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Published on November 22, 2017

Want To Raise Good Kids? Here Are 5 movies That Will Help You Out

Want To Raise Good Kids? Here Are 5 movies That Will Help You Out

Deciding what movie to take your kids to can be overwhelming. The sheer amount of blockbuster films, cartoons and animations can make any parent wonder what the most appropriate movie is to watch with their children. The impressionable nature of kids can mean that exposing them to negative teachings could result in picking up bad habits from a young age.

Think that’s an exaggeration? It’s been scientifically proven that what children watch, especially with films and TV, has a strong ability to influence and shape their minds. The power of persuasion was discussed in an article by Dr. Jeremy Dean who commented that “stories work so well to persuade us because if they’re well told, we get swept up in them, and we are transported inside them.[1]

This can work in both a negative and positive way. If parents can be strategic in what movies they select for their kids and then utilise the impressionable window of time after the film has finished to discuss the story line and valuable character traits, children will be more open to learn, understand and make positive connections.

With this in mind, here are 5 movies that will give you the opportunity to help you teach children valuable life lessons.

1. Frozen (2013)

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    Frozen tell the story of fearless optimist Anna who teams up with rugged mountain man Kristoff and his loyal reindeer Sven in an epic journey to find Anna’s sister. This child-like comedy sees the characters encountering Everest-like conditions, mystical trolls and a hilarious snowman named Olaf.

    Lessons Learned: This is a wonderful story about sibling love rather than the traditional ‘man saves the day’ movie. It shows the importance of family bonds with strong character traits of kindness, love and self-worth.

    Get Frozen on iTunes.

    2. Brave (2012)

      Princess Merida is betrothed to a prince but wants to be anything but a “princess”. Instead she longs to be free, climb her favourite mountain, and use her archery skills. She attempts to run away and be “herself” and learns some lessons along the way.

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      This is a story of a girl determined to make her own path in life and break the stereotypical idea of a princess. Her defiance of tradition means relying on her bravery and archery skills to beat an evil curse. This movie is a great example for both boys and girls that shows the ideas of self-love, bravery and grit.

      Get Brave on iTunes.

      3. Charlotte’s Webb (2006)

        This film tells of a unique friendship between a pig called Wilbur and a spider named Charlotte. The unlikely pair come together after Wilbur’s life becomes endangered and Charlotte helps create a plan to save him.

        This movie is a intricate example of friendship and self-love with the characters displaying a strong sense of kindness, self-worth and love that children can learn from.

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        Get Charlotte’s Web in iTunes.

        4. Moana (2016)

          Based on stories from Polynesian mythology, this animation tells the story of Moana Waialiki. Daughter of a chief and expert navigator of the seas, Moana island experiences failing crops and local fisherman are no longer able to catch fish. She learns that the demigod Maui caused the blight by stealing the heart of the goddess, Te Fiti and the only way to heal the island is to persuade Maui to return Te Fiti’s heart. Moana then sets off on an epic journey across the Pacific.

          This is a tale of a girl overcoming impossible odds and discovering herself in the process. It teaches children the rewards of perseverance and the importance of knowing their identity. This is especially wonderful for the empowerment of girls as well as courage, curiosity and sticking to your goals.

          Get Moana on iTunes.

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          5. Finding Nemo (2003)

            Nemo, a clown fish, gets lost one day despite his father Marlin’s warning of the dangers of the sea. Nemo subsequently gets abducted by a boat and netted up to be sent to an office fish tank in Sydney. Marlin starts his journey to try and find Nemo encountering many characters along the way including a forgetful blue tang fish called Dory. The two travel a great distance, encountering dangerous situations in pursuit of Nemo. Meanwhile, Nemo along with the other captured sea animals in the fish tank, plot a way to return to Sydney Harbour to live their lives free again.

            This is a tale of survival but ultimately one of love. The characters show a wonderful example of perseverance, compassion and courage teaching children the importance of love and to never give up.

            Get Finding Nemo on iTunes.

            So, next time you sit down with your kids to watch a film, choose one that explains an important life lesson. Use this time to have a conversation and allow children to understand what they have been watching and how they can connect this with their own life. It’s possible to make movie-watching fun and educational at the same time!

            Reference

            [1]http://www.spring.org.uk/2012/01/why-stories-sell-transportation-leads-to-persuasion.php

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            Transform Your Memories: 10 Best Photo Editing Apps

            Transform Your Memories: 10 Best Photo Editing Apps

            How do you get the best out of photos?

            By using a photo editing app of course!

            Though phones are getting smarter by the day and there is AI to click better photos, for now they can’t match up to photo editing apps.

            In this exclusive list, I have rounded up all the photo editing apps that will help you transform your memories. These apps will help you to resize, adjust, beautify, sharpen, apply filters, make collage, remove objects and even shoot time lapses.

            So without further ado let’s take a look at the best photo editing apps:

            1. Pixlr

              Pixlr is a complete photo editing app that gives you a variety of options. A lot of users rely on it for quick fixes to a photo, adding texts and applying preset filters. Recently, Autodesk acquired it, which validates it popularity.

              Features:

              • User Friendly design and functionality which are extremely simple and logically categorized.
              • Simplified editing tools like crop, adjust and autofix.
              • Advanced tools like Splash which makes the image black and white and helps you add selective areas with colors.
              • Variety of preset filter option.
              • Add text feature.
              • Collage making option.

              Available for iOS | AndroidWeb

              2. Facetune

                Facetune is photoshop for dummies. It helps you to modify your photos, especially you face and make them look picture perfect. It whitens your teeth, removes blemishes and pimples, does away with wrinkles and even reshapes so that you can have those perfect cuts.

