It’s never easy to have a difficult conversation with your child. However, when embraced, these moments can be priceless. That’s why I treasure the times my kids and I sit on the couch together, and watch shows that are both age-appropriate, as well as thought provoking.
The upcoming episodes of Andi Mack, airing FRIDAY, NOV. 16, and FRIDAY, NOV. 30, (8:00-8:30 p.m. EST/PST) on Disney Channel, are just that. My daughter and her friends love to watch and talk about the show, and with these upcoming episodes addressing the complex issue of peer pressure, I am grateful for the opportunity to begin a conversation with my daughter.
Peer pressure, which I can remember experiencing myself so vividly, comes to the forefront as Andi’s best friend, Cyrus faces a pivotal moment of character and maturity.
As a mom of a 13-year-old, 7th grader, it is both my responsibility; but more so my privilege, to take full advantage of moments, such as the one prompted by this upcoming Andi Mack episode, to discuss the reality that my daughter faces in this ever-increasingly complicated world.
Created and executive produced by acclaimed writer Terri Minskey (Lizzie McGuire), Andi Mack is a contemporary coming-of-age story about a girl who’s trying to determine where she fits in. With the door opened by watching Andi Mack together I am able to naturally guide my daughter into hypothetical, yet crucial, questions of right and wrong in moments of peer pressure, just like the one faced by Cyrus.
So often television serves as an escape. However, the next time you see your child sitting on the couch, scooch right next to them and see where the conversation takes you.