Best Movies to Teach Kids Persistence

Learning doesn’t have to be boring.  Kids can learn from movies – especially if you take the time to prep them to watch and to have a discussion afterwards about what you hope they discovered.

Persistence is something I am trying to help instill in my own grandchildren.  It is, I feel, THE most important characteristic to have to get where you want to go.

Below are a few of my favorite movies to teach tweens about persistence.

Unstoppable PG-13 (2010) Starring Chris Pine & Denzel Washington

In this thriller, a runaway train must be stopped before it hits a populated area and goes off track and explodes. Denzel is Frank, the experienced train engineer running engine 777 with Will (Pine) as his conductor – just out of training.

Frank and Will initially try to get their engine 777 out of the way of the runaway – heading straight towards them on the main track. Once the runaway passes, Frank decides to try backing up to hook onto the end of the train to slow it down so that someone can climb on and take control. Through multiple challenges, and in direct opposition to what the bosses are saying, and even though he has been notified that he is being retired early, Frank persists in trying to stop the train.

Will initially lets home problems interfere with work, causing him to make mistakes. Frank persists in demanding that Will pay attention to work and teaches him to do it right. In the end, Will, with an injured foot, jumps from the engine (going 70 MPH) into a truck bed which carries him to the front of the train where he is able to climb aboard the runaway engine

Wall-e G (2008) – Disney Pixar animation Starring voices of Ben Burtt, Elissa Knight, Jeff Garlin

Wall-e, Eve, Burn-e and the little robot who cleans up Wall-e’s messy tracks all consistently persist in their goals. Wall-e and Eve try and try to get the little green plant to the spot on the ship that will take the ship back to earth. Burn-e overcomes many frustrating problems to replace a light bulb on the ships exterior and the little robot who cleans the floor is practically anal about keeping it clean!

Pursuit of Happyness PG-13 (2006) Starring Will Smith, Thandie Newton, Jaden Smith

Chris Gardner (Will Smith) is a risk taker who put his life savings on the line to buy portable medical scanners to resell at a profit. He persists in selling the scanners, even though they are hard to sell. He sees a chance to try for a financial broker internship (which turns out to be unpaid and highly competitive) and takes it once his wife leaves him.

In spite of doing multiple really stupid things (like leaving his expensive portable scanner with a stranger on the street), Gardner persists in keeping his son by his side through homelessness, getting thrown in jail for traffic tickets and other adversity and works smart and hard to meet his goal of winning the financial broker job.

Secretariat PG (2010) Starring Diane Lane, John Malkovich, Margo Martindale

Penny (Diane Lane) inherits a race horse from her parents and sets herself a goal of getting the horse to race and win. She goes against wishes of her spouse and her brother and multiple horse ‘experts’ to reach her goal.

My Fair Lady G (1964) Starring Audrey Hepburn, Rex Harrison, Stanley Holloway

In this classic musical Eliza demonstrates remarkable persistence in learning how to change the way she speaks so that she can become ‘a lady in a flower ship’ instead of a street girl selling cast off flowers to passerbys. She succeeds in spite of working without any acknowledgment of her efforts.

Ratatouie G (2007) Disney Pixar animation Starring voices of Brad Garrett, Lou Romano, Patton Oswalt

Remy the rat (Patton Oswalt) has a dream. He wants to become a great French chef despite being a rat and going against society’s inborn phobia of rodents as well as his rat family. He persists despite the ridicule of his family, not knowing how to cook, the need to team up with humans and the disapproval of his father.

Chicken Run G (2000) Dreamworks animation Starring voices of Mel Gibson, Julia Sawalha, Phil Daniels

Ginger the chicken (Julia Sawalha) tries and tries to find a way to organize a great escape (for all the fowls) from the chicken coop. When Rocky the rooster (Mel Gibson) comes flying over the fence, she just knows he can teach them all to fly. However, she soon finds out he is shot from a rocket at the local fair and can’t fly at all. Ginger persists in searching for ways to free them all and eventually succeeds, following several mis-steps.

A League of their own PG (1992) starring Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, Lori Petty

Although Dottie Hinson (Geena Davis) is the ‘star’ of the movie, it is really Kit Keller (Lori Petty) her sister who is the persistent one. When major league ball takes a hit due to the men going off to fight in WWII, league owners organize a women’s league. Kit gets wind of it and is stoked to join up, but the recruiter is more impressed with big sister Dottie. He finally agrees to take Kit if she convinces Dottie to join up. But once on the field, it is Dottie who becomes the persistent one – finding ways to bolster flagging ball game attendance by showing the women how to be more flamboyant players. Along the way, the women convert has been player, now coach – Jimmay Dugan (Tom Hanks) from being a drunken side stander to becoming an active and involved coach.

