World War Movies You Should See

When it comes the learning about the war and everything which happened during those stressful 6 years, there are so many things we can do as parents to teach our kids as well as to find out more for ourselves.

With the rise in pop culture and technology, it is easier than ever for us to answer questions like How Many WW2 Veterans are Still Alive? Or what date did the war officially end? However as well as reading information online it can be good for us to be able to see the war first hand and experience things in a new and unique way. This is where movies come in and make an impact. Movies can be a wonderful way to submerge ourselves in the worlds of others and it will allow us to think clearly about the sacrifices made by those brave soldiers and this is something which can allow us to appreciate it much more. Today we are going to take a look at some of the best war movies we can watch to really understand what happened nearly 80 years ago.

Stalingrad

This is a Russian film and it is one which gives you a uniqyue chance to see a complex love affair happen on screen during Nazi rule. It is a celebrated film and one well worth the watch.

Defiance

In this film, 4 brave brothers join the Russian resistance who are fighting again the enemy and the Nazis. During the film you will be able to see them build refugee camps for Jewish folks and try to hide them from their fate at the hands of the Nazis.

Black Book

In this film a Jewish singer goes undercover for Dutch resistance fighters and this helps them to infultrate a Nazi headquarters in the Netherlands. It is a film full of surprises and one which will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Son of Saul

In this high suspense film a prisoner of the Auschwitz camp saves the body of a boy from the crematorium. It is a film which focuses on morality and can be a real tear jerker.

The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas

This film is one of friendship and tragedy and focuses on the friendship between the son of a Nazi leader and a Jewish boy who is working in a concentration camp, and the bond that they form in the midst of the war. It is a true tragic story and one which shows the cost of the war.

Patton

The story revolves around the general George S. Patton and the choices he made during the years of the war.

Letters From Iwo Jima

Clint Eastwood stars in this film about what happens when you find sympathy for the enemy in a war.

The Dirty Dozen

This is one of the best known films on the list and is one which deals with D-Day on the 6th June 1944. It follows a group of convicts who band together and fight for the good in a suicide mission on D-Day. It won an Oscar and many othe awards.

From Here to Eternity

Pearl Harbour is explored in this film and we see the eve of the day of Pearl Harbour. On this day we see a few soldiers sharing loving moments in Hawaii and it follows the human connection we have with these people.  

Downfall

Adolf Hitler is easily the most famous dictator in history, and the things he set in motion during the war were things which could never be forgiven. This film focuses on what happened to him after the war as he hid himself away in a bunker. It is a film which explores the mind of a man who committed some of the worst atrocities in the world.

The Thin Red Line

This film looks into the real horrors of war and the effect it has on people.

The Longest Day

D-Day remains the most famous battle of the war and it is one which took a hell of a lot of planning and foresight. This film delves into the day as a whole and it shows the day from the perspective of a few different people on the battlefield.  

Life Is Beautiful

In this film an Italian father shelters his son from the Holocaust and this proves to be a powerful and moving look at the reality of war.

The Diary Of Ann Frank

Perhaps one of the most famous jewish victims of the war was young Ann Frank, who wrote a diary about her time hiding in the roof of a home to escape the forces of the Nazis. However after being caught, it shares the story from inside a concentration camp.

Das Boot

This film allows us to learn a little more about the drama inside a German U-Boat and gives us a unique chance to see the way it works from the other side of the war.

Inglourious Basterds

Tarantino takes the war and makes this entertaining and poignant movie which follows a woman whose family is murdered by the Nazis, and ends with a plot to kill Hitler himself in the most brutal of ways.

Grave of the Fireflies

This story follows the lives of two Japanese children who struggle to survive in the middle of the world. It is an animated movie which makes it a little different than the other ones that you may have seen before and this can be a great thing for those of you who don’t regularly watch them.

Schindler’s List

Schindler’s List is a film which is one of the most dramatic of all war films and it is one which had won a number of awards. It follows Oskar Schindler, a German man who decides to make it his goal to save as many Jewish people as possible in the midst of the war. He saved many lives and some of them are still alive today living a long and happy life because of his bravery.

Saving Private Ryan

One of the most famous war films of all is one which depicts the D-Day landings from the perspective of a small group of soldiers.

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Parenting 101: Pleasing A Gamer Teen

Gamers have also had to deal with a bad reputation. Thankfully, countless experts and parenting counsellors have since agreed that gaming is not only a hobby, but it can also become a positive force in the development of essential skills. The idea that video games are responsible for everyday violence is not only an unjustified cliché, but it is also predominantly unproven. More often than not, children who grow up playing games – as long as the games are suitable for their age – are more likely to enhance their problem-solving skills, creativity, coordination, and stress reliance. All-in-one, these are pretty useful skills to have. Therefore, most parents embrace the idea that their teenage child enjoys video games – rather than fight it.

So, what are you to do when you’re trying to please your gaming teen? Here are a few ideas to enhance their game routine.

Gaming is a social experience

Comfort makes a difference

Is a birthday coming and you’re still struggling to find decent ideas? Typically, tapping into their gaming interest can be a real game changer, especially if grandparents have asked you for tips. While you may not be confident in their ability to find a suitable game for your teen, you can certainly trust them with the matter of comfort. Gamers can develop soreness in their wrists, back and neck if they play in an uncomfortable position – which could be the case if the game console is in their bedroom with no ergonomic setting, for instance. It’s worth investing in a gaming chair – and more importantly, gaming chairs are a thing on the market; therefore, they are easy to find even for the most inexperienced gaming gift makers.

