Does the PG-13 Rating Really Work?

Prior to the late ’60s, there was no movie ratings system in America. Films that adhered to the content restrictions of the time received an Approved seal and were sent out into the marketplace for anyone to view. However, changing times and the arrival of foreign films that more readily addressed adult themes demonstrated that it was time for a change. The ratings G, M, and X were introduced, which were soon modified to G, GP, R, and X (GP eventually became the more widely recognized PG).

These classifications were deemed sufficient until the summer movie season of 1984 when parental outcry arose over the level of violence in the PG-rated INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM and GREMLINS. Many felt that both films were R-level in content and not suitable for children to see unaccompanied. This resulted in the creation of PG-13, which fell between PG and R. Anyone could still see a PG-13 feature, but parents were warned that some material could be inappropriate for children under 13.

Nowadays, the majority of movies carry the PG-13 classification as it allows filmmakers to present a certain degree of violence, coarse language, and sexual content without limiting their possible audience. It makes commercial sense, but the PG-13 movies of 20-30 years ago bear little resemblance to ones bearing the rating now. Directors routinely take movies right up to the line without crossing over into R territory, which can mean the material is really top end PG-13 and would have received the more restrictive rating only a few years ago.

What can parents do? If you are concerned about the content of some PG-13 features, there are websites such as Kids-In-Mind that break down the levels of violence, language, and sex in each feature. It can be difficult to keep track of what your kids are seeing or hearing, particularly online, but it is worth exercising some degree of control until they are in their later teens and better able to process the often graphic content of films.

BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE is one of several recent movies that have pushed the PG-13 rating to its breaking point. Image courtesy Warner Brothers.

Parents Taking Care Of Parents

CaptureAs we all know, family is so important.  That’s why we really need to reinforce how important it truly is to take care of your family.  When I had a baby, it was probably one of the most stressful times in my life.  However, I’ve found that throughout the years, the most stressful time might possibly be when I have kids to take care of and parents to take care of.  My dad passed away when I was quite young, and I remember it being a very difficult time in my mother’s life.  Now, being a young parents of two kids under the age of 5, having my mother get sick is just creating so much unwanted stress on my family.  Yes, my husband is great and takes care of our kids and my mother all the time, and I’m so thankful for that.  But having to juggle kids, work, and parents is sometimes just a little bit too much.

My friend eventually told me of a service that care for seniors right at your home.  This means that I can leave the house, drop my kids off at preschool, and go to work without having to worry about if my mom is doing okay home alone.  Basically, this service provides home care for your loved ones and they’re able to stay with them at home while you’re away.  This definitely helps my life a lot because it’s not so much the taking care of my mother that stresses me out, it’s more the worry of leaving her at home by herself.

I’m so grateful for services like these because without it, I don’t know if I would be able to adjust my life properly and still be able to do everything I do.  My family is very thankful for our caretaker.  She’s amazing and extremely professional.  My mother sure likes her a lot too as well as the kids.  It’s definitely one of the best agencies for at home care in our region.  I no longer have to rush home from work or not be able to take my kids to their swimming lessons at night.  I’m able to cook dinner for my family and spend more time with my kids, husband, and mother.  It’s so great to be able to count on someone and them have your back.