“Parental Guidance” In Theaters on Christmas Day + Giveaway

By Shannon Gosney
In Giveaways
December 24, 2012

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You’ll both laugh and cry when you watch Parental Guidance this holiday season.  Frank and I saw a screening of the movie and we both really enjoyed it a lot!  I think we enjoyed it mostly because we could totally relate (with the exception of not giving our kids sugar).  How often do we as parents hear how our parents would do it if our child were actually their child?  Way too many times!  Parental Guidance (Rated PG) comes to theaters from Twentieth Century Fox on Christmas Day and it’s a movie you won’t want to miss!

Parental Guidance


Parental Guidance


Old school grandfather Artie (Billy Crystal), who is accustomed to calling the shots, meets his match when he and his eager-to-please wife Diane (Bette Midler) agrees to babysit their three grandkids when their type-A helicopter parents (Marisa Tomei, Tom Everett Scott) go away for work.  But when 21st century problems collide with Artie and Diane’s old school methods of tough rules, lots of love and old-fashioned games, it’s learning to bend – and not holding your ground – that binds a family together.


Billy Crystal, Bette Midler, Marisa Tomei, Tom Everett Scott, Bailee Madison


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Parental Guidance Prize Pack


1 lucky person will win a Parental Guidance Prize Pack from 20th Century Fox, including:

–       $25 Visa Gift Card for a day at the movies
–       Retro cassette iPhone case
–       Magnetic photo frame
–       Crap at My Parents House book

Prize valued at $50.

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I received a prize pack for my participation in this campaign from 20th Century Fox.  The giveaway was sponsored by  20th Century Fox.  All opinions expressed in this post are 100% mine.

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Shannon Gurnee is the author of RedheadMom formerly "The Mommy-Files", a national blog with a loyal following. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Marriage, Family, and Human Development with a Minor in Business Management. Shannon and her husband, Frank, have a large family with 6 awesome kids and love living on the Central Coast near San Luis Obispo, California, as well as traveling around the world. A full-time Social Media and Professional Blogger, Shannon also serves as a National Brand Ambassador for many well-known companies. Her blog focuses on motherhood, family fun activities, traveling, fashion, beauty, technology, wedding ideas and recipes while providing professional opinions on products, performances, restaurants, and a variety of businesses.

279 Responses to ““Parental Guidance” In Theaters on Christmas Day + Giveaway”

  1. Tracy Robertson says:

    My Mom use to always say “Work smart, not hard”, I’m still trying to figure out how to do that and make a living at the same time, LOL!

  2. Ashley Hatten says:

    get an education so you can take care of yourself

  3. Lisa Brown says:

    My parents never gave advice and still don’t.

  4. Mary Happymommy says:

    No advice was given.

  5. robyn paris says:

    they always tell me to treat people the way you want to be treated

  6. rondah says:

    my dad gives me financial advice

  7. Caitlin McClure says:

    Don’t put all your eggs in one basket 🙂

  8. Jessie C. says:

    Trust your instinct.

  9. stephanie says:

    be positive and be happy

  10. debbie says:

    my mother never gave me advice, or much else for that matter.

  11. Adrienne gordon says:

    they always taught me the importance of family

  12. Margaret Smith says:

    Try to do your best and in sticky situations, keep your head.

  13. Cynthia C says:

    Mom always told me to be nice to everyone.

  14. My mother is always giving me food advice.

  15. Janet W. says:

    My parents always taught me to never burn any bridges with people!

  16. Sandy VanHoey says:

    The advice I got was to do good in school so we could get a good job one day and it would pay off. I didn’t much listen and regret that now

  17. Joseph Stowell says:

    Go to college was their main mantra because neither of them went to college.

  18. Natalie U says:

    To not lie because it will come back on you….I still use that with my own kids
    pedidentalasst at yahoo dot com

  19. sandra says:

    try you’re best

  20. hollowsins says:

    to always be the best you can..even if it isn’t perfect

  21. Carly says:

    My mom taught me everything I know about cooking.

  22. sarah hirsch says:

    Don’t worry about what other people think

  23. Jennifer says:

    I get great financial advice from my parents!

