With two tweens in under our roof, we have had many conversations about current social issues that take place in our community. Both girls interact with different cohorts of friends, each with different social economic backgrounds and family lifestyles. We try very hard to answer their questions to the best of our ability without too much lecturing. The questions can come during dinner, over breakfast or when we are snuggling up for some relaxing Netflix time. We have to be prepared whenever the questions arise.
My oldest DD recently started watching Pretty Little Liars and 13 Reasons. Pretty little Liars brought up questions about the lies people tell and how many issues can arise from rumors. Funny enough, this conversation has come up more often now that both girls are entering high school. Having conversations about “once-upon-a-time” friends, or those friends that are jealous and then unkind leads to our mantra of when they go we go high (thanks to Michelle Obama). While 13 Reasons, directed the conversation to the perils self-injurious behaviors and the importance of taking through problems instead of keeping them inside.
Recently Netflix brought teens and parents together to discuss their relationship. If you’re thinking of watching 13 Reasons Why with your teen and are looking for additional information, here are some resources to help navigate the conversation:
“You may not always understand your teen or tween. In fact, 70% of parents worldwide wish they had more to talk about with them. A recent Netflix study reveals a new place where you can find common ground: Entertainment. Canadian parents (82%) are already watching teen shows to feel closer to them and teens around the world (74%) are on board, saying they’d be interested in talking to parents about the shows they watch. With the majority (89%) of Canadian parents agreeing entertainment would give them something to talk about, let Netflix be the common ground and try taking a walk in your kid’s shows. “
Using Netflix as common ground for difficult conversations may ease the entry point for parents and their tweens. Happy viewing!