Raising kids is probably one of the most difficult jobs in the world. It can be quite daunting at times to get the correct message across to your children. It can be pretty hard to compete with the external influences like TV, video games, social media, music videos, and their friends. Sometimes you feel like your talking to the wall and your message isn’t even getting to them. That can be really frustrating especially when you’re message is meant to be helpful and informative. I think nowadays parents need to get creative when attempting to get a positive message across to their kids. We need to use every tool available to teach our children about issues like responsibility, getting along with others, teamwork, peer pressure, body image, diversity, and more.
Using media such as streaming videos from Netflix is one way to get your point across without having to talk much. For example in episode 1 of “The Hive” young children can learn about sibling rivalry. If your kids are a bit older they can learn about teamwork by watching episode 103 of “Project MC2.” There are so many resources on Netflix that can provide a positive message to your children while entertaining them at the same time.
Sometimes you need to teach your kids about some more serious lessons in life like death. Our family recently watched a move called “Hachi” that was inspirational but sad. The movie taught us all about the tremendous loyalty of a dog towards his owner. The movie also dealt with death in a way that was appropriate for children. It also showed our kids that it is okay to show your emotions since my husband and I were both in tears while watching. Letting your kids know that it is okay to show your feelings is an important lesson to learn.
New on Netflix for Kids, Tweens, Teens and Families:
All Hail King Julien: Season 3 (5/13)
Animaniacs – Now on Netflix
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III – Now on Netflix
Mako Mermaids: An H2O Adventure: Season 4 (5/21)
FernGully 2: The Magical Rescue – Now on Netflix
Now of course just turning on the TV and putting on Netflix is not the only thing you should do. You should also take the time to answer their questions and explain to them the importance of what they learned. As the experts say, “Communication is key to successful parenting.”
Disclosure: I shared this post on behalf of Netflix as a member of Netflix #StreamTeam. All stories and opinions are my own.