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5 Conversations to Have with Your Kids After "Born in China"

Families can talk about everything from the importance of courage to what animals can teach us about nature.

Narrated by John Krasinski, Born in China is a fascinating nature documentary that introduces families to snow leopards, golden monkeys, and giant pandas living in remote parts of China. It's family-friendly overall, with messages about courage, but there are intense scenes of animals in peril and fighting for survival. Which means there's plenty for families to talk about! Try these discussion questions for kids:

  • Why do you think wildlife documentaries are so popular? What attracts families to nature films? Are they more appropriate for kids than other live-action movies? Why, or why not?
  • Does humanizing animals in movies such as Born in China make them more or less relatable? How are some of the animals depicted as "good" or "bad"?
  • How does the movie show the importance of courage? Why is that a key character strength?
  • Kids: Did you find any of the movie scary or upsetting? Why, or why not? How much scary stuff can young kids handle?
  • Why do you think TaoTao's father forced him away from his family? Can you understand choices like that when they happen in nature?
Betsy Bozdech

Betsy's experiences working in online parenting and entertainment content were the perfect preparation for her role as Common Sense's editorial director. After earning bachelor's and master's degrees from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism in 1997, she began her editorial career at BabyCenter.com and then served as an editor at Reel.com, Emode.com, and AOL's Digital City before working as the site content manager at Netflix for three years -- and then joining Common Sense Media in 2006. She's a lifelong movie and TV fan (favorites include The Princess Bride, 30 Rock, Some Like It Hot, Saturday Night Live, and Star Wars) and is delighted to have a job that makes keeping up on celebrity and pop culture news a necessity -- which, in turn, helps give her (a little) cred with her two kids.

In her role at Common Sense, Betsy has had the privilege of moderating a Comic-Con panel, serving as a juror for the San Francisco Film Festival, touring the set of Imagination Movers, interviewing filmmakers like The Good Dinosaur's Peter Sohn, and much more. She is also a member of the Alliance of Women Film Journalists.

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