Question #69: TV time with Mom = awkward

Today's question is also taken out of order because we're granting another request. Isn't it interesting how so many girls share the same questions about stuff?

Today's asker is Anna, who has a TV dilemma. Anyone else out there get a wee bit embarrassed when watching certain shows or movies with parents?

Dear PLS,
I want to watch this really popular TV show. But, my mom wants to watch it with me to make sure there isn't too much 'inappropriate content'. I don't really care if she watches with me, but I'm scared she's going to 'talk' to me about some of the stuff. :-(
Anna, 12

OK, I think parents fall into different categories on this. Some will make a joke of the "inappropriate stuff" and others will want to have a serious talk about the stuff. Probably some would just ignore it. In Anna's case, her mom must be a talker.

What I would do is just be honest and say, "Mom, talking about that stuff makes me uncomfortable" or "Can we talk about that after the show is over?"

When it comes to figuring out what's OK for you to watch, you might want to use this site called Common Sense Media. You can get an idea of what kind of stuff is in a movie or show, such as violence, swearing, lovey-dovey stuff etc. They give age ranges for movies, shows, computer games, and websites. I know people who use it to show their parents that certain movies are OK for them to see.

Common Sense Media

Any other TV-watching advice for Anna?

Think pink!


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Anonymous PLS said...

Dear Anna, some parent does do that pretty often, if it is really popular, then you could share it with your mom as long as you think it is ok. But you could still watch the video online if you want to avoid your mom. Think pink! PLS

April 11, 2011 at 8:53 PM  
Anonymous Chloe said...


April 12, 2011 at 8:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

See if you think your if you don't want your mom or your dad even to whach it don't you think there might be something wrong with it. yeah it might be good but it can also be inappropriate. And you shouldn't just try to aviod her because if she wants you to not whach it there has to be a reason.

April 13, 2011 at 5:15 PM  
Anonymous Sporty Chic said...

Hi, this has nothing to do with that, but I really need help!! Please answer!

I was wondering if I am extremely close to my period because: I get extremely mad really easy, I cry for no reason, and I have stomach cramps. I do not normally get mad this easy, and I seriously NEVER cry, even when I get hurt I don't cry. I heard you can feel like this when you get your period, but can it happen before you get it? Please answer I would REALLY appreciate it!

April 14, 2011 at 10:51 AM  
Anonymous Bryn said...

ya i know it can happen before ur period because i have those symptoms and more

im pretty sure you will be able to tell when u do have ur period

April 23, 2011 at 7:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

good luck

April 27, 2011 at 4:34 PM  
Anonymous panda bear said...

This is a whole different question but please help!

My friend gets really jealous when I hang out with my other friends. If she calls me and finds out I'm at another friends house she won't talk to me. What should I do?

April 28, 2011 at 10:47 AM  
Anonymous tessa said...

my friend thinks im using her to get to her boyfriend, but im so not!!! she wont even hang out with me verry much anymore so i cinda know how u feel [= good luck 2 everyone out there who needs help with this!!!

April 30, 2011 at 8:33 AM  
Anonymous olive101 said...

Is it glee?

May 5, 2011 at 5:25 PM  
Anonymous Thaanie said...

Ofcourse your mother embarrases you!!.. Thats halfway what mothers are for!!! :D

May 8, 2011 at 6:15 AM  
Anonymous 2cool said...

:D i love watching TV with my mom and dad.

May 10, 2011 at 10:29 AM  
Anonymous Guitar Rocks! said...

I like watching Wipeout with my mom and dad its so funny :D

May 17, 2011 at 1:06 PM  
Anonymous Gemma rzz said...

my mum has told me about periods but nothen else wat shoud i say to her i want tpo know wats goin on wat will i say!!!!

May 23, 2011 at 2:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

easy peasie just like when she is not doing (if) your dad or brothers are around probly not a good time. do in in the car or at dinner just say"mom(mum) can you tell me alittle more infor(information) about periods?
p.ssay it in the sweetes voice in the WORLD!!!!!

May 31, 2011 at 6:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anna,don't stress just leave her to watch it,she's seen it all before! And in true fact she probably does this coz she cares about you a lot.Also I feel the samee way right now my mum does this but i''ve learnt is okay xxxx
good luck hun xxx

June 7, 2011 at 5:04 AM  
Anonymous Candy said...

Just tell her before you watch it that is there any way she could talk about he show "after" it has ended. My mom only speaks Russian but I like TV shows in english but when she watches them with me she asks me to translate so I just tell her I want to watch in peace.

June 14, 2011 at 12:58 AM  
Anonymous Zoe said...

Try to show her that you understand the things that she wants to talk to you about. Like for instance if she thinks certain things in the show might be a bad example just make sure she knows that you know not to do whatever the bad thing was in the show. Hope i Helped!

June 28, 2011 at 5:37 PM  
Anonymous A girl from England called Freya! said...

I hate that too! Whenever I'm watching Friends on e4 my mum comes in my bedroom and says all stuff about "you better not be learning anything from thus!" honestly! mums!! All I do is just either
1.change channels and when she goes turn over the channel again!!
2.just nod and say" yeah sure!"

July 29, 2011 at 7:33 PM  
Anonymous ♥Immy♥ said...

don't worry its the same way with me and my mum!!she doesn't really care about that kind of stuff because she knows she can trust me.If your mum trusts'll be fine!! :)

September 3, 2011 at 3:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Omg... i love That 70's Show... but so does everyone else in my family! don't worry... just be like, Mom i get it, you don't have to tell me! :P
Hope this helps,

September 6, 2011 at 2:51 PM  
Anonymous hck830 said...

I love my mom and know that whenever I spend time with her to make the most of it...and whenever we get mad at each other i get really upset and go apologize quickly, i don't want her to stay mad at me.:)

September 20, 2011 at 5:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

haha i watched Big with my mom today and this girl totally did some awkward stuff..... I just looked away and was like IM GOING TO THE BATHROOM! haha twas sooooo obvious

October 9, 2011 at 5:12 PM  
Anonymous Fairythunder said...

TV time with Mom= not awkward at all! I watch tv with my mom all the time, and it's not awkward at all! If she does talk to you, pretend it's a regular conversation! I don't really know what the problem is, though...

November 18, 2011 at 11:13 AM  
Anonymous hippo said...

go with the flow

January 17, 2012 at 4:13 PM  
Anonymous Amanda said...

I think Common Sense Media is good, but sometimes they're a little unrealistic. One review of Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 2 said that 17 year olds MIGHT be allowed to watch that. I disagree. So just putting that out there.

March 2, 2012 at 11:32 PM  
Anonymous Tana said...

I love watching movies with my mom but she criticizes all the characters

June 26, 2012 at 11:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am kind of glad that I went onto common sense media. I had just gotten this movie and was going to watch it with my little sister but the site said it had extreme sexual content so I just brought the movie back.

July 24, 2012 at 5:52 PM  
Anonymous music is happiness said...

Well I have a question! How old is this website meant to be for because I am 9 and an early bloomer and want to know what older girls have been through
Music is happiness

August 15, 2015 at 12:17 AM  

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