Parental Guidance Movie & Giveaway Pack

We’ve all been there. I grew up in a strict household as far as sugary snacks went. I begged, fruitlessly, for Cap’n Crunch and Corn Pops. I was allowed about 1/2 a slice of cake on birthdays, and I was forced to take home-made chocolate chip cookies to school, instead of the Hostess Twinkies and Ding-Dongs my soul craved. But as soon as I gave my mother grandchildren, the woman’s parenting style did an about-face. She started buying chocolate milk by the gallon (oh that I was exaggerating, but I’m not), stocking her cupboards with all the sugary cereal she could get her hands on, and offering candies by the fistful. Except that now, I’d joined the ranks of the Boringly Upright and Adult, and I didn’t want my kids to have sugar. It was a constant battle.

I’m not the first parent to clash with her own parents over parenting the grandkids. I bet we all have our own stories.

There’s a new movie out about this classic battle, and I have to say it looks really fun! Parental Guidance, starring such comic greats as Billy Crystal and Bette Midler, comes out on Christmas Day. What better way to celebrate some high-quality family time than by laughing at others family’s misadventures? You won’t want to miss it.

In honor of the release of Parental Guidance, the studio is offering a great gift pack for one of our readers! Win a $50 Visa card (you could treat your parents to the movie!) as well as other fun items listed below.

One (1) winner:

  • $50 Visa for a day at the movies
  • Retro cassette iPhone case
  • Magnetic photo frame
  • Crap at My Parents House book

Parental Guidance stars Billy Crystal, Bette Midler, Marisa Tomei and Tom Everett Scott.


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) agree 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.

The movie opens Christmas Day. Check out  the official website to find out more PLUS create your with family story with Photobucket.

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Elizabeth enjoys a good comedy and may very well take her in-laws (coming for Christmas) to see this one.


  1. DEBIJOT says

    The boys don’t often get sugary sweets at home, so when they come to grandma’s house we make cupcakes, chocolate chip cookies and homemade vanilla shakes. (They love to come visit!)

  2. Lisa Brown says

    I am an aunt and I don’t spoil my niece or nephew that much, my sister does an outstanding job of spoiling them :)

  3. Karen Lynch says

    My daughters grandparents let her do almost anything she wants when she goes to their home. Make cookies, order food from Panera, go shopping.

  4. Barbara Montag says

    I don’t really spoil the grand kids except with Christmas shopping!
    I follow similar rules as their mom.
    Thank you.

  5. says

    The grandparents really don’t spoil our kids. They may let them get away with a little more than we do, but not too much. Which is probably why we get along so well. :)

  6. Laura Jacobson says

    Oh I spoil him with lots of hugs ….and tons of my undivided time! We spend alot of time each day just reading, coloring, playing playdough, and bowling! I am the official pin setter upper! haha….about 50 times a day at least…I set up the pins..he bowls them down and I set them up again. :) I am so blessed to have my sons family living with me and being able to watch my grandson grow up and change each day!

  7. says

    My son’s grandparents pretty much give him whatever he wants, and he gets some serious undivided attention. It is all good as far as I’m concerned. It makes them happy, and it makes him happy. Grandparents have earned the right to enjoy the kids and not be the bad guy. That is my job. Not that I’m the bad guy all the time, but I got the lessons I needed from my own parents. That is my job when it comes to my son.

  8. Leslie Galloway says

    My mom gives them way too much candy and coke!

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  9. Debbie Bashford says

    The grandparents over indulge mine at birthdays and Christmas, but are good the rest of the time, so I’m okay with it.

  10. Vickie COuturier says

    im such a bad grandparent,I fix them what they want to eat,buy them gifts a lot,go on their school field trips,eat with them at school sometimes,take them to an from school if needed,pick them up when they are sick,dont let Mom or Dad spank them at my house,I Know its wrong but I cant stand to see them cry,,they cuddle with me on the couch an sometimes i have both of them asleep in my lap,,they are 5 an 7 yr old boys,but I dont see nothing wrong with being spoiled by mamaw,,

  11. Ashley Hatten says

    my mom bakes them cookies, take them to the park, zoo, and let them do just about anything they want LOL thanks!

  12. Seyma Shabbir says

    My sons love to spend the night at their house, my mom cooks pizza, they get to watch ben 10, stay up late and have fun!

