July 1984 Playmate Liz Stewart ended up working for Playboy from 2004-2012 as a production designer so the conversation with her two boys was a more subtle:
“I don’t think I ever explained it to my boys. I don’t think we ever had ‘a talk’ about it. We had Playboy magazine in the house; I had my Playmate girlfriends over all the time, and it was just something that was part of our lives. It didn’t really become a discussion for them until they started tackling it with their friends in school, when they were a bit older. I could tell some of the parents – the fathers, at least – might recognize me at school and then it would get back to the kids as early as grade school. And high school. And probably again in college. It wasn’t something I talked about, but people always knew. Sometimes they’d bring it up discreetly and nicely; some moms didn’t like me. It never bothered me at all. Thank goodness it never did. That would be too much.
“Both boys didn’t really understand why people would go, ‘Oh, your mom’s a Playmate? Your mom must be really hot!’ And in their minds, it’s like, ‘Uh, I don’t know about that! She’s just my mom.’ Now that they’re adult men, it doesn’t happen as often now their peers will say, ‘Your mom’s a Playmate,’ but when they do, they still get the same reaction: ‘That’s crazy-cool.’ And my sons still have the same reaction: ‘It’s no big deal. Get over it!'”