Our kids watch TV.
I’m okay to admit it; in fact, I can honestly say I went through a few days of grief when Diego was removed from the Netflix library … my heart stopped for a moment when I typed “Diego” into the search box only to see Diego Eduardo Gomez from Nacho Libre instead.
How will I ever shower again?
I’m telling you, we watched a lot of Go, Diego, Go! When my son was a year old, it was extremely awkward to take him to the park because he thought every kid with dark skin was named Diego.
“Please, Cooper, stop calling him Diego – his name is David.”
And while we are being honest, let’s fess up to another fact – the fact that we pay $8 a month for our kids to watch their shows on demand. Like this hilarious YouTube video reports, my husband and I also pay to “browse endlessly.” We, too, scroll through Netflix’s library of titles and posters (most of which you have never heard of) without ever deciding on a single one – and if we finally do argue our way through a decision, we second guess that decision within 10 minutes of the movie and are back to browsing until The Tonight Show finally comes on and we sign off Netflix once again. Not to mention, we can never get a decent suggestion of a good movie to watch; can any of you relate to, “because you watched ‘Turtle Tale,’ we suggest ‘The Jungle Book'”?
And yet every time I go to cancel it, my sanity screams “no!”
So now I embrace Netflix as my helper. My friend.
I am not here to tell you the appropriate amount of time a day to allow your kids to watch TV – nor am I here to make you feel guilty or judged. As you are well aware, that is not what Kansas City Moms Blog is about! Every day is different in my house; some days, the weather is nice and we never have to turn on the TV while other days, it’s raining and I spend my morning holding a phone to my face listening to a computer’s voice repeating “all representative are still assisting other callers” while my kids have to watch three consecutive episodes of Rescue Bots.
I am here to offer my favorite picks on Netflix. These are the shows that entertain while educating; they are the tried and true favorites in my household!
My younger siblings grew up watching the Kratt brothers in Kratt Creatures and Zoboomafoo. Martin and Chris Kratt are brothers with a passion for animals. I love my kids learning about the creatures of the earth! In fact, Wild Kratts has taught my kids so much that sometimes, it starts to annoy me. I have to run to Google regularly to keep up with my 4-year-old’s questions: “Mom, are carpenter ants nocturnal?” (Warning: They will turn this on you. My 3-year-old tried to pull this excuse during nap time: “I’m not nocturnal, I like to sleep at night not during the day!”) Also, you may have conversations like this while driving: “Mom, I’m starting to pee!” “Hold it!” “Sperm whales can hold their breathe for up to an hour.” “Okay, well … you need to hold your pee for up to 3 minutes!” I HIGHLY recommend this show!
I have no idea how Leap Frog does it, but they have taught thousands of kids their letters and sounds. This show is constantly making me look like a better mom than I actually am! I have never used flashcards or anything with my kids, and yet both of my older boys have known their letters and sounds from an extremely early age. They have shows on numbers, math, reading, shapes and letters! These are some of the best educational shows I know.
Magic School Bus is a classic! I loved it growing up and smile watching my children enjoy it, also. Ms. Fizzle takes her students on adventurous field trips where they learn everything from how the body works to electricity. This is a great tool for getting your kids interested in science and how things work. This is another show that makes me feel like I need to be back in school. My 4-year-old asked me a question on the pollination of flowers recently; while trying to explain the process, I was interrupted multiple times as he corrected my flawed explanation. I finally said, “why did you ask me, then?” He felt bad and responded with “I’m sorry, you can finish it! Let me know if you need my help!” Thanks, buddy! 😉
Some other great options are:
– uses stories to help teach phonics skills
– geared toward older children, but my younger boys love it!
– very entertaining and makes every kid want to be a paleontologist 😉
– great for preschool-aged children
So – finish that laundry, take a little longer in the shower, or make that phone call knowing your kids are being entertained while at the same time, stretching and expanding their brains! Tell us – what are some of your favorite Netflix picks?