A Parent’s Guide to Glee: What Parents Should Know While Watching Glee

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.

Glee Conversation Starters for Parents and Teens:

For the show in general, there are many great talking points families can discuss to get to know each other better:

1) Which is your favorite character?

2) Which character do you feel you are most similar to? Is this different or the same than your favorite character, why?

3) What is your Glee Club? Is there something that you love to do, but is not necessarily considered ‘cool?’

4) If you had to sing a song about yourself, what song would you sing?

5) Do you think the characters are realistic or are they extreme versions of real life people?

6) What serious issues has this show brought up that you were surprised by? (LGBT, Religion, Media, Sexualization…)

7) If you could write an episode of Glee, what issue would you want to discuss?

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!

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