Yep, that’s us. My husband and I are known as the king and queen of picky parents when it comes to movies we deem as appropriate for our kiddos. We’re o.k. with this honorary title because we desire to mold six precious souls to live a life that is pleasing to the Lord. We desire to keep the same principles that guide us in important decisions to also guide us in our free-time activities.
Since the Bible tells children to “Honour thy father and mother…” as well as “obey your parents in the Lord..”, we do not let our kids view popular kid movies that make the mom and dad look like complete goofs and the kid the admirable hero. While we cherish our children and their thoughts, we also recognize that God has set the world up so that parents are to lead the kids–not kids lead the parents.
Honestly, this knocks out about 95% of kid movies. Then we further narrow it down by disregarding movies that contain provocatively dressed women, offensive language, magic and spirit worship. Moms, please don’t think that just because a movie or show is a cartoon that it is harmless and wholesome. The world and the devil try to sneak in its anti-god teachings to your kids– even through cartoons. Preview a program before allowing your child to sit down and absorb all the information and images being offered.
I am not being compensated for these suggestions, I am only trying to help parents out there that are seeking to find kid movies that do not go against the principles their kids are learning at home.
- Amy Carmichael–The Torchlighters Series. My kids love this DVD and have even shed a tear about the facts of the movie. Amy Carmichael was a woman missionary to India and this DVD is mainly a story about a young girl named Preena that does was offered by her mother to the “gods”. She then was rescued by Amy and after her rescue Amy began devoting her life to rescuing children that were offered to the temple gods. This was an amazing, eye-opening and heart-stirring movie that our entire family enjoyed watching.
- William Tyndale–The Torchlighters Series. William Tyndale had a major role in giving us our English Bible. This is an amazing history lesson as well as a wake-up call for all Christians on how we take God’s word for granted. Kids realize the price many people payed to give us the 66 books we enjoy reading today.
- Eric Liddell–The Torchlighters Series. Eric Liddell was a talented runner that laid fame and fortune on the altar to go and spread the good news of the gospel to China. He chose to continue to serve the Lord across the world and use his running skills to rescue people during one of the most tragic wars in history. A hero to be admired indeed.
- John Bunyan–The Torchlighters Series. Kids learn about the classic, “Pilgrim’s Progress” as well as learning about the author himself and the persecution he endured for preaching the gospel. Apollyon is shown on this DVD and may be a little scarier for younger children in the 2-5 year old range.
- Jim Elliot–The Torchlighters Series–A sobering story of several men that hazarded their lives for the gospel of Christ. This movie shows that Jim Elliot and his friends were willing to make the ultimate sacrifice to reach people who had yet been reached with the good news of Jesus Christ. There is a spearing scene as the Aucas kill Jim Elliot and his friends. For this cause, I am glad it is an animated film.
- The Duggars. We seriously enjoy watching this Christian family in their travels and daily excursions. My kids enjoy relating to other families of the same core beliefs.
- Up. This is a fun film that our family giggles and laughs throughout–after the sad beginning. We love the fact that this movie portrays a couple who loved each other and stayed married until “death do we part”.
- The Runner from Ravenshead. Wow! This is an adorable movie that my kids were on edge the entire time. Only kids act in this movie and it is full of adventure. My kids love the three-year old little boy that delivers some great acting. This is an allegory about finding refuge and deliverance from “wardens” we face in life. This is definitely a must-watch!
- The Miracle Worker. This has been the best film I have ever watched concerning Helen Keller. It was entertaining and informative at the same time. I didn’t like the fake Southern accents, but that’s me :) This film made my kids desire to learn more about Helen Keller, and sad to say, she became humanistic in her later years and as far as history records, was not a Christian.