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Moms, teen daughters could connect while watching a movie

From wire reports

Mothers looking to connect with their teenage daughters — but who don’t want to learn instant messaging to do it — might find some common ground on the couch catching a flick.

“Mother-Daughter Movies: 101 Films to See Together” suggests titles that authors Rosemary Rogers and Nell Rogers Michlin say are fun to watch and lend themselves to discussion.

If you’re interested in tackling family relationships, try “The Joy Luck Club” (1993) or “Moonstruck” (1997); or if you want to address peer pressure and popularity, pop in “Never Been Kissed” (1999).

Each movie’s entry summarizes the plot and then rates its “bonding potential,” the hunk factor and the hankie factor — both things than can bring moms and daughters together.

There also is a “squirm-in-your-seat” rating to indicate how uncomfortable things might get if there’s a sex scene. (1999’s “Cruel Intentions” and 1976’s “Saturday Night Fever” both get a nine of 10 ranking.)

On the warning list of movies mother and daughter should not see together are “Basic Instinct” (1992) and “Body Heat” (1981).

Rogers and Michlin are a mother-daughter team who have been watching movies together for more than two decades.

Explaining Alzheimer’s

Considering that many adults barely understand Alzheimer’s disease, explaining it and the effects the illness might have on a family to a child can be extremely difficult.

A possible introduction might be “What’s Happening to Grandpa?” (Little, Brown/Warner) a new book by Maria Shriver, California’s first lady and a former NBC News reporter.

In the story, Kate, who loves to hear her grandfather tells stories, becomes confused and upset when he starts to repeat himself — and then he forgets her name.

Kate’s mom explains the disease as an illness that affects Grandpa’s memory and makes him confused, irritated and often angry because he is struggling to remember things.

Will this happen to her mother? Kate wonders. Will it happen to her as she gets older?

She asks if there is anything she can do to help.

Eventually, though, Kate decides the best thing is to love and cherish her grandfather so she’ll remember him for as long as she can as one of the most important people in her life.

Remembering The Family Vacation

Looking for a low-cost way to remember your family vacation? Try this tip from Family Fun magazine:

When you travel, pick up extra copies of attraction maps, brochures and postcards. After the trip, cover the maps with clear Con-Tact paper and use them as place mats for the table.

For postcards, place several cards on a sheet of poster board and cover it with the Con-Tact paper, cutting it to place-mat size.

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