Stepping out of your tech comfort zone confidently

It is difficult when you don’t have a robust gaming experience to pick a tech present for your teen. Ultimately, if you want to give them something there will appreciate, such as a device that enhances their perception of the game, you need to understand what gaming headsets is about. Indeed, it can be tricky to pick the best gadget when you know nothing about its connectivity, features and overall comfort. Here’s a tip that will transform your approach: Forget the shop assistant and ask a community of gamers what they think – or check their reviews online.

Keep yourself informed about the latest trends

Last but not least, sometimes the best present you can give is to share their interest. Gaming is not the solitary hobby that the media made it to be. It’s an experience enthusiastic gamers are keen to share, either with other players online or with relatives and friends. Reading about the latest trends and expected games only takes a handful of minutes, but it can significantly transform your relationship. Alternatively, you can sit down with them and share the experience of the game. Even as a spectator, many games are beautifully designed, which makes them enjoyable not only to play but also to watch. Nier: Automata, for instance, is one of those games that come with a complex narrative, guaranteed to keep both of you satisfied.

In conclusion, there is no reason why video games should remain an isolated and misunderstood hobby. As a non-gaming relative, you can still find many ways to connect, either through helping your teen to create a cosy gaming environment or by joining them in their passion.

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Easy Ways to Keep Kids Entertained on Rainy Days

Kids love to be outside in the great outdoors. They can play out with their friends, or they can even ride their bikes around the local park. If it’s raining then they may feel cooped up inside and this can easily lead to feelings of boredom. Luckily, there are a few things that you can do to try and alleviate this.

 

Try your Hand at Baking

Baking is a fantastic way for you to spend time with your kids. It’s super easy to do, makes very little mess and you don’t even need a lot of ingredients either. When baking with the kids, try and make sure that you give them as much to do as possible. Let them stir the mix, put it in the oven or even choose the flavourings. When you do this, you can then help them to really get invested and you never know, they may end up loving it and want to do it again! The best thing about baking is that you can eat the fruits of your labour that night, whether it is with a movie or even when playing a family game.

Have a Family Movie Day

When was the last time you all sat down together and watched a movie? Probably a long time ago. If you want to try and help your kids to curb those feelings of boredom then try and choose a film that everyone is going to love. You might also want to get some popcorn and make a full day of it. Grab the duvet from upstairs and light some candles too. When you do this, you can easily help them to feel as though they are doing something positive and it also gives you the chance to spend some quality time with them.

Delve into Arts and Crafts

If your kids love to get crafty then why not consider doing some arts and crafts? When you do activities like this, you can easily encourage them to explore their creative side and this can be really good for their motor skills. If you are stuck for some ideas, then look into making your own paper aeroplanes and have a competition to see who’s can go the furthest. You can even try and make something out of clay, or draw together. Family activities like this can really help you to encourage them and it can also put an end to boredom once and for all.

Play some Fun Family Games

Family games are a great way for you to really get everyone involved. The Ms Pacman arcade game is a fantastic choice, and you would be surprised at how many hours of fun it can give you. The best thing about games is that there are so many of them available and this is great if your kids have a ton of energy that they can’t seem to get rid of. Of course, you can have competitions to see who can get the highest score and you can even work with them to try and teach them the rules of any new games you have around the home too.

 

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Fab Ideas For A Fun Family Evening

The stresses and strains of parenting on a day-to-day basis is a rewarding chore – but a chore nonetheless. The beautiful creature you created is a gift to you as a well as an annoying pain in the backside! Whether it’s their behavior or their well-being, you can never switch off. After a long, hard stint of watching over them – whether they’re six or sixteen! – being freed from the struggle of guardianship sometimes feels like a huge weight removed.

But it doesn’t always have to be that way, you know! You may have forgotten amidst all of the chaos, but good old fun can be had with the whole family, and it’s always nice to cherish times together that can be almost exclusively joyful and anxiety-free! Here are a few suggestions that can boost your evenings together.

Movie Night

A movie night is a common pastime among families and friends. But that doesn’t stop it being a fantastic evening and a great idea for everyone. You could make a plan one night to surprise the kids and take them to the movie theatre. Nowadays a lot of streaming services make movie nights a lot easier. As long as you have a TV and an internet connection you’re pretty much good to go. Careful, though, you may want to test the speed of the connection – you don’t want it to get to the crux of the story and start buffering! It happens!

Games!

From silly activities like charades to video games. Getting a laugh and a smile on faces is a feeling like no other and stimulating the brain while enjoying yourself is one of the best ways!  

Cooking

Cooking is a beautiful hobby to take part in – especially one with the whole family. We all like food don’t we? Getting to enjoy a meal while learning how to make it is rewarding not only for the stomach but for the brain too!  

Arts And Crafts

Similar to cooking, it’s fun and simple to do. You can open someone’s creative side, and with kids at a young age taking things in like sponges, it can be super beneficial for them as they may grow up with an artistic side or a problem-solving side!

Build A Fort!

You have to be a real grumpy goose to not get on board with the idea of a fort in the living room! Similarly to before, it’s creative as well as a good laugh. Just make sure you plan for it all and are ready to clean up and get everything back in order!

Puzzles

Puzzles are another great way to get the whole family involved. If they’re super young, the kids can have a whale of a time working out what goes where in a small, cheap jigsaw. But they can also help out with big family projects that take a lot more time. Some take weeks and months so the whole family can spend some evenings getting these little projects completed – having fun and developing the brain in the process!  

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