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Meet 'The Movie Mom'
by Betty Jo Tucker

Nell Minow, trusted advisor to parents about the best kid-friendly movies, TV and Web Entertainment, is the special guest on my “Movie Addict Headquarters” show on Tuesday, December 18, at 4 p. m. Eastern Time. The show is broadcast on  BlogTalkRadio, and an archived segment will be available after the live program.

Writing as “The Movie Mom,” Minow has been featured in The Chicago Sun-Times, USA Today, The Chicago Tribune, Parents, Family Fun and other publications.  She has been profiled by The New York Times, The Economist, Forbes, The Chicago Tribune and Ladies Home Journal.  Her book, The Movie Mom’s Guide to Family Movies, has helped parents from all over present their children with entertainment that is both safe and fun.

Minow recently moved her popular blog to the Beliefnet entertainment channel, the leading online community for spirituality and inspiration, where she will provide reviews, quizzes, tips and advice about which movies, DVDs, television programs and Internet sites are most appropriate for children of varying ages.  Visitors to are automatically directed now to the Beliefnet channel. 

“Beliefnet is the best possible place for me because it allows me to write about movies and popular culture in the context of family, community, values and meaning, which is where it belongs,” says  Minow.  “Movies are our modern-day myths, our sagas, our dreams made real.  They reflect our history and culture back to us and reinforce and pass on -- for better or worse -- those values to our children.  I am very happy to have a place to write about those issues and to enter into conversations with families to understand how these influences are transmitted and to help them respond.”

In her blog, Nell Minow guides parents through all the hype, and helps them reach an educated decision before they arrive at the theatre. Minow also provides reviews for holiday DVDs to ease the pressure of shopping for appropriate gifts for children.

“We’re so glad to have Nell’s expertise to offer Beliefnet readers.  She’s recognized, loved and respected by families in every community,” said Deborah Caldwell, Managing Editor for Beliefnet.  “She’s full of wise, creative and fun advice to help parents navigate the often rocky terrain of parenting in today’s media-saturated world.”

Listen to “The Movie Mom” by clicking on this BlogTalkRadio link on Tuesday, December 18, at 4 p.m. Eastern Time, or check out the archived segment anytime after that date.  It should be a fun and enlightening show!

(Thanks to Ilana Vasser of The Morris+King Company for sending me the press release about "The Movie Mom" and her move to Beliefnet.)

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