Do you remember dating? While those days were 25 years ago for me, the memories are still very vivid. Most of my experiences were positive and pleasant, however, the heartbreaking ones were enough for my husband and I to enact the, "no dating before you are 16 years old" rule. My sons have disliked the rule, and have tried a few times to negotiate out of it or even, like the main character of Family Dinner, sneak around it.
Parenting a teenager can be incredibly challenging, even when brought up in a home of great faith, they still need to find their own way and occasionally make choices that disappoint us. Having made plenty of those 'not so good' choices; my heart desired to steer my children away from those and towards ones that please God and are beneficial for their spiritual, emotional and physical well-being. When I have help teaching my children these lessons, I am even happier - because let's face it, what does a parent really know (wink-wink).
Enter - Holy Cross Family Theater. Family Dinner tells the story of a young woman who sees her parents rule of 'no dating until you are 16" as unfair, and was planning to deceive them by dating secretly when she is discovered. Parents always find out - they just always do. The story then takes on an illuminating turn, as main character Cristina starts to learn the truth - about a great many things, including parental motives.
At 28 minutes, this movie is no longer than your typical sitcom, yet packs a way more spiritual punch than anything I have watched on TV in a long time. Want to learn more -- visit Family Theater Productions.