We have had a lot of requests from our readers to delve into some of the popular TV shows and talk about how parents and teens can watch these shows together. We write a lot about ‘teachable moments’ where parents can use experiences to talk to and teach their teens important values and lessons. TV shows can actually be great opportunities for parents and teens to talk! In the next few weeks we will be posting about some of the episodes of popular shows that parents and teens can watch together along with talking points!
What is Glee?
Glee is a great show to bring up interesting discussion points with your teens and family. The show brilliantly (and often humorously) brings up important issues for all modern teenagers. I encourage families to actually watch the show together and talk about issues that arise during each episode.
Summary of Glee Season 2 Episode 3
In this episode Finn and Rachel try to lose the duet competition so Sam and Diana win to make it to finals. Artie loses his virginity to Artie and Curt’s dad get’s better and him and Rachel bond over being lonely.
Glee Conversation Starters for Teens and Parents
1) How would you feel if one of your parents got sick? Is there anything you would want them to know?
2) Why do you think Rachel feels so lonely?
3) What do you think of the romantic closeness of the two girls? Is that appropriate? Does that happen in real life?
4) Do you think Diana should focus on herself now that she has had a baby, or do you think she should try to be social?
5) Who would you like to sing a duet with? What would you sing?
6) What do you think about what Artie said to Brittany about taking his virginity? Artie said that his virginity meant something to him and he was upset Brittany did not care about it. Do you know girls like this? Boys like this?
7) What do you think about the friends of Glee club using each other to get the best duets? Is that friendship or is that using your friends? If the characters were more honest with each other about this, would that have been better?
Then make some of your own! Watching television does not have to be a passive experience, be sure to take advantage of the issues that your shows bring up.
Stay tuned for more posts and co-viewing guides for some Modern Family episodes, Gossip Girl, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Glee and more!