  24. D SCHMIDT says:

    My parents give me advice on feeding my sons

  25. Kathleen says:

    treat others as you want to be treated

    kport207 at gmail dot com

  26. Claudia says:

    Go to school and get an education and treat others the way you wanted to be treated.

  27. Jennifer Marie says:

    Be polite to elders.

  28. clarissa says:

    obey your husband

  29. Discipline your kid! 🙂

  30. Bo says:

    My mother always tells me not to eat too much while shoveling food on my plate.

  31. Karen Medlin says:

    Think before you speak and you know what is right and what is wrong always try and do what is right.

  32. Shemp DeYoung (@ShempGames) says:

    If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.

  33. Jennifer T. says:

    My parents give me advice all the time. Sometimes, it’s more forceful and phrased as “suggestions”. I ask for their advice mostly on discipline.

  34. Jackie says:

    I don’t know that they actually give me advice….but I try to be the kind of parent they are.

  35. Rebecca Graham says:

    They told me to respect my elders.

  36. Rochelle says:

    My mom says take one day at a time. Thanks!

  37. Kim Burnett says:

    No advice was given

  38. Mary Calabrese says:

    Drive slow in bad weather.

  39. cheryl says:

    live each day with no regrets

  40. Monique Rizzo says:

    Honesty is the best policy.
    Thanks for the chance.

  41. KIM H says:

    To listen

  42. Tamar says:

    it’s not a good idea to have 2 kids in diapers so space them out

  43. Stacey B says:

    My Mom doesn’t offer advice a lot as she tends to stay out of others people’s business but my Dad is always giving me advice on everything, anytime I come to him with an issue

  44. Ellie W says:

    My parents are both gone now but they always told me to be honest and kind towards others.

  45. Geoff K says:

    They always tell me to “keep my eye on the prize,” which is helpful advice when I start to get stressed or frustrated at work or in my home life!

  46. Tabathia B says:

    Don’t listen to your inlaws

  47. valerie says:

    don’t forget to bring a sweater

  48. Barbara Montag says:

    My mom – don’t forget your glasses!
    Thank you.

  49. Lauren says:

    my parents always tell me to be who I am and don’t worry about other people so much

  50. Stacy says:

    My mom always told me that if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything!

  51. kymi a says:

    my mom always told me to believe in myself, focus on what I want to achieve and push on strong.

  52. Crystal F says:

    Never really gave any advice. I learned what not to do by watching them. I loved them but they made many mistakes in life that taught us all lessons. thank you!

  53. nannypanpan says:

    save money for your future

  54. Jill says:

    When tackling a project, do a little each day and it won’t seem so overwhelming.

  55. Michelle C says:

    My dad always encouraged me to speak up for myself. Thanks for the chance to win!
    mrsmchappell at gmail dot com

  56. Jennifer B says:

    Want something,.WORK for it! And always be on time and never call in

  57. Renee G says:

    My mom taught me – never go to bed angry.

  58. Kimberly Schotz says:

    Be married at least 5 years before getting pregnant

  59. Julie says:

    To enjoy life and to do what makes me happy

  60. Noreen says:

    Give lots of hugs

  61. Cynthia R says:

    enjoy life, my mom is always telling me to look nicer and when i do dress up giving me lots of compliments

  62. Daniel M says:

    the golden rule, do unto others as you would have them do unto you

  63. Tammy Shelton says:

    That the road runs east and west and there’s no anchor tied to my a**

  64. […] Parental Guidance Prize Pack Giveaway (ends January […]

  65. Sarah L says:

    Why did you close this early? According to the Terms:
    Contest will close at 12:00 a.m. PST on January 6th, 2013! Any entries after this time will be disqualified! Contest open to U.S. residents only.

  66. […]  Hope you had a great Christmas and an even better New Year!  Just an announcement that the “Parental Guidance” Prize Pack Giveaway has been re-opened and will now end on January 13th, 2013.  There was a technical glitch that […]

  67. Shannon says:

    The giveaway has been re-opened. There was a technical glitch with the previous giveaway. Good luck everyone! 🙂

  68. Sarah L says:

    My folks always said: You can be anything you want to be. (this was pretty unusual to tell a girl child in 1955)
    Thanks for the contest.

