Family Friendly Friday – 12.3.10 (Guest Post)

(I apologize that this is going out on Saturday. Thank technology for crashing! I hope you enjoy!)

Family Values Entertainment News, Mom Reviewed & Mom Approved – 12.3.10

Moms Speak Out

Check out this week’s Moms Speak Out question of the week and let your voices be heard. Being in the midst of the holidays this question seemed appropriate:

“How do you manage your kids’ expectations around the holidays?”

Speak up and make a difference! If there’s a question you’d like to have discussed, let’s hear it. Please email me your Moms Speak Out comments and suggestions!

Quiet on the Set 
I hope everyone had a very happy Thanksgiving.  This is one of my favorite holidays, with all of the wonderful family traditions, lots of great food, and the beginning of Christmas shopping chaos. How many of you were at the stores at 2 in the morning for Black Friday specials? 

I really appreciate being able to have this weekly blog as a place to take a moment and focus on the best entertainment choices for our families. Remember to take a look at our Moms Speak Out section above and let your voices be heard! As they say out here in Hollywood, “lights, camera, action!”

With the holidays in full force upon us, this week’s DVD is a great Christmas movie that reminds us about what matters most.  Enjoy!

Christmas Angel

Director: Brian Brough
Cast:  K.C. Clyde, Bruce Davison, Kari Hawker
Running Time: 90 minutes
Language: English
Year: 2009

A powerful story about helping others, but at the same time, helping yourself….

Alexandria: Very good film.
Laura: Fantastic movie!
Paula: It’s a wonderful sweet story.
Sara: This was a really heartwarming story.

Worth Noting: Some falsification of facts and selfish behaviors are displayed. Homelessness and dying are sometimes sensitive issues to witness.
If you are interested in finding other family friendly movies on DVD, here is a good place to start.

This week offers some great options for TV shows from the Parent Television Council. Here are my favorite picks: First, A Walk in My Shoes is a TV movie full of important life lessons; second, Suite Life on Deck, is a fun Disney show full of adventure and humor. Here are some other family friendly options for the week:

Friday, December 3, 2010
A Walk in My Shoes, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) NBC A teacher who is quick to blame parents for their children’s poor classroom performance begins to see things in a new light when she gets a peek at what life’s like for the mother of a popular but struggling student. 
Debbie Macomber’s Call Me Mrs. Miracle, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) Hallmark Channel The magical Emily Merkle spreads Christmas cheer while working at a struggling department store in this sequel to 2009’s “Mrs. Miracle.”  Thought the store owners don’t recall hiring her, Mrs. Merkle has a positive impact on the business and the spirits of those around her. 

Saturday, December 4, 2010
The Christmas Shoes, 7:00 p.m. (Eastern) Lifetime The lives of a workaholic who’s neglecting his family, and a boy whose mom is suffering from an illness, converge at Christmas. 
Suite Life on Deck, 7:00 p.m. (Eastern) Disney Channel Cody, Zack, and Woody become stranded at a remote scientific-research station in Antarctica.  Meanwhile, London tries to inspire one of her favorite designers, who is retiring because of a lack of inspiration. 

Sunday, December 5, 2010
Christmas with a Capital C, 7:00 p.m., 9:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. (Eastern) GMC When wealthy former resident Mitch Bright returns to his Alaskan hometown of Trapper Falls, his progressive perspectives clash with those of the town’s Christian mayor – and Mitch’s old high school nemesis – Dan Reed, and Dan’s conservative brother Greg.  Soon, the town’s residents find themselves facing a legal battle, with the town’s traditions at stake. But is Mitch motivated by rivalry, anti-Christian sentiment…or something more?
Holiday Switch, 7:00 p.m. (Eastern) Lifetime A struggling housewife learns what her life would have been like after a holiday wish transports her to an alternate reality where she is married to her successful high-school sweetheart. 

Monday, December 6, 2010
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and the Island of Misfit Toys, 7:00 p.m. (Eastern) ABC Family An animated musical about the mysterious Toy Taker, who steals all of Santa’s goodies three days before Christmas.  Rudolph must come up with a plan to get them back before kids wake up to a toyless holiday. 
16 Wishes, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) Disney Channel A girl makes a wish list to celebrate her 16th birthday and is astonished when they begin coming true, until one desire goes horribly awry and changes everything. 

Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Charlie Brown Christmas, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) ABC Charlie Brown and the Peanuts gang learn the true meaning of Christmas.
Frosty’s Winter Wonderland, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) ABC Family Frosty the Snowman gets married in a winter wonderland. 

Wednesday, December 8, 2010
The Polar Express
, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) Disney Channel Enchanting animated Christmas fable about a doubting 8-year-old boy who’s whisked to the North Pole by a mysterious train conductor. 
Miracle on 34th Street, 8:30 p.m. (Eastern) ABC Family Remake of the 1947 film about a young girl whose skepticism about Santa is challenged by a man claiming to be Kriss Kringle. 

Thursday, December 9, 2010
Shrek the Halls, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) ABC Shrek, Fiona and the kids try to celebrate the holidays as a family, but visits by Donkey, Puss in Boots, Gingerbread Man, and others turn a cozy gathering into a chaotic Christmas. 
Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) ABC Family Fred Astaire and Mickey Rooney lend their voices to this Christmastime classic which explains the legend of Santa Claus and how he began delivering toys to children on Christmas Eve. 

To see the complete list of shows recommended by the Parents Television Council and/or to learn more about this great organization, please visit

This week we have a wonderful TV movie full of good values and lessons for this holiday season. Enjoy!

A Walk in My Shoes TV-movie
By Christopher Gildemeister

Network: NBC
Air Time: December 3, 2010, 8:00 p.m. ET
Starring: Nancy Travis, Philip Winchester, Yara Martinez, Cameron Stewart, Jackson Pace
Recommended age: 5+
Sex: None
Violence: Minor car accident
Language: None
Behavior: Mildly disobedient teen

Trish Fahey has all the answers. A pushy, perfectionist teacher and mother, she demands the best from her students, her family, and all around her – without giving any thought to what others may be going through. But Trish’s life changes in profound ways when she encounters the mysterious Molly…an encounter which brings her together with widowed mother Cindy Kremmer, her struggling son (and Trish’s student) Justin, and emotionally scarred Iraq war vet Jake, in ways Trish could never have imagined. By the time the encounter ends, Trish has learned a powerful lesson in empathy, after having taken a walk in others’ shoes.

There is no content of concern in the film. Both Jake and Trish suffer minor car accidents, but neither is seriously injured, and no blood is seen. Justin is occasionally surly toward his elders and classmates, but this is because of the many problems he is dealing with, and his behavior is not at all excessive.

In contrast to prior family-friendly movies Secrets of the Mountain and The Jensen Project, A Walk in My Shoes is not an adventure story with a family twist. Rather, it is a moving drama in which each character takes a new look at themselves and their lives, coming to sympathize with and help others through listening and understanding. Life is not random or coincidental, the movie teaches, and existence truly has meaning when one helps others…and when you help someone else, you heal yourself.

Because of its important family messages and moving drama, the Parents Television Council and The National Board of Mothers® are proud to award A Walk in My Shoes with the National Board of Mothers® Seal of Approval. We recommend this film for all viewers over the age of five.
It’s a wrap! I hope all of you are enjoying the holiday preparations and hopefully not becoming too overwhelmed. Please email me how you’re preparing for Christmas and any special traditions your family has. See you next Friday!

Founder, National Board of Mothers®

Patty is first and foremost an experienced mother both to her teenage daughter, and to her Labradoodle Romeo. With a great passion for wholesome entertainment, Patty spearheaded the National Board of Mothers to establish a rigorous review process ensuring that your family’s treasured time is enjoyed with Mom Reviewed & Mom Approved products. Patty is most currently known for forging new ground with family friendly entertainment as the Founder of not only the National Board of Mothers, but also Family Values Cinema. You can read more about Patty and family friendly entertainment here or email her with any questions.

Disclaimer: This is a weekly guest post on behalf of Family Values Entertainment. I am not being compensated for this post, but links included in this post may be affiliate links. Read more about my relationship with Family Values Cinema here.

Angie Vinez (2893 Posts)

Angie is a wife and mother to 8. Her life revolves around cooking, cleaning, laundry, and other household duties. She is passionate about her life in Christ and wants to encourage other mothers in their own walk of faith. Angie is active on many social media networks, loves technology, photography, and graphic design, and loves creating blog designs for other mom bloggers.

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