For Our Family Netflix is 100% Turn The Brain Off Time

Vlcsnap-2014-10-10-07h19m55s124

For those who follow the blog each month, you know I post something related to Netflix and kids. Each month the team at Netflix shares a theme that we write about and try to tie it to our family and viewing experiences.

This month, I have to admit, the theme just doesn’t stick for my situation.

For your March post, share which female Netflix characters your kids connect with and how they have made a positive impact.

Now, the obvious is, I don’t have girls and my boys will make a face if I ask who their fave female characters are.

Secondly, when our sons watch Netflix, I am not in the mindset to really focus on what my kids are taking away from it. Yes, call me a bad parent, but it’s the truth.  I am probably dozing with my eyes open.

They, like me, watch Netflix to turn the brain off and just enjoy 22 minutes of entertainment. Whether it’s Saturday morning or a quick cartoon before bed, it’s a time to just relax.

Continue reading

Forget Secretly Cheating, We Just Do Our Own Thing

Catchy title eh? Don’t worry. It’s not what you think? I don’t have the energy to pull that off. I am quite happy with one special person in my life.

No, the title is referring to cheating on the person you binge watch Netflix shows with. Yes, it’s true. A recent study shows 46% of the people polled, will venture on with a show and not wait for their partner.

Netflix_cheating_global_infographic (1)

So how do we get around that sticky situation at our house? It’s easy. We have our own shows. No waiting around required.

Currently my wife is blitzing through every episode of Scandal she can get her hands on, while I am spending time with The Fall.

Continue reading

The Move From Cartoons #StreamTeam

the-walking-dead-season-7-rick-lincoln-michonne-gurira-cci-key-art-1200x707-1

Do you remember when your kids first started watching shows or movies that were not cartoons? In our house for many years, if it was not a cartoon, it was boring.

But that has started to change as our boys get older.

Now they like shows or movies that have real people and real stories rather than the world of cartoons.

Just this past weekend we watched the first Harry Potter movie from beginning to end. Both our boys (4 and 7) stayed engaged the whole time.

That would not have happened even 6 months ago.

It sure makes watching TV with the kids a lot more enjoyable. You can only watch so many Paw Patrols or episodes of Pokemon before you leave the room.

Continue reading

Channeling the Leading Ladies of Netflix

Leading Ladies of Netflix

If there was ever a time that we needed to send a positive message to the young women of the world, it seems now is an ideal time. We all know what happened on Nov. 8. It happened. Instead of having the first female president, well, you know what we have.

While trying to digest, comprehend and figuring out what is next, maybe it’s time to turn off the Twitter, stop reading articles on how we should feel and just enjoy a few Netflix shows that showcase women who don’t’ let the dark days get them down.

Yes, put on some cozy clothes, get comfy on the couch and take a break from what’s going on in the world.

Netflix hosts a wide variety of series that capture the vibrancy of modern womanhood, whether it’s the solidarity expressed by the diverse inmates on Orange Is the New Black, the inspired efforts of a tenacious young Queen in The Crown, the emotional and physical strength of Jessica Jones or the outspoken, unfiltered wit of Chelsea Handler as she relates to women across multiple generations. These characters represent diverse and complex backgrounds that reflect the idea of “empowerment” in numerous ways.

In honour of the newest leading female character on Netflix, Queen Elizabeth II, a few leading women of Netflix originals have drafted notes to their younger selves – and everyone everywhere – highlighting some of the universal truths, challenges and wisdom that transcend place and time, that modern women everywhere can relate to.

Continue reading