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Episode 234: Don’t Know How to Talk with Your Kids About Entertainment? We Can Help! Plus, Kid-Friendly Games.


If you’re familiar with The Plugged In Show, you’ll know one piece of advice that we come back to again and again. Talk with your kids. Good conversation can help counterbalance the impact of bad entertainment.

But that whole talking thing isn’t always easy. Kids don’t always want to talk. Parents don’t always know what to say. And the longer you wait to start those good communication practices, the harder they are. For us to tell you to talk with your kids is all well and good. But the big question is … how?

Our panel of experts—Emily Tsiao, Bob Hoose and Jonathan McKee—will tackle that ticklish topic on this installment of The Plugged In Show. We’ll give you some pragmatic tips to ease into dialogue with your children, and we might even convince you that these conversations around entertainment can be entertaining themselves.

Then, after we’ve got the fun part covered, we’ll turn our attention to games: video games, that is. We’ve been reviewing a lot of family friendly fare lately, and our gaming expert Bob Hoose will be on hand to tell you about a few of them.

And then, since we’re talking about talking, it’s only appropriate that we’d like to invite you to do the same. Do you have questions about how to talk with your kids and teens? Do you have tips you’d like to share? What’s your favorite video game that you like to play with your kids?

Let us know via Facebook and Instagram. Write us an email at [email protected]. Or you can even leave us a voicemail, if you like—right on The Plugged In Show homepage.

And, as always, thanks for listening to us for a while. See? Conversations can be fun!

Paul Asay

Paul Asay has been part of the Plugged In staff since 2007, watching and reviewing roughly 15 quintillion movies and television shows. He’s written for a number of other publications, too, including Time, The Washington Post and Christianity Today. The author of several books, Paul loves to find spirituality in unexpected places, including popular entertainment, and he loves all things superhero. His vices include James Bond films, Mountain Dew and terrible B-grade movies. He’s married, has two children and a neurotic dog, runs marathons on occasion and hopes to someday own his own tuxedo. Feel free to follow him on Twitter @AsayPaul.