When I was growing up my younger sister and I pretty much got along or at least that’s my side of the story. If you ask my parents I’m sure they have another take on our relationship. I do recall times when we would fight over the silliest things. Like we would argue over that neutral territory in the back seat of the family car. You know that section in the middle that divides the two seats? Well we would fight over that one foot-long section of seat. It was like the demilitarized zone between two countries. I also remember countless times fighting tooth and nail about what to watch on TV. It always seemed like we just couldn’t agree on what show to watch. Now that I’m older and have kids of my own I get to witness what my parents must have observed with my sister and I. My son and daughter have the same type of arguments. “Mama, Papa, he put his hand on my side”, or “She won’t let me watch my show.” These are the things my husband and I have to hear every now and then.
A Tale of Two Distant Ages
Fret no longer, this playlist caters to both your 5-year-old AND your 14-year-old.
One thing that we didn’t have as a kids that could have helped was Netflix. I mean come on my sister and I started out with antenna TV and eventually moved up to cable. We had choices but nowhere near as many choices as our children have today. With Netflix, cable, and other streaming channels my kids can pretty much watch anything they want at anytime. The choices are seemingly endless. With that said we still hear the occasional bickering coming from the TV room. One of my jobs as parent is to be the mediator and show my kids how to compromise and get along better. So when I hear a heated argument that has no resolution in sight I step in and offer suggestions.
Sugar and Spice
One kid’s sassy, the other one’s sweet.
For example one show that my sister and I could always agree on was “Inspector Gadget.” Wouldn’t you know it Netflix rebooted “Inspector Gadget” and offers all new episodes for streaming. I showed it to my kids and they both loved it. Another show from my past that I turned them on to is “Garfield.” I don’t know what it is about that lovable fat cat but there is something about him that appeals to my kids.
Meet in the Middle
Deciding on a genre is the hardest when it comes to watching together. From comedy to action, this playlist includes titles that have a little bit of everything for everyone.
Now everything on Netflix nowadays wasn’t around when I was a kid. There are some other shows that both my kids can agree on. Like the Netflix original “Dawn of The Croods” They just love the animation and the hilarious story line. That is definitely a show that can keep them from fighting for hours. Another show that they both watch together is “High School Musical” Although my son pretends to not be interested in the show when I walk into the room. He may not specifically request it but then again he doesn’t object when my daughter puts it on Netflix. Now of course there are times when they are just not going to agree on what to watch. For those times I just say, “Head to your rooms and read it’s my turn.
New on Netflix for Kids, Tweens, Teens and Families:
Lost & Found Music Studios: Season 1 (4/1)
Kong: King of the Apes: Season 1 (4/15)
Girl Meets World: Season 2 (4/10)
Danger Mouse: Season 1 (4/29)
Disclosure: I shared this post on behalf of Netflix as a member of Netflix #StreamTeam. All stories and opinions are my own.
Netflix has created Netflix Sibling Playlists to honor National Siblings Day (April 10th). During the month of April, kids can choose from playlists such as the “Tale of Two Distant Ages” to “Sugar and Spice” and more, offering something for every sibling squad to watch and enjoy together.
How did you get your kids to come together over Netflix this month? Which playlist did you use and which show did you choose?