Believe it or not, some of my fondest memories with my brother and sister were the odd moments that we weren’t bickering over who was going to borrow the car Friday night or how annoying the other was when we had friends over and sitting together in our family room watching a movie (that we actually agree on!) together, laughing and chattering away. I still remember those Saturday mornings, our cereal bowls overflowing with corn pops or lucky charms, all of us, although some more tired than others, gathered around the tube, enjoying saturday morning cartoons. Ah, those were the days. Saturday mornings were never the same since we bid farewell to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Ren & Stimpy, Rugrats, Animaniacs, Beetlejuice or Pepper Ann. Bring back memories?
Now, my kids are often either glued to their iPad’s watching the latest gamers on Youtube play various Roblox games. Luckily, my children do enjoy playing together and each others company (they’re seven and three), but I’ve already noticed my seven year old getting frustrated at times and longing for her privacy. I get it, she’s seven and playing with a preschooler isn’t something she would like to do for long periods.
With that said, I do enjoy the moments and things that will actually have them together, content and that stirs up conversation between the both of them.
If someone was to tell me that it’s not okay to have my children watch TV, I’d thank them for their unsolicited advice but that I’m perfectly happy with the time my kids spend together when they’re enjoying some sibling streaming. In fact, many of the shows my children watch together almost always teaches them something – either of educational value or moral value.
This is why I’m thankful for Netflix as they offer an array of children’s shows and movies that both my children enjoy together as brother and sister.
Here are a few Netflix Favourite Shows that, despite the age gap, have my kids gathering together and reposed in each others company, mostly at the same time, same place, during the week. It takes me back to those Saturday mornings with my siblings. Moments that need to be cherished and will be etched in their memories for years to come.
- Fuller House
- The Looney Tunes (total nostalgia!)
- Richie Rich
- Ultimate Spiderman
- Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (talk about a throwback!)
- VeggieTales – This is a wonderful animated series with stories conveying moral themes by retelling & recreating bible stories.
Do you have any preserved memories of you and your siblings spending quality time together catching a movie or TV show? What are your children watching together now?