Yesterday afternoon after homework was done and just before dinner prep, my daughter and I sat down together in front of the tube to watch a bit of Netflix together and catch up on the days events. We typically like to do this at least once a week depending on our schedules; a little girl time.
As I flipped through Netflix trying to find something cute and age-appropriate that she and I could enjoy together, I glanced at her while stopping at each selection and reading the synopsis to gauge her interest and was muddled as to why she looked less than impressed with each one. She shook hear head no and making apathetic faces replied, “Next!” to each one.
I handed the remote to her. “Here. You choose.”
She took the remote and stopped at High School Musical 3, hitting play.
Okay, this wasn’t my first choice for my eight-year-old, but clearly she was enthusiastic about it.
How could someone that hasn’t even entered elementary grade level, relate or find interest in a movie intended for high school students (hence the title)? I noticed afterwards that this was a movie intended for kids ages 8-10. 8-10, really?
Everything was fine and dandy until the pseudo-romantic moments.
The couple embraced in a kiss and right on queue, I turned to look at her to ensure she would turn away or cover her eyes (something she always does whenever she saw people making out), but nope, she continued nonchalantly watching.
Growing up, my parents would holler, “Cover your eyes!”, each and every time we were sitting and watching a film with them and something inappropriate came on, my dad still says that to us to this day forgetting we have children of our own. Ha!
And I also started doing the same to my children, so they know the drill.
But this time was different. She didn’t look away and didn’t really seem to care either.
Thankfully, this is High School Musical we are talking about, so really, it wasn’t that inappropriate.
Needless to say, I knew that my not-so-little girl was, well, not-so-little anymore.
My daughter is at a tricky age, she’s not quite a full-pledged tween yet, but she’s also not a small kid either. Finding titles that she would enjoy and are still appropriate enough (and mom-approved!) for her to watch, I thought, would be a bit tricky. Thankfully, it isn’t.
The movies and TV series these days, I’ve noticed, for big kids are a lot more sophisticated then they use to be.
Back when I was a kid, cartoons or kids shows were really puerile and innocent.
Times have changed and our bigger children are now exposed to more complex situations. This is their life now and we need them to be exposed to real-life affairs to better understand them and also, how to deal with them when the time comes.
Netflix Series’ For Your Not-So-Little Kid
I’ve noticed that my pseudo-Tween much prefers to watch Series’ these days, so here are a few of my daughters current favourite Netflix series titles to stream that are approved (and enjoyed!) by me:
- Lemony Snickets A Series of Unfortunate Events: A newly launched Netflix original based out of the film of the same name, this series focuses on the dreadful history of the Baudelaire children including a deadpan narrator, a terrible fire and the ominous arrival of a distant relative.
- Some Assembly Required: A 14-year old takes ownership of a toy company and hires a group of his friends to help him create amazing toys
- iCarly: Carly and Sam decide to host their talented classmates on their own online web show, iCarly. This is a long-time favourite of my daughters!
- Victorious: When aspiring singer Tori Vega joins the aspiring students at Hollywood Arts High, she struggles to fit in with the amazingly talented teens. Do you have a music fan? This will be a fun show. Plus it includes a lot of special guests they’ll be sure to know of!
- Fuller House: The entire Tanner clan comes together for a final reunion before the family home is sold, but parting turns out to be tougher then expected. I remember watching the original Full House when I was a tween. This is serious nostalgia for me!
- Glee: A comedic and fun musical series of teenage students in the high school Glee club singing and dancing to plenty of current and past musical favourites.
- Chasing Cameron: Go behind the scenes with social media sensation Cameron Dallas as he takes his career to the next level on an international tour. If you’ve got a future vlogger/youtuber, they’d love this reality series.
I’d Love Your Thoughts!
Do you allow your children to watch movies or shows that have more complex situations in them? Why or why not? I’d love to hear your thoughts on this topic in the comments below as I know it differs with every household.