Things I was prepared for when I signed up for this parenting gig:
- Sleepless nights
- Puke and poop – really, I was prepared
- Constant worry
- Busy schedules
- Awesome fun times with the kids
Truth be told, there is a lot that still comes to surprise me. Like, when my daughter asks me about God, or where the Earth came from 10 minutes before bedtime. Is she stalling, or is she curious? Is she really a deep thinker?
Or when my son wakes up and the first thing out of his mouth in the morning is, “Where do babies come from?” And I’m all, “First of all YOU ARE FOUR, so why are you asking me this?”
And second of all, what kind of dreams were YOU having last night?
And thirdly, I need coffee to tackle this one!
Usually I have an answer… or I make one up. But for all the other times, I tackle them like “teachable moments.”
In fact, just this weekend, our kids discovered “Grease” and “Grease 2” on Netflix! Can you imagine all the “lessons” we needed to teach during those movies? Or the time I watched “Rent” together with my 6-year-old? Soooo many lessons to be taught.
Granted, most of these lessons revolve around singing and dancing. Because, obviously…
But there are real-life, kid-sized lessons to learn, and guess what? Netflix can help!
From tackling peer pressure to learning to achieve five whole minutes without a cell phone in hand, addressing tough topics with your kids head-on can be hard. Even with the littlest ones, it’s not always easy to explain why you can’t get them that cute puppy and why they need to be nice to their sister. But with Netflix, your kid’s favorite shows can open the door for these tricky, sometimes awkward (hello parents of tweens and teens!), conversations.
Netflix is host to a variety of family-friendly shows that explore a range of real-life issues with equal measures of humor, angst and heart. No matter your situation, chances are there’s a show and episode that can kickstart a dialogue around the topic just by watching it together.
Netflix for the little kids
Watch Ep. S1E1: Babee’s Room
Buzzbee and Rubee compete over who Babee (their new sibling) gets to room with. Mom and Dad must explain to Buzzbee and Rubee that Babee needs to grow up before she can share a room.
Watch Ep. S1E1: Puppies & Guppies/ Sorry We’re Closed Today
Larry and Laura Carrot want to adopt puppies but quickly learn it takes responsibility in order to watch over and care for a pet of their own.
Following the Rules
Watch Ep. S1E6: Stormy Weather/ Baba’s Adventure/ Rock Music
Mama tells Oona and Baba to stay close with a storm approaching. After ignoring her advice, Oona and Baba get stuck in a seagull nest during the heavy thunderstorms.
For Bigger Kids
Watch Ep. 113: Star
After Dulcinea feels like no one in the group needs her help, she tries to use a newly-discovered wishing star to show her worth — but fails — showing her that presence alone has lit up her friends’ lives all along.
Watch Ep. 103: Smart is the New Cool
After McKeyla insists she works better alone, she learns that four is better than one when her friends jump in to help her rescue the Prince from a botched space mission.
Watch Ep. 106: The Legend of El Explosivo
After getting grounded for sneaking off to Bobby Popko’s house, Jackson realizes he needs to stand up for what he knows is right and not give in to please his friends.
For the Teens:
Social Media FOMO
Watch Ep. 102: Girl Meets Boy
Cory challenges his class to unplug from their phones for a week. When Riley and her crush Lucas sit down to talk face-to-face, personal stories bring them closer.
Watch Ep. 104: Kimmy Goes to the Doctor!
Kimmy quickly realizes that she can’t fix her problems by simply “Buhbreezing” them away – real change comes from the inside.
Watch Ep. 101: #BootyCall
According to the kids of Degrassi Community School, butts are the new boobs. But Shay’s realization that “brains are the new butts” can speak to a number of body image insecurities.
Talking to kids about tough subjects is, well, tough! I always use opportunities to talk to my kids about what they might be thinking and feeling when certain issues come up, and fortunately, Netflix can help.
What to Watch on Netflix This Summer
- The Little Prince Coming soon!
- Julie’s Greenroom Coming soon!
- Jurassic Park
- The Lost World: Jurassic Park
- Jurassic Park 3
- J. Edgar
- Rock the Kasbah
- Janis: Little Girl blue
- The Giver
- Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
Coming to Netflix soon!
- Back to the Future
- Back to the Future, 2
- Back to the Future, 3
- The Big Short
What I’m Watching on Netflix Right Now
- Orange is the New Black – Season 4 coming June 17
- Bloodline – Season 2
- Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt – Season 2