Why I Love Netflix – Family Time

As a member of the Netflix Stream Team, each month I share a reason why I love Netflix. This month that reason is feel good movies.

All families are different, but MY family loves to watch television and movies, and we love to do it together. There are cases where we all like different things (I can’t get anyone to watch Doctor Who with me), but then there are other shows that we all love (Gravity Falls!). Thankfully, Netflix has lots of options from which to choose, which makes for planning a family movie night super easy.

Why I Love Netflix - Movies are a great way to spend family time.

A few months ago, I bought the Clue board game to play with Cady and her friends. She LOVED it. During a round of trying to determine who, where, and with what the murder happened, I mentioned to her that there was a hilarious movie based on the board game. I told her a little about it, and she begged to watch it. I was happy to discover that the Clue movie was available for Netflix streaming.

Why I Love Netflix - Sharing movies I love with my kids.

We laughed so, SO hard. Cady loved that it was suspenseful without being scary, and that you still had to try to figure out who the killer was, like in the game. I loved the super hilarious jokes. I’m a sucker for a good pun. Here are some of my favorites from the movie:

Why I Love Netflix - Great movies, like Clue, with even great quotes.

You may be reading some of those, or remember watching the movie, and be thinking, “Um, she let her kid watch that?” I did. Ooops. After we started watching, I realized that some of the jokes were not appropriate for a nine year old. Thankfully, they went right over her head. I checked the rating (PG) before we started watching the movie, but I forgot to factor in the fact that 1985 PG is way different from 2014 PG.

Why I Love Netflix - A breakdown is provided of every movie so you can see if it is appropriate for your family.So, how do you know if a show will be appropriate for your kids? Families are important to Netflix, and they want to be sure that you aren’t exposing your children to anything you feel is inappropriate. For every show and movie on Netflix you can click on the description page (do a search for the show and click on the name of the show to open the description page), scroll down, and on the right hand side you will see what categories the show falls under, the ratings for the movie and why (if available), and a link to to a description of the show from Common Sense Media that offers you more detail about what the movie is about and for what ages it is appropriate. If I had done my homework, then I would have realized that this movie needed to wait a few more years. Hopefully not harm was done.

Also, be sure to check under the description for the shows that you love for ones that would be similar. Netflix is dedicated to providing you quality entertainment based on your likes and dislikes. They have developed algorithms to analyze what you watch so they can recommend other shows that you will enjoy. Use this to your advantage! No more searching for a movie or program. They point you in the right direction!

Why I Love Netflix - Recommendations based on what you like and dislike.

Need recommendations for shows to watch with your kids? Check out these movies and programs to share with younger kids:

Why I Love Netflix - Movies and programs to share with younger kids for family time.

1. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 (I just watched this with James this weekend. He likes to fast forward to the part where they get to the island with the food).
2. The Pirate Fairy (Cady isn’t really into fairies anymore. Is it wrong that I want to watch this for myself?)
3. Hoodwinked (This movie is cute and funny.)
4. Angelina Ballerina
5. Bob the Builder
6. The Muppet Movie (LOVE the Muppets!)

Movies and programs to share with the tween and younger teen age group:

Why I Love Netflix - Movies and programs to share with the tween and younger teen age group for family time.

1. Strange Hill High (I haven’t seen this, but it looks like something I would enjoy.)
2. The Avengers (This is an AWESOME movie!)
3. The Smurfs 2
4. Star Wars: The Clone Wars
5. Free Birds
6. Mako Mermaids: An H2O Adventure (Cady LOVES these mermaid shows. She’s watched one of the series three times.)

Movies and programs to share with your older kids:

Why I love Netflix - Movies and programs to share with your older kids for family time.

1. Clueless
2. The Breakfast Club (Not yet, but the day is coming when I’ll watch this with Cady.)
3. Friday Night Lights (I’ve heard great things about this show, but I haven’t watched it yet.)
4. The Vampire Diaries (I’m sure I’ll get to this at some point. Maybe now that I’m done with Pretty Little Liars, which was AWESOME?)
5. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (We watched this with the kids, but I’m not sure they can appreciate it yet.)
6. 13 Going on 30

What movies and programs do you enjoy watching with your family?

Fight the Cold, Not your Child

It’s cold and flu season. I know. You don’t want to hear that. Neither do I. This is the time of year when you pull out the hand sanitizer and cover every surface of your house with germ killing spray. Unfortunately, kids have to leave home, and they will come in contact with those cold and flu germs.

Studies show that kids can contract eight to 12 colds per year, and that each one can last up to 14 days. With those kinds of numbers, it can seem like your child is constantly sick. At least that’s how it feels around our house sometimes. Multiply those numbers by two children and two adults that seem to get at least half as many viruses as the kids do, and well I’m not good at math, but it’s a lot.

Because colds (and the flue) are viruses, there isn’t a lot we can do to help them. Let them rest, make sure they have plenty of liquids, and wait it out. Both of my kids, especially James, hate to take cough and cold medicine. I can never convince them that the relief of symptoms is worth the momentary disgusting taste. Plus, if I’m being honest, I agree with them. Cough and cold medicine makes me gag.

Thankfully, there is a new cough and cold medicine designed for children four and older that actually tastes good (I tried a little taste).

The new Dr. Cocoa cough and cold medicine line for children is made with a combination of effective ingredients and 10% real cocoa for a real chocolate taste. When you pour it from the bottle to the spoon, it even looks like chocolate syrup.

For years I’ve wondered why companies can’t make cold medicine and cough syrup taste better. Now, one finally has. AND it uses the same active ingredients that doctors recommend and we have come to trust. Three different formulas are available to treat only the symptoms occurring.

  • Dr. Cocoa Long-Acting Cough Relief: Relieve coughs for up to eight hours without causing drowsiness.
  • Dr. Cocoa Daytime Cough + Cold Relief: Relives stuff nose and cough with a non-drowsy formula.
  • Dr. Cocoa Nighttime Cough + Cold Relief: Made to relieve coughs, along with stuff noses, runny nose, and sneezing at night.

I’m thankful to have an alternative to treat my kids’ symptoms and to help them feel better sooner, and to maybe, not miss so many days of school due to feeling miserable (of course I would never send them with fever). We all know that happy kids make for a happy momma.

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How many colds do your children usually have per year? How do you treat them?

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