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5 Conversations to Have with Your Kids After Finding Dory

Families can talk about everything from the power of perseverance to what makes a family in Pixar's heartwarming hit.

Finding Dory -- Pixar's poignant, long-awaited (13 years!) sequel to Finding Nemo -- is emotionally satisfying, full of lovable old and new characters, and, just as Dory herself would want, utterly unforgettable. Plus, it's full of great messages about perseverance and teamwork and offers families lots of things to talk about. Try these topics/questions to get started:

  • What is the movie saying about family and friendship? What does Dory learn about what makes a family? Kids: Whom do you consider to be part of your family?
  • Even if you knew things were going to end on a happy note, which sequences were sad and/or scary? How much scary stuff can young kids handle?
  • Which characters are role models? What do they do that's brave, courageous, selfless, and caring? How do their actions demonstrate teamwork and perseverance? Why are those important character strengths?
  • Talk about Dory's disability and how it affects her. Does it keep her from experiencing love, friendship, or happiness? What does her experience (and Nemo's) teach us about disabilities? How do you know what your abilities are, and what do you do to make the most of them?
  • What does it mean to love someone unconditionally? How do the characters in the movie make it clear that they love each other that way?
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 and then served as an editor at,, 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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