Tackling Life Lessons on Netflix #StreamTeam

Friday, May 27, 2016 AnnMarie Brown 0 Comments

I have never been one to shelter my children from real life issues. I believe in using everything in life as a teaching tool that includes the TV and some of the shows on Netflix. We are Netflix junkies and are often binge watching one show or another. 

I love the way some of the tv shows tackle real life issues in the don't hold back way. Very much like the way I have parented my older children and am still parenting my youngest. My youngest daughter is 12 years old and very conscious of body image and how she looks different from other children with her beautiful red hair and freckles. 

Even as a homeschool child she has been bullied in the past by neighbourhood kids. Shