take your attention away. That means laptops and cell phones are put out so sight, yes lock them away in another room as the next couple of hours are reserved for family. All members choosing to make family movie night a priority by sacrificing a couple hours from their phone or work.
Choosy Moms Choose Good Films
When deciding what film to watch with your family, it is always a good idea to look into it. Read reviews, keep everyone’s interests in mind. Make sure you are choosing films that are appropriate for your children to watch, there are so many films that look like great choices, and then 10 minutes in your all uncomfortable because of the content, whether it is sexual, displays bullying, even self-harm, and depression. It can be difficult in this day and age to find wholesome films that even teens can enjoy. It is almost impossible to find a film that shows homeschooling in a positive light, not to mention a strong female lead, that isn’t overly sexualized, that show competent parents and relatable scenarios that is why I have to share a film we watched recently called Mount Hideaway Mysteries: Exes and Oh No’s.
Mount Hideaway Mysteries:Exes and Oh No’s
Mount Hideaway Mysteries: Exes and Oh No’s is a fun film especially for us homeschoolers, not only does this movie promote homeschooling in a positive light it also normalizes the idea of homeschooling which is just not common in the media. This is something that not only I enjoyed seeing on film but something my kids thoroughly enjoyed.
Mount Hideaway Mysteries: Exes and Oh No’s was written and directed by Brett Monk, a homeschool dad. Many of the actors, producers, cast, and crew are also homeschool graduates. The main characters in the film are also homeschooled and dispelled many homeschooling stereotypes throughout the film.
The film’s lead is female, and not the center of attention because of her body but the center of attention because of her brain, kindness, and compassion. She is the kind of protagonist a young girl should look up to. While this family-friendly film was clean it was still interesting, Keeping us on our toes while we tried to solve the murder mystery along with the cast.
My favorite part of the film was when Jamie was explaining homeschool co-ops to his girlfriend’s family, and the mother asked if that was even legal. It made us laugh because we have come in contact with those kinds of misinformed people.
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The DVD includes the feature film plus the following additional video features:
- The Movie Trailer
- Special Effects Breakdown and Explanation
- Cast and Crew Reactions to Seeing the Movie for the First Time
- The mini-documentary, “A Homeschool Dad’s Perspective on Movie-Making”
- A Behind the Scenes Musical Montage set to the original bluegrass tune “Mount Hideaway Blues”