  69. Tina W says:

    My Dad always told us to find a good husband. (I am 46 and have never been married, so…..)

  70. Allison Downes says:

    Never lend out money to anyone

    Thanks for the great giveaway!

  71. Austin Baroudi says:

    Don’t let anyone walk all over me and always stand up for myself and what I believe in!

  72. Lizzy says:

    To trust in God

  73. Steph says:

    My parents bascially told us to treat people the way we wanted to be treated ourselves. And be kind to animals.

  74. Lizzy says:

    I commented on the Trick or Treating post.

  75. Stephanie Phelps says:

    My parents have always told me that enjoy all the moments now because before you know it the kids will be grown and leaving home!

  76. vickie couturier says:

    they told me,”be not a lender nor a b orrower be” an is that so true espically with family,,dont lend money or borrow it from friends or family

  77. sandra says:

    always do your best

  78. D SCHMIDT says:

    To always make my children eat at the table

  79. Cynthia R says:

    to enjoy because it goes by so fast

  80. Lauren says:

    Believe in yourself and don’t surround yourself with negative people

  81. Carmen says:

    Honesty is the best policy

  82. Missy L says:

    To be a hard worker and help others out of kindness, expecting nothing in return.

  83. shelly says:

    My parents always told me to say thank you when receiving any kind of gift, whether it’s something I liked or wanted or not. They taught me a spirit of gratefulness.

  84. Barbara Montag says:

    My mom always said not to be too friendly with strangers – thank you.

  85. Tracy Allen says:

    Don’t listen to what people say – watch what they do

  86. Bo says:

    My mother always told me to eat well, exercise and stand up straight!

  87. Carolsue says:

    They said: Don’t crack my knuckles or they will get really big and ugly! HAHAHA

  88. Miz Vickik says:

    Always look both ways before crossing the street =)

  89. Deb C says:

    My Mom told me not to swallow chewing gum. Why, I don’t know.

  90. Louis says:

    always be true to yourself
    Thank you for hosting this giveaway

    pumuckler {at} gmail {dot} com

  91. Ashley Hatten says:

    best advice my Mom gave me was never let anyone or anything change who you are

  92. Karen Medlin says:

    The advice my parents gave me is to Think before you speak

  93. Robin says:

    Treat people as you want to be treated

  94. Valerie Taylor Mabrey says:

    Always know what you believe
    vmkids3 at msn dot com

  95. from my mom…do it yourself to save money and don’t call in a contracter or repair man
    from my dad…work hard for what you deserve and get respect or move on…

  96. Denise says:

    Work before play. Always

  97. kim e says:

    Unfortunately, my parents were ot around when I was younger, so most of what I learned in life came from my own experiences.

  98. Vikki Billings says:

    My mom and dad always told me, treat everyone with respect and that is what you will get back.

  99. Jaque R. says:

    My mother’s favorite was “kill ’em with kindness”….a very wise woman. 🙂 Thank you.

  100. Caitlin McClure says:

    Treat others as you want to be treated

  101. Don D says:

    Don’t worry….be happy… Wait a minute, did my dad get that from that song?

  102. Angela Cisco says:

    Their advise was do as I say not as I do

  103. Kiara says:

    Treat others as you want to be treated.

  104. Tamar says:

    my parents say to stay strong

  105. Rosanne says:

    Not to tempt the Lord

  106. Karen Medlin says:

    commented on post-http://www.themommy-files.com/2012/12/start-the-new-year-with-delicious-muffin-cups-from-johnsonville/comment-page-1/#comment-263195

  107. amie says:

    advice my parents have given me would be to always be yourself and love yourself before others will love you

  108. jennifer marie says:

    My mom always says don’t give up.

  109. Lisa Garner says:

    My mom always told me to enjoy high school because time goes so fast and before I know it I will be a grandmother.

  110. hollowsins says:

    always try your hardest and never take crap from anyone-those are the most important lessons we learned

  111. Susan Smith says:

    My Mom always said to treat others as you would want to be treated

  112. amy delong says:

    never give up

  113. Heather S says:

    follow your dreams

  114. danica says:

    what advice haven’t they given me would be a better question! They have an opinion on everything

  115. Eileen Burke says:

    They have told me to never give up.

