Evan will be turning ten in a few months. Over the last few weeks, more and more issues have come up that I feel like I need to talk to Evan about. Things that are crucial for him to know and realize. Things that are right and wrong and the ramifications for his stance on one side of the isssue or the other. Honestly, it’s exhausting. And how do you have these tough conversations with kids in a way they can understand?
I much prefer to pretend that I can just ignore the world and it will all just work out. Unforutnately, it doesn’t work that way. Just this week we’ve had discussions about racism (I can’t have him thinking that going to an event in black face in university is ok…what were those kids THINKING?), about what gender is and isn’t (brought upon by him telling me that a character in his video game was “genderless” so I asked him what gender was and how it might matter) and the list goes on.
What’s next? Sex! ZOMG. I can’t even wrap my little “isn’t he still 2?” brain around it. I’ve found that if we can stumble upon the subject, the conversations goes much better than if I try to have an official sit down with him. We listen to a lot of CBC radio so that starts many conversations but some of them are a little too deep.
So what is a girl to do?
Netflix just launched a reboot of the classic TV Sitcom One Day At a Time. I remember watching it as a kid. I will admit that I didn’t love it so I wasn’t sure about the reboot. Today’s version is MUCH more my taste. I love the casting and the story lines. What I didn’t realize was how many topics they weave into the stories that are perfect talking points for conversations with your kids. Now I have a plan…Evan and I need something to watch together. I want to see if he likes it. If so, here are some of the episodes we will be watching and then….it’s all on me to have those tough convos. Too bad I can’t let Netflix do that for me!
Want to talk about women’s issues and gender rights? Check out the Mansplaining episode.
See? Perfect definition of Mansplaining AND it’s funny.
What if you need to talk to your kids about your family economic situation? Let’s watch a snippet of the episode “Are we Poor?”
How about a discussion on immigration? Check out Lydia’s story.
Talking to kids with a little humor thrown in is a great way to get the lines of communication open without it being too heavy. In these days where the TV tells us there is yet another thing we need to talk about….we need all the humour we can get.
Disclosure: I am a part of the Netflix Stream Team. I am compensated for being a part of the group. All opinions in this post are my own.