The Movie Quote That Made Me a Better Parent

My lovely daughters will be 18 and 20 in a few months, and if you were to ask me what my parenting philosophy is, I might say it comes down to three words I heard in a movie more than 10 years ago.

I wish I could say the quote is from some deep, angst-y art film where the main character looks over her shoulder as she’s walking out the door and devastates the room with her parting words. Everyone cries at the truth of it and then by the time the credits roll they’ve become transformed into better humans.

But no, this quote is from the Disney film “Freaky Friday” (the 2003 remake, not even the original starring Jodie Foster) where a mother and a daughter somehow exchange souls after an incident with a fortune cookie in a Chinese restaurant. The mom (Jamie Lee Curtis) is dropping her daughter (Lindsay Lohan) off at school, and right before she drives off she calls out to her, “Make good choices.”

Make good choices.

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