Erin Brockovich R (2000) starring Julia Roberts, Albert Finney, David Brisbin

Former beauty queen and unemployed Mom – Erin (Julia Roberts) persists in convincing Ed Masry (Albert Finney), the lawyer who unsuccessfully defended her in a car accident case, to give her job as a legal assistant. When he hands her a case, expecting her to do some simple followup, she goes on the road for days to interview the plaintiff and gather facts. She persists in developing the case against giant PG & E despite being ridiculed in the office, doubted by her boss, and beset with child care issues. Due to her persistence, folks who suffered cancer due to PG & E illegal dumping of toxic wastes, end up getting financial compensation to help with medical bills.

True Grit G (1969) starring John Wayne, Kim Darby, Glen Campbell

Teenager Mattie Ross (Kim Darby) is seeking vengeance against the murderer of her father. She is in town to pick up her father’s belongings to take them home, but decides to hire the best qualified person to help her hunt down the murderer – Marshall Rooster Cogburn (Wayne). This teen age fire ball, in a time way before women’s rights, speaks out, stands up and fights for what she wants – over and over again. She persists at every turn when society, Cogburn and others try to dissuade her from her goal. she hires her man, fights to go with him, and speaks her mind at every turn.

Finding the Best Low Radiation Mobile Phone for You

Cell phones are increasingly becoming a significant hazard in our daily lives. Continued mobile phone usage may result in lots of health issues due to its harmful radiation. Scientists discourage the use of smartphones as much as possible. However, there are some few tips that you can follow to reduce the exposure to these radiations. One of the greatest advices is careful selection of a Smartphone with the minimum possible amount of Specific Absorption Rate commonly referred to as SAR.


The SAR represents the standard unit of measurement for the amount of energy absorbed by your body when using a cell phone. The higher the SAR, the more the radiofrequency energy that serves as a great potential to body damage. It is a requirement that all mobile phone manufacturers have to publish these measurements that reveal the general level of radiation of the cell phone. By studying this value, it is easy to tell which mobile phone is the lowest emitter and which one is the highest emitter. The recommended SAR limit is 2.0W/KG averaged over 10 grams of actual tissue. Below is a list of mobile phones considered to be safe because of the low amounts of radiation that they emit:


Alcatel OneTouch Hero 2

Alcatel OneTouch has a low radiation emission rate. It emits approximately 0.43 W/KG and is considered a safe Smartphone for use.It is 4G enabled and runs on Android operating system v4.4. The mobile phone has a 5-inch capacitive touch screen with an internal storage capacity of 16GB. Its processor speed is 2.0 GHz, and the rear camera is 13.1 MP.


Samsung Galaxy A5

Samsung Galaxy A5 Smartphone emits an average SAR of 0.65 which is very low and safer to your health. It is regarded as the best Smartphone with low radiation emission. The cell phone supports 4G and a 5.0-inch display running on an Android v4.4 operating system. It has a 1.2 GHz Quad core processor and a 13 MP rear camera. Some people shy off from using their smartphone as a broadband modem by tethering them to any device, say a laptop or other mobile devices for fear of radiation. However, with the correct data from reputable companies such as Broadband Choices, Samsung Galaxy A5 has worked to eradicate such harmful effects.



LG G2 emits an average SAR of about 0.51 W/KG which makes it a safe cell phone to use. The Smartphone runs on an Android operating system and boasts a display of 5.2 inches IPS with a corning gorilla screen protection. It has a primary storage capacity of 32 GB and a powerful battery of approximately 3000 mAh.


Nokia Lumia 635

This Smartphone emits little radiation of about 0.97 W/KG on the head part and 0.77 W/KG on the body part. The cell phone is 4G enabled and runs on an Android operating system. Its screen size is 4.5 inches and a ROM capacity of 8GB which can serve you well.


ZTE Nubia 5

It is widely regarded as the safest Smartphone to use with a low emission rate of 0.225 W/KG SAR. It runs on an Android OS and has a primary storage capacity of 16GB. Its 5-inch screen display boasts of a 1080*1920 pixel resolution which enhances clarity of image display. Its clock speed is 1.5 GHz supported by a quad-core processor.


HTC One Max

According to the US standards, this particular Smartphone emits 0.81 W/KG which is considered safe and healthy by the Council of European Union. It is also available in China as HTC One Max Dual sim. The Smartphone has a giant screen measuring 5.9 inches and a 4MP camera. Its RAM is 2GB, and the ROM is 16GB. It runs on an Android operating system.

If your primary concern is about the radiation from your cell phone, you can take some simple steps to minimise the amount that is absorbed by your body. This may include using your headsets all the time and avoid putting your Smartphone on your ears directly. Try to switch to texting and minimise the number of calls you make or receive. You should only call when it is necessary. Avoid using your cell phone in locations where the signal strength is weak because as the phone struggles to search for the network, it emits maximum radiations.