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Sunday, June 3, 2012 Daily Update
This update is going out later than normal. I think some weekends are going to just be that way.
Yesterday was a fabulous mind break for me. I watched 5 movies – all of which were decent enough to hold my attention. Had a wonderful dinner from a local Greek restaurant called Santorini Island Grill. If you’re in the San Diego area, give them a try. One of the best gyros I’ve had anywhere, prices are low and portions are huge.
A brief update today… just sharing some thoughts on a couple of tough topics…
On “Trust” and Parenting
One of the movies I watched this weekend was “Trust.” The movie is about a 14 year old girl who was targeted by an online sexual predator. The acting by the leads Liana Liberato, Clive Owen and Catherine Keener was excellent. The script and delivery of lines was solid. David Schwimmer (of “Friends” fame) did a a great job directing.
I didn’t know what to expect with the movie. A few friends had told me to watch it – all for different reasons. I actually felt uneasy when I started to watch it – especially knowing that it had been handed an “R” rating (the death spell for a movie like this). The rating was less about what was actually seen on screen than the subject matter.
If you have preteen or teen children – watch it and then watch it with them and then sit down to talk to them about it. The couple of hours it will take between watching the movie and discussing it with them could one day make a difference for your own child(ren) or their friends.
I don’t have children myself but I think the movie delivered a heavy message to today’s parents. It wasn’t just about sexual predators on the Internet. The wider message – as signified by the movie’s title – was about “Trust.” It’s a delicate balance to allow your children freedoms, to have trust in them, but to see them grow, as parents, you have to let go. Making mistakes is an inevitable part of life – for people of every age. Allowing your children to make mistakes and, while they are still children, being there to support them through the aftermath is one of the most important parts of helping your children prepare for adulthood.
Have a fabulous day friends!