  116. howard wiener says:

    Don’t compete with others, only yourself.


  117. Amber says:

    My parents have advised me not to marry until I am 30

  118. Tina Bartunek says:

    Learn to take care of yourself!

  119. Cody Anderson says:

    Save for the future.

  120. danielle lima says:

    to marry my husband

  121. Patti Hess says:

    Be nice and respect others and wear clean underwear lol

    pattifritz2000 at yahoo.com
    thank you

  122. Denise S says:

    To never believe anything I read and only half of what people say.

  123. SHAYNA says:



  124. Katie Contests says:

    Their advice is to be true to myself!

  125. Renee says:

    One day you will thank me for this.

  126. Erica C. says:

    Some great advice is to not settle…don’t give up on your expectations.

  127. Shannon says:

    Go on adventures!

  128. Kelly D says:

    My parents told me to find work that I enjoy and never stop learning.

  129. Shemp DeYoung (@ShempGames) says:

    Always wear clean underwear

  130. Donna L says:

    My mother told me to always try my best.

  131. Jill H says:

    If you have a big project, tackle a little each day and it won’t seem so overwhelming.

  132. Stephanie says:

    My dad has always told me that people suck (in other words, don’t let other people get you down).

  133. Jacob says:

    Never borrow money unless an absolutely last resort; whether from a friend or a real loan

  134. Steve Stone says:

    dont eat too much birthday cake youll get sick

  135. carol gentry says:

    To be honest in everything I do.

  136. Linda G. says:

    The advice was always do the best you can

  137. Heather Houseknecht says:

    They always remind me to cheer up…because we don’t have it that bad.

  138. Debra Hall says:

    to always tell the truth no matter what

  139. Lim says:

    Go for it. That’s it.

  140. carol lewis says:

    Not to drink when out with a boy. Can’t remember much else.

  141. Jacob LaFountaine says:

    Buck up. Don’t be a crybaby

  142. Jessica Carnaggio says:

    My parents told me to work hard and save my money.

  143. Danielle Wood says:

    Don’t talk to strangers!

  144. wendy rozema says:

    to follow my dreams!

  145. Elisabeth says:

    They always tell me to take vitamins.

  146. edq143 says:

    Just keep going don’t look back

  147. kelley wood says:

    to always be nice to people…and not burn bridges…those people may be underwriting your mortgage one day 🙂

  148. to never give up and always keep trying

  149. Russell Moore says:

    Finish what you start, and try to see things from all sides.

  150. Stephanie Larison says:

    Save your extra money, some day you might not have enough and it will come in handy.

  151. Karen says:

    That I can do anything I set my mind to. Thanks for the giveaway.

  152. Jason says:

    The best advice is to be careful with my money

  153. Paula Tavernie says:

    Always be patient no matter what the situation is!
    ptavernie at yahoo dot com

  154. Carly B. says:

    follow your heart

  155. Linda Lansford says:

    mom told me to always keep my chin up

  156. Ashley Morrissey says:

    Always try your best!

  157. Ashley says:

    you can do anything you want to do

  158. Kimberly Schotz says:

    Wait five years before we started a family

  159. Rich Hicks says:

    Treat others as you wish to be treated

    ardy22 at earthlink dot net

  160. Kathleen S. says:

    Always live under your means, not above your means. This has saved me a lot of grief moneywise.

  161. Brittney House says:

    never give up on your dreams

  162. renee walters says:

    My Mother told me not to marry anyone unless I like his parents because once you marry, you are stuck with them. Truer words were never spoken!

  163. Wendi P says:

    My folks always said to not judge a book by its cover. So true!

  164. kathy pease says:

    my mom always taught me to be responsible and that bills come before fun and she taught me to be honest

  165. Melissa says:

    to follow your heart!

  166. Claudia says:

    treat others as you want to be treated and stay in school.

  167. Kim W says:

    My dad always taught me to admit to nothing, he might have been kidding

  168. Tracy says:

    Wear a hat and mittens! Famous advice from my mother 🙂

  169. kelly nicholson says:

    Tell me in a comment what advice your parents have given you.

