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.
Kids are clearly gravitating toward grown-up stories more and more, which is why Netflix is reinventing family TV with shows like Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. Have you watched that yet? We have not.
If you have, what is your next great binge with the kids? Did you watch Fuller House or the reboot of the Gilmore Girls?
There are other great complex stories on the service which can provide more than just entertainment. As parents, we have to teach our kids right from wrong, but it’s actually so much more than that. We have to teach them about cultural issues, politics and human rights.
Especially with what is going on in the world today. We need to keep our kids grounded and not worrying about things they should not have to. Sometimes, though, it’s difficult to find a way to casually bring those topics up into conversation with your kids. It’s also nice when it can be a show of fiction and not really happening in the world (yes, Trump).
How do you decide when your kids are ready for more complex entertainment?
We as a family have not had that chat yet. But it will happen. Just from being around, my oldest has seen clips of shows that I watch like Homeland, The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones. I can tell he is captivated by what he sees, but still is not ready for the topics or the violence.
Also, he is very excited to leave the world of grown up and turn on Netflix to go back to his true love, cartoons. Kids have plenty of time to enjoy adult themed shows.
I remember as a kid myself, it was very exciting to see a show your parents watched. I still remember how thrilling it was to watch the original Terminator. Yes, it scared the crap out of me for many sleeps, but it was still amazing.
What grown up shows do you watch with your kids?
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