Parents: Look to Hollywood Movies for Parenting Tips

Throughout many famous and award-winning Hollywood movies, parents impart wisdom and advice to their children. From comedies to dramas, the parent and child relationship is always an important one. While Hollywood movies are, of course,  fictional, their themes and messages can still apply to real life relationships. Look to the screenwriters in Southern California to help you teach your teenager some valuable life lessons. Below are some of our favorite Hollywood parenting tips:

To Kill A Mockingbird

“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view, until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.” – Atticus Finch

Atticus Finch is a father of wisdom and courage. He raises his children to accept everyone, especially in a changing world. Like Atticus, you, too, should teach your teenage son or daughter to avoid judging other people. As an outsider, it’s impossible for you to know what they’re going through, so rather than condemning others for their differences, it’s far better to simply accept that you don’t know everything and to treat that person with love and respect.

Big Daddy

“You can be scared that I might get pick-pocketed in a bad neighborhood or break my legs skiing. But don’t be scared about me being a dad because I will not fail. I love this kid too much. I love him as much as you love me, Dad. I’m gonna give him advice, and I’m gonna guide him. And I’ll be there whenever he needs me.”– Sonny Koufax

Although Big Daddy is admittedly an unlikely place to search for parenting tips, the movie does provide a message that is very important for teens to learn: Like Sonny- a lazy, unaccomplished manchild- no parent is perfect. Although most parents are much better off than Sonny, like every other human being, parents will make their fair share of mistakes. As teens age and mature, they will probably come to learn this on their own, but it’s important for you to remind them that despite Mom and Dad’s shortcomings, you are trying your absolute best. And just because you aren’t a perfect person doesn’t mean that you don’t still know what’s best for them.

Forrest Gump

“Life is like a box of chocolates, Forrest. You never know what you’re gonna get.” -Mrs. Gump

When Forrest Gump asks his mother what his destiny will be, she responds with this clever quote to teach Forrest that he cannot plan every detail of his life. You should also impart this lesson to your teen. You never know where life will take you, so rather than stressing about those things that take you by surprise, it’s better to try your best to adjust to them and move on. Learning to adapt to change is one of the most important skills you can teach your teenage son or daughter.

Even with the guidance of those who came before you, parenting through the teenage years can be extremely difficult. If things have gotten out of control, there’s no shame in admitting that you need the help of an expert. The qualified staff at Christian boarding schools are an excellent resource for helping you and your family through the trying teenage years. Specializing in treating troubled and at-risk teens, these schools approach education with a balance of discipline and love, and their methods have helped countless teens transform into intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually healthy young adults.

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