A great way to stay connected with your child during
winter is to watch a movie together. Sometimes
discussions about sex and sexuality are easier if
parents can use whatever is happening in a movie as
a way to start a conversation. Using scenes and
situations in movies can be a great way to share your
values and check in with your child about theirs.
Notice your own reactions to scenes and identify
things you would like to raise with your child. You
might invite discussion with open-ended questions
about the movie either during an “intermission” or
after it ends.
- What did you think about the way the mom
spoke to her daughter?
- What do you think the boy might have been
thinking when he made that decision?
- How far do you think humans would go for
- Were there any parts in that movie that
concerned or bothered you?
- Why do you think they had an argument?
What could they have done differently?
- Who did you admire most? Why?
Pop the popcorn, pop in a DVD and start the
Akeelah and The Bee, 2006 PG
Eleven-year-old Akeelah from South Los Angeles has
a talent for words and spelling. She learns about
friendship, communication and family support through
her spelling bee quest.
Anastasia, 1997 G
This animated story about a lost Russian princess and
her quest to find her true identity offers a strong
female role model for young girls through the use of
adventure, sensitivity, history and relationship issues.
March of the Penguins, 2005 G
This documentary follows the journey of the Emperor
penguins as they travel over 100 miles across the
Antarctic continent. The penguins brave freezing
cold temperatures and winds and icy waters, risking
predators and starvation. They do this all for love
102 Dalmations, 2000 G
An animated sequel to 101 Dalmations that contains
suspense, action, romance, and conflict resolution.
The portrayal of some men as stereotypically foolish
gives an opportunity to talk about gender
What’s Cooking? 2000 PG-13
Four families celebrate Thanksgiving. Conflicts
emerge and secrets are revealed. Different
stressors and tensions are observed through their
cultural diversity. All of the families are challenged to
find love and meaning.