Even the best mother can only watch Alvin & the Chipmunks so many times. So, for Mother's Day, leave the kids with dad--or in another room--and take in a grown-up movie. Here are three new releases that will really hit home with moms: there's a documentary and a drama, both in theaters, and a comedy new to DVD. You don't even have to feel guilty because they can almost be considered a form of continuing education. Happy Mother's Day!
What It's About : Filmmakers follow four babies around the world from birth through their first birthday.
Why Moms Should See It: The babies are adorable and will make you think lovingly of your own.
Best Parenting Tip: As long as they're loved and stimulated, children hit their developmental milestones whether you take them to every Baby and Me class or leave them alone to amuse themselves.
Time-Out: A mother gets on the back of a motorcycle with her newborn.
MOTHER AND CHILD
What It's About : The lives of three women (Annette Bening, Naomi Watts, Kerry Washington) are dramatically affected by adoption.
Why Moms Should See It: It's a reminder that, for better or worse, there is no stronger influence on a child than a mother.
Best Parenting Tip: All you can do is your best.
Time-Out: Adoption causes as many problems as it solves.
What It's About : New York City mom Eliza Welch (Uma Thurman) tries to get through her endless to-do list and get ready for her daughter's 6th birthday party while working toward her goal to "finish the laundry--and a complex sentence."
Why Moms Should See It: Watching someone do the seemingly mundane things you do every day will give you a new respect for the job.
Best Parenting Tip: Enjoy each moment, no matter how hard it seems, because children grow up so fast.
Time-Out: A toddler is given a lollipop which causes him to choke.