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(otherwise known as, 16 movies for mothers and daughters to watch on Mother's Day)
It's my second Mother's Day (fifth one, total) as the mother of a little girl. There's something I want to pass on to her (well, both of my children, actually).
Growing up my mom loved watching movies with her girls. Instead of binge watching entire seasons of "24," or "House of Cards," like one does today, back then we were obsessed with classics, like "Gone With the Wind," or "Please Don't Eat the Daisies," and musicals, like "Camelot," and "Oklahoma."
Lucky for me as a Cox Communications customer (and, yes, they are also a client), I can visit the Contour On Demand Video Library to access all of the Mother's Day movies I want. (And, if I'm being "real," I mostly use Voice Command to access most content.)
Holidays always marked an influx in the number of movies we would consume as a family. And, on extra special days, like Mother's Day, you could usually find us curled up on the couch, under a blanket, watching (or re-watching) our fave mother-daughter classics.
I don't know that we even knew we were starting a tradition back then, but nonetheless, year after year, we watched and snuggled and laughed and cried. The best part about it is that we were together. It wasn't a time for petty sister arguments or complaining to mom about what piece of trendy clothing just HAD to be in our closets. Nope, this was a time for being together as a family.
I want this with my own children. A Mother's Day tradition where for two hours we do nothing but sit. We sit and watch, letting ourselves get taken away to places, like Sweet Apple, Ohio or ancient Scotland. That for the rest of the day we can't get "that one song" out of our heads and we smile as hum it. It's my hope, then, when my children are older they will watch one of these movies and think of me, or maybe, if I'm lucky, pass the tradition on to other special people in their lives.
If you'd like to get in on the tradition, then I'd like to share my lovingly curated list of Mother-Daughter movies with you.
Here is my list of tissue-grabbing, laughing-so-hard-your-stomach-hurts and snuggle up with your fave blanket movies for Mother's Day:
- Freaky Friday
- Steel Magnolias
- Now and Then
- Grey Gardens
- Bye Bye Birdie
- Terms of Endearment
- How Stella Got Her Groove Back
- Penny Arcade
- Troop Beverly Hills
- Anne of Green Gables
- Hidden Figures
Guess what? I still get regular texts from mom when Turner Classic Movies is running a marathon of one of our fave actresses or movie genres. I guess a tradition doesn't have to be stuck to just one day, it's something special we share whenever the moment strikes.
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This past SXSW I had the opportunity to have breakfast with a group of my fave working moms (and dad). These are people I've known for years (some since college!), consider part of my tribe and look to when I need guidance.
It's not easy balancing (or the attempt to balance) work, life and travel. I even brought my 10 month old with me (broadband baby!) this year, and I wasn't the only one traveling with a baby (as you'll see in the video). Believe me, the "highlight reel" you see on social media doesn't account for the sick baby in the hotel room, spit up on my jacket and countless tantrums (I'm talking about the baby, not me).
Most of our breakfast, we talked about protecting our kids online. They are digital natives, "online" is part of their lives. Whether it's Roblox on the iPad, smart TVs or voice controlled everything, they are almost always connected.
One of the attendees, Izzie Neis of Mod Squad, grew up like me, in a small midwest town, where she would be gone from morning until sundown in the summer. Our parents didn't worry (and we definitely didn't have cell phones to stay in touch).
Today, that seems to be what I do most of the time. Worry about what my kids are exposed to since technology is everywhere. I'm not sitting around passively. I'm using the time my kids are young to constantly educate myself and develop a tech plan as they grow. I'm sure it will change enumerable time over the next several years, but you can bet I'll keep trying.
My son, who is five, is a gamer. He loves Minecraft, Roblox, Pokemon Go (and countless others). He currently plays games in solo mode, but he's already asked about playing games with his friends (as in a group online game).
We don't allow that, yet, but when he reaches an appropriate age, the first thing I will do is create a private server for him and his friends. I will be moderating and listening and providing any updates to parents (because it will be a requirement).
The moms also offered other great tips for keeping their kids safe, like:
- Play the games your kids are playing and play WITH them.
- If you'll be checking their online presence, cell phones and/or text messages, let them know.
- Educate yourself on what kids are watching and playing, especially the nuances of various games (e.g. different modes in Minecraft).
What are some of your family's best practices for online safety? Tweet me @PRsarahevans and @CoxComm with your best tips.