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5 Conversations to Have with Your Kids After "Andi Mack"

Families can talk about the show's take on responsibility, friendship, secrets, and how love makes a true family.

Disney's sitcom Andi Mack is about a 13-year-old girl with a regular life and a pretty unique family. It's fresh, funny, diverse, and honest, and tweens are falling in love with it already. But it also deals with plenty of complicated issues that families might want to discuss, especially with younger kids and tweens. A big family secret and its aftermath are at the heart of the series, and it'll definitely open lots of doors for discussion with your kids. Try these questions to get the conversation started:

  • Talk about the everyday issues that Andi and her friends face. How does having each other make it easier to cope? Do any of their problems resonate with you? How do you feel when you make a mistake? How do those moments help you learn and grow?

  • How does this series present family relationships? Family secrets? How does Andi rely on both her friends and family for support when things are difficult?

  • Talk about telling the truth. Why do you think the grown-up Macks chose to keep such a big secret from Andi for so long? Do you think it was a good or bad idea? How are they now working together to make things right?

  • How does Andi use her communication skills to get through tough times and stay close with her family? What other character strengths are important to develop during your teenage years?

  • Does Andi feel pressure to look or act a certain way to fit in among her peers? Is peer pressure something that weighs on your mind? Is popularity important to you?

Polly Conway
As Common Sense Media's Senior TV Editor, Polly is responsible for championing the latest and greatest in TV for kids and families. She's an expert in the realm of shows that are created for (and/or appeal to -- not always the same thing!) kids, tweens, and teens, with a particular focus on educational television for young kids. An enthusiastic advocate for positive representation of girls and women in media, she also has her finger on the pulse of pop culture and speaks to the press regularly about the good and bad of kids' TV (highlights include a chat with the legendary Weird Al!). Before coming to Common Sense, Polly spent time developing her own writing career and served as an educator in Oakland's diverse schools. Both helped her discover a deep desire to give kids the best possible media experiences. Additionally, her BA in Acting from San Francisco State and MFA in Writing from California College of the Arts have given her a unique understanding of how great media is created, and she's always happy to discuss any episode of her #1 whole-family TV pick, Star Trek: The Next Generation. Email Polly at [email protected] or find her on Twitter.