This post is part of my ongoing partnership with Netflix as a member of their Stream Team.
We like to hope that we’re pretty good parents. These days, that means making sure our kids get limited “screen time” — a somewhat laughable idea when you consider our entire lives are run via screens.
We started out with rules and requirements, but many of those seemed to have gone out the window when we moved and suddenly had a second TV in its own room. Thanks to our new floorplan, the TV was no longer part of the kids’ playroom, the dining room, and the kitchen. And our ideas about what TV time would look like changed.
This is not a good or a bad thing, really. Sure, I’d love if they would play creatively more or spend time outside, but they also spend the entire day at school and want a break. I know I want a break after working all day, and streaming is my relaxation of choice. (Because as a parent who can go out to happy hour every night?)
I was especially grateful we had this option a few weeks ago when I had my wisdom teeth taken out. It generally wasn’t so bad, but the allergic reaction I had to my medication meant that lounging around was my only activity. Enter all the movies and TV I’ve been meaning to watch!
One that I’ve been enjoying is Crazyhead, a comedy about two girls who fight demons. It’s got a different vibe than Buffy, but it’s fun, and if you love British humor (especially Simon Pegg) you’ll like this.
As for what the kids are watching? My older son’s current obsession is Disney’s Kickin’ It, while the younger loves anything LEGO-related. Good thing there are about 15 LEGO-type shows available!
My older son thinks he is too old, but I know he is secretly enjoying Julie’s Greenroom whenever we put it on for the younger one. It’s hard not to love puppets and performance, especially when it features the beloved Julie Andrews.
We’ve also been savoring the episodes of A Series of Unfortunate Events. The whole thing is so delightfully quirky that we don’t want to rush through it.
With spring in full force I expect we’ll be spending the longer evenings outside, but I know there will be plenty of screen time ahead. And that’s OK.