    GET OUT!..Seriously!

  170. Sophie S says:

    There has been a lot of advice, but stay in school was the big one.

  171. Gennie Lancaster says:

    To treat others as you wish to be treated!

  172. Kelly Britton says:

    My parents taught me that I could be anything I wanted to be but it took hard work and persistence.

  173. Andrew Jorgenspn says:


  174. Chastidy says:

    Enjoy every moment they grow up too fast 🙂

  175. letessha says:

    Never give up on what you believe in.

  176. chadro says:

    respect others property

  177. Derek T says:

    To get my life together and succeed.

  178. liz l says:

    Save money as you never know when an emergency can happen

  179. Jennifer says:

    pick your battles!

  180. Aubrey says:

    love one another

  181. Tanya Bartlett says:

    To always take responsibility for my actions

  182. Michelle W says:

    My parents always taught me to be honest

  183. shaunie says:

    To always be grateful

  184. Mary Cloud says:

    To always be there for each other when one family member needs another
    annabella @ centurytel dot net

  185. melissa Resnick says:

    Treat others as you want to be treated.

  186. harolde says:

    Don’t give your kids everything they want.

  187. Melanie Montgomery says:

    Trust my gut

  188. Tricha says:

    Treat others like you want to be treated

  189. Virginia Rowell says:

    My advice was always if you get in a fight , you better win.

  190. Ed Nemmers says:

    “Bridges freeze before roads.”

  191. Deanna says:

    Do as I say, not as I do, which I have caught myself telling my kids on more than one occasion. 😉

  192. tammie says:

    to put vinager in the mouth for biting

  193. Jimmy says:

    Treat others like you want to be treated

  194. Dawn Reid says:

    To treat everyone equal

  195. Julie Jones says:

    save money even if it’s just a little bit each week.

  196. richelle bowers says:

    always do what’s best for your kids

  197. Emmy says:

    “Do what makes you happy”

  198. Charlene Shaver says:

    They said to always be honest 🙂

  199. Shirley Hicks says:

    treat others the way you would want to be treated

  200. Angela Neynaber says:

    To relax and enjoy my babies.

  201. jessica edwards says:

    dont sweat the small stuff

  202. Marty Harris says:

    You can do what you want

  203. Marty Harris says:

    That was cool. I would like to have one of those.

  204. Estela S says:

    Always remember who you are and where you came from.

  205. Aimee Fontenot says:

    My mom taught me almost everything I know. The best advice she gave me was to be the person I can be proud of at all times.

  206. Michelle S says:

    To be patient…

  207. Deb K says:

    My Mom told me treat others as you want to be treated

  208. Michelle Tucker says:

    My dad said no matter what you do, be happy in doing it.
    Michelle Tucker

  209. Roxann says:

    My parents told me to always be myself. That I didn’t have to impress anyone and if people didn’t like me for me then it was their problem not mine.

  210. lisa says:

    Always do your best and be true to yourself

  211. Jennifer R says:

    My dad always told me to always fill my gas tank when it got to 1/2 empty because it was better for the vehicle.

  212. s riches says:

    My parents taught me to work hard and always be fair.

  213. Do what is right for you, not others.

  214. Tricia Andrews says:

    Try everything once, don’t be afraid.

  215. Jenny says:

    My mom gave me the advice of enjoying every minute the my kids are young because it goes by too fast. She was right!

  216. Lori C. says:

    to save for a rainy day

  217. amy deeter says:

    my parents taught me never to give up

  218. Sandy V. says:

    Take care of your health.

  219. Mary Jamison says:

    treat other like you would like to be treated

  220. judy l says:

    only pay with cash

  221. Carole Ingram says:

    Wowzers, I don’t remember any advice from my mom, she was very free spirited so , she never really said anything until I was in my late teens… the one thing she did say was “When falling in love, be careful not to fall for the wrong guy, he needs to have a good sense of humor and it needs to work “everywhere” including the bedroom!” LOL Yes, she did tell me that! Also told me that “we don’t have kids for ourselves, but for others…eventually, they do leave and marry”. OUCH! LOL Love my mom! lol

  222. barb hunt says:

    Thanks for the great contest

  223. iyellit says:

    Never use your credit card after midnight 🙂

  224. Tim Moss says:

    My Dad used to tell me that I’ve got ‘ways of life’ meaning stubbornness I suppose.

