Filtered Screen time For Kids With Netflix
In my home we do things a little differently than most homes. Let me explain about 4 years ago we decided that family time was much more important than anything else. Due to the busy schedules that we had at the time with work, we really wanted to spend as much time as we could with the kids so that we didn’t miss any important milestones. So my husband and I decided that during the week, Monday to Friday we would eliminate screen time for the kids. That meant no electronics(unless required for school) and no television. We decided this for many reasons, one of them being that we wanted to be more aware of what the kids were consuming on the television. Too many times we as parents get lost in the household tasks that we do and the kids sometimes fall into tv shows that are not exactly age appropriate.
I could remember as a kid my mom would be busy in the kitchen and I would sneak off to watch Roseanne, or Married with children. While they seemed to be hilarious shows to watch at the time, they were not exactly what a parent would pick as a screen time option. Netflix however is a great place for families to use and find shows that can not only be great for conversing with your kids, there are also shows that serve as learning tools for the littles. Netflix has compiled a really great cheat sheets for parents like myself to know what shows would be copacetic for them to watch. Check it out.
This sheet looking back at it, has helped me alot with my kids. I have a 17, 9 and 6 year old that have all experienced situations where if I didn’t have this cheat sheet it would be a little more difficult, to get on their level with the one thing they look forward to on the weekends. I just finished watching 13 reasons why and Ill be honest at first I wasn’t going to watch it because I really thought that it was a corny teenage show. But then I gave it a chance and it was really hard to swallow, especially for me who is a survivor of teenage sexual assault it made all of those feelings come flooding back. As well, it gave me a sense of closure because I was able to open up more and relate to what was going on, on screen. My teen daughter on the other hand, was very adamant in not watching it, but recently went through something at school which at the time she would not talk to me about. After watching 13 Reasons why it opened her up and got a really incredible conversation going between the both of us. Which normally wouldn’t happen check out this clip below.
Parenting is a hard job to navigate through from babies to teens there is alot that we have to worry about to make sure we are raising great kids. Its really nice to see that Netflix can lend us a couple tips and tricks to helps us get to know our kids better, find out more about what great and not so great experiences they are going through. But most of all just to let them know that we are always there, always ready to listen with no judgement.