Sunday, January 25, 2009

An American Girl: Chrissa Stands Strong

Saturday night I watched a great movie with Katie and Josiah that I have to recommend to any parent, especially those nearing middle school age. An American Girl: Chrissa Stands Strong is about a fourth grader and her friends dealing with bullying from a more popular girl in their class, and it touches on issues that many children deal with in school. Here's the NetFlix synopsis:

In the first American Girl film based on a modern-day character, young Chrissa finds her life turned upside down when she transfers to a new school, as she struggles to find her own way, make new friends and deal with a clique of bullies. Chrissa tries to adapt to her new surroundings, but she is targeted by a close-knit group of girls in this story about friendship and standing up for yourself.

I will tell you that not only did Katie love this movie, but I loved it, and want to buy it so we can watch it again. Trust me, you will not be sorry you watched this with your children. One of the key lessons in the movie is summed up in something the character Chrissa's mom says at the end of the film. It's never smart to be less than who you are, or to let anyone take anything away from you. A valuable lesson for children as well as adults.

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