  225. clynsg says:

    My dad gave me lots of tips about driving on slippery roads–still need them even today since although I no longer live in Minnesota, it can be even worse here in Oklahoma because it is so frequently ice on winter days!

  226. Claire McKeon says:

    Be true to yourself, do not change to fit someone else’s ideal

  227. TAylor says:

    Great article! loved it!

  228. Jill Myrick says:

    My mom always says “The truth might not make you popular. But it is always best.


  229. Erika P. says:

    Always keep your hands clean

  230. suzzie says:

    Never to worry about anything becaue at the end it will all fall into place for good 😀

  231. Shawn says:

    The best advice was not to lie, to be honest.

  232. susan smoaks says:

    the best advice my parents ever gave me was to spend less than i earn

  233. Gianna says:

    Nothing good, sorry!

  234. Veronica Garrett says:

    My parents taught me that a stranger is a friend that I haven’t met yet. Always treat everyone as a friend.

  235. Amy says:

    Try your hardest!

  236. Melissa Shirley says:

    To be myself and not to let anyone chage who i am

  237. Susan Climan says:

    Get plenty of sleep, dress for the weather and always carry cash.

  238. carol j says:

    to respect your elders.

  239. Susan King says:

    My best advice from my parents have given me is send the kids outside on cold days.

  240. Mary Jacobowitz says:

    Love reflects love.

  241. Lisa says:

    to never lend out money.

  242. Heather Venable says:

    My parents always taught me to be respctful of others.

  243. Andrew L. says:

    To enjoy the children while they are young.

  244. Trisha McKee says:

    My mom taught me to have a sense of humor to get through rough times and to follow what I love career-wise.

  245. lauren knott says:

    My parents have tons of advice for us but probably the number one thing is to not rack up debt.

  246. jessica schueler says:

    You have to work for what you get!

  247. Leah Shumack says:

    If you can’t say nothing nice don’t say nothing at all

  248. Ellen Brower says:

    Always brush your teeth and wear clean panties.

  249. Ciara B. says:

    to always be honest

  250. Samantha says:

    They always told me to treat people the way you want to be treated.

  251. latisha depoortere says:

    To be myself and not change who I am for someone else!

  252. Jane H says:

    My dad says you could be anything if you put your mind to it.. Thank you for the opportunity to win.

  253. Peggy Rydzewski says:

    Never to pass judgement

  254. Yona says:

    Always have your sibling’s back

  255. laurie says:

    my parents taught me to treat people like i wanted to be treated

  256. Yona says:

    Commented on Light Bulb Makeover

  257. S. Whittle says:

    Take your vitamin C

  258. Elizabeth Miller says:

    Not to do what they did.

  259. Candie L says:

    My personality will get me far. Thank you

  260. jeanne conner says:

    you give respect, you get respect..

  261. Jean says:

    Check the oven to be sure it is empty before turning it on to preheat.

  262. Laura Bradley says:

    always look out for A #1- YOURSELF!

  263. Patricia Wojnar Crowley says:

    To be careful driving on wet leaves….because they can be as slippery as ice.

  264. Shea Balentine says:

    What goes around, comes around

  265. play well with others

  266. Kay Watkins says:

    My dad said never sell any of your land because they’re not making anymore of it.

  267. meme says:

    be the best person you can be and don’t worry what other people think

  268. julie hawkins says:

    treat others how you want to be treated

  269. Joy Q says:

    To be kind and helpful to others

  270. Bryan E. says:

    Thanks for the giveaway… In life, we are ALL in this TOGETHER….act accordingly.

  271. Sand says:

    Live by the golden rule.

  272. Kati says:

    Its ok to be different because that makes you stand out from the crowd

  273. Barbara Long says:

    My parents advised me that life isn’t meant to be easy which I try to keep in mind during rough times.


  274. My mom always told me to live by my budget and to spend my money wisely.

  275. Shawna says:

    To work hard for what I wanted.

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