  13. Cindy B says

    Our grandson lives with us so we are both parents and grandparents which makes it difficult to spoil him like a grandma should! But I can spoil him now and then by letting him stay up a little later, fixing his favorite brownies, or greasing our way in to see his favorite NFL star for a quick visit and an autograph after the game :) He’ll never forget that one!

  14. says

    My mom spoils my kids by doing crafts with them often and having picnics with them. She also takes them out to eat when she can afford it and often takes them to church with her. Thanks.

  15. Don says

    My Mom has been buying many outfits for her grandson whom hasn’t even been born yet. I have the feeling that this kid’s going to be spoiled.

  16. Steph says

    My parents do not spoil or even visit or call my kids. They get plenty of treats and love from us to make up for absentee grandparents.

  17. Ellie W says

    I’m a grandma and my husband would tell you I wait on my little grandsons hand and foot. But I really don’t. I just find such joy in making them happy.

  18. says

    I am not sure I would call it spoiling, my mother in law makes it a mission to give them whatever they want when she takes them esp. foods I don’t allow them to eat.

  19. Anne Lehnick says

    I buy too much stuff for my kids. I try to hold onto things until they have earned them, but sometimes I’m really excited to see their reaction.

  20. Karen Medlin says

    I take them shopping and when they want something, they just have to whisper in my ear and they know they just might get it… it could be a date for a favorite movie, dinner at the pizza place or a new accessory for their outfits

  21. Carmen says

    I am a aunt, and i have my niece and nephew over for a sleepover and we have treats that their mom doesn’t let them have and I let them stay up later :)

  22. Lauren says

    My parents spoil their grandkids by getting them little toys (they have three setes of grandparents, though, so mine are a bit better than some of the others on the spoiling aspect LOL)

  23. Wild Orchid says

    My parents are always taking my son on cool outings and give him lots of attention.

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  24. MelissaO says

    No human baby yet, just a fur baby…the grandparents spoil him by taking him on multiple walks and feeding him lots of treats when he stays with them.

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  25. Michelle Hudak says

    My mom always buys my daughter her favorite snacks and cereal when she knows she’s coming over. My mother NEVER bought sweet cereal when I was growing up but my daughter gets it every time she goes to grandma’s house.

  26. says

    My parents always go all out for birthdays and Christmas. My parents seem to have a bit of a rivalry going with my in laws. They try to out-buy each other, and it ends up with my kids getting a ton!

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  27. K.Pugh says

    Our kids grandparents spoil our kids with pricey gifts we would normally reserve for special occasions. And of course they love them to pieces.
    Thanks for the chance.

  28. Tari Lawson says

    I am not sure spoil is the right word. However, they do enjoy spending time with them and will play games with them or treat them to a meal or small gift when they are together.

  29. Amanda J. says

    My grandparents always gave me everything I wanted -sugar cereals, ice cream for dinner. I’m not an aunt or a parent, so I figure this is as close as I get :)

  30. katklaw777 says

    My parents luv to have the kids sleepover and Grandma always make her special chocolate chip pancakes for them the next morning!

  31. Aimee Fontenot says

    I spoil my nieces and nephews with tons of hugs and kisses and attention. I love going see them and I like to bring a movie or something when I can to give them.

  32. Louis says

    there are no grandparents in my family – but gifts are always a great way to spoil kids
    Thank you for hosting this giveaway

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  33. Samantha Daleo says

    Oh they give them everything! Sweets, toys we won’t let them have, anything and everything they ask for. I think its great though, it will provide magical memories for when they are gone.

  34. Stephanie says

    I love to spoil my 5 nieces and nephews! I take them shopping as much as I can and let them pick out whatever they want! We go get ice cream and I give them a bunch of candy! And then, when they are all hyped up, I send them back to my sisters 😉 So much fun! I love my babies so much, like they are my own! They are getting so big! I only get to see them when I go visit them (usually around Christmas) and I take full advantage of it!

  35. Candice Hull says

    Every time we take the boys to see any of the grandparents, they give them tons of candy and cookies and always buy them toys
    thank you

  36. Michelle Tucker says

    I’m an aunt, and Im a sucker. I’ve got 21 nieces and nephews that know how to get just what they want from me. It’s okay though because I love to spoil them.

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