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Talking To Your Kids About Star Wars

A couple of weeks ago over Fall Break, I was able to celebrate a huge milestone with my children that they will remember for years to come.

I sat down and watched the Star Wars trilogy with my children.

I had been waiting for the day when I knew they were ready to really get into the story and characters.

Chloe has been asking to watch it for a couple of years now but my response was always, “Soon my dear, you’re almost old enough to appreciate it.”

Well, that day finally came!

It made this Star Wars fan’s heart proud to sit down with his two daughters and see those blue letters on the screen, “A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…”

There are, of course, different schools of thought in regards to when and how you should introduce your children to the Star Wars universe.

Here’s a Public Service Announcement about talking to your children about Star Wars (sent to me by my brother).

Regardless of when you choose to introduce your children to Star Wars, sooner or later you’re going to have to deal with the “other Star Wars.” You know, the one with Jar Jar Binks.

A week or two after watching the original trilogy with the girls, we sat down and watched Episode 1: The Phantom Menace because they had been asking about it.

When it was over, I was almost afraid to ask what they thought. What if they liked it better than the original Star Wars? What if they *gulp* actually liked Jar Jar Binks?

My fears turned out to be unfounded. Both of them agreed that they liked the original Star Wars better.

Emily said, “I liked the other guys better…Luke Skywalker…Dark Vader (as she calls him)…the shiny guy (C3P0)…princess Leia. I liked her hair.” It brought a tear to my eye.

Have you had the “Star Wars talk” with your kids yet? How old were they when you introduced them to Star Wars?

About the Author Brad Ruggles

I love my family more than anything but I still struggle to keep my passions and priorities in order. I’m passionate about the Church, its influence on culture, and making it better.