                Features:

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                • Basic features like crop, adjust aspect ratio, rotate and flip.
                • Advanced features like whiten, smooth, red eye reduction, tones and details.
                • Option to see before edits and after edits.
                • Preset filters (limited options though)
                • Frames to lighten up your images.

                Available for iOS | Android

                3. VSCO Cam

                  VSCO Cam is an editing app for people who are serious about their photos. People in the professional circuit seem to like it a lot. Its filters make the photos look better, but still help it keep real.

                  Another standout offering that makes it one of the best photo editing app is that it has an amazing social platform where you can make your own photo journals and share it with the world.

                  If you are obsessed about your pixels being perfect and and would like to experiment with a new photo sharing platform, this is a highly recommended app.

                  Features:

                  • All the basic functions like crop, edit, adjust and resize.
                  • Advanced photoshop features like washed out tones, saturated colors, high contrasts etc.
                  • Social platform GRID for your photos to get discovered.
                  • Amazing set of film like pre-set filters to automatically make your photo look great.
                  • Integrated camera.

                  Available for iOS | Android

                  4. Touch Retouch

                    The Guardian says that there is no easier way to remove unwanted objects from your photos. This is precisely what this genius photo editing app does. It removes unwanted content from your pictures.

                    If you are constantly photo-bombed or the frame has a lot of disturbance, you can remove them all using Touch-Retouch. The best part? It is not hard at all.

                    Features:

                    • Replace unwanted objects in the picture.
                    • Weed out photobombers by using a lasso.
                    • Make portraits more beautiful by removing blemishes and wrinkles.
                    • App replaces selections automatically (using nearby pixels)
                    • Clone tool can be used to easily duplicate objects.

                    Available for iOS | Android

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                    5. Moldiv

                      Moldiv is a friendly photo-editor app with all the standard photo-editing functions but with more than 550+ stickers in it and a plethora of collage options.

                      If you like to liven up pictures using stickers and collages, then this is the perfect app for you.

                      Features:

                      • 320+ fonts
                      • 150+ filters
                      • Beautify selfies – face slimming, enlarge eyes, smoothen skin and whiten teeth.
                      • Collage – Ability to artistically combine 10+ photos in one frame.
                      • Ability to crop, straighten, rotate, adjust colors in a picture.

                      Available for iOS | Android

                      6. Lapse It

                        Lapse it, as the name suggests is a time-lapse capturing photo app. Though there are many smartphones these days that have a slo-mo capacity, lapse it beats them all with its rich features and easy to shoot functions.

                        Of course, if your phone doesn’t come with a slo-mo capturing functionality, this app is hands down the best.

                        Features:

                        • Choose the interval between captures.
                        • Customize focus.
                        • Pre-set ISO.
                        • Battery saver mode that switches off screen while capturing videos for long hours.
                        • Crop videos and apply filters.
                        • Import videos and apply effects easily.

                        Available for iOS | Android

                        7. Perfect 365

                          Perfect 365 is a virtual make up app. It delivers exactly what it promises. It lets you retouch and apply makeup to deliver that spotless portrait photo.

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                          What’s more, you can explore makeup services with this app!

                          Features:

                          • Change color of your hair and your eyes.
                          • Whiten your teeth with one touch.
                          • Easily remove blemishes and dark circles.
                          • Sharpen your face structure for that perfect jaw-line.
                          • Easily apply virtual make-up to your photos.

                          Available for iOS | Android

                          8. Afterlight

                            Afterlight is a delight for people who want everything perfect in their photos. It has enough filters, styles and toning tools to please probably everyone.

                            It also has an amazing range of premium offerings (in-app purchases), that is non-intrusive and sets it apart from its peers.

                            Features:

                            • Abundant filters and frames.
                            • Varied options in lights and leaks.
                            • Designer letter frames that put your picture in that letter.
                            • AI powered contrast, shadows, highlights etc that understands your image.
                            • Filter collections (free) by popular photographers.
                            • Ability to add overlays, texts and even stickers.

                            Available for iOS | Android | Windows PC

                            9. Snapseed

                              This photo editing app is what we call an all-rounder. If you are looking for an app that is a jack of all trades, this is the one you should be looking to install.

                              It was originally developed by Nik Software, but was then taken over by Google. Now, the app has seen quite a lot of improvements including better user interface and user experience. Also, like most things Google, this app has all things free.

                              Features:

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                              • Simple and user friendly UI.
                              • Myriad of editing tools.
                              • Vintage filters, HDR adjustments.
                              • Remove unwanted objects.
                              • Apply “last edits” to a new photo.
                              • Available guides to better use the app.

                              Available for iOS | Android

                              10. Lens Distortions

                                This app is the best app if you are looking to add natural elements like sunlight, rain, fog, snow and other weather effects to your photos. A lot of apps do have this as an additional functionality, but Lens Distortions is the best in the business.

                                The USP of the app is that it makes it look so natural that viewers won’t be able to recognize that it is an added effect.

                                Features:

                                • Add natural elements like sunlight, snow etc.
                                • Add multiple layer of effects.
                                • Ability to adjust depth, sharpness and brightness of images.
                                • Blur effect.
                                • Adjust the depth of each overlay.

                                Available for iOS | Android

                                The bottom line

                                The marketplace is littered with thousands of photo editing apps, promising to transform your memory.

                                However, as a user, it is entirely for you to gauge what the important features you need in a photo editing app.

                                If you are a professional – you will need something advanced like Afterlight2 or Moldiv. For personal use there are even more options like Facetune, Touch Retouch and Perfect 365. If you need something specific like collage, time lapse, face -emojis – you can take your pick from apps like Lens Distortions and Pixlr.

                                Get explore and find what suits your needs!

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