Talking to Kids About 'Sex and the City'

Funny story: A friend recently went to pick up her four-year-old daughter at her Brooklyn, N.Y., preschool. The girl immediately started chatting excitedly about the movie crew that had been camped on the street all day.

"Oh, really?" the mother asked her daughter’s teacher. "What were they filming?"

The teacher smiled nervously. "Well, the movie is called… um… Blank and the City."

While most kids aren't confronted with a Sex and the City film crew on a daily basis, the posters and commercials will soon be seen everywhere -- and any kid with eyes or ears is likely to hear the film's title several dozen times. So, what's the best way to handle it?

The taboo of the word "sex" is likely to fly right over little kids' heads; "It’s the title of a movie" will probably be a good enough explanation.

If you have older kids, however, they might have questions. Is it appropriate to have that conversation in the context of Carrie and Samantha? It's up to you. You could be evasive, or you could give straightforward answers to their questions (kids don't need all the details!). Think of it this way: the sooner you start talking about the basics, the easier it will be to talk about the hard stuff down the line.

Has Sex and the City caused you any uncomfortable parenting moments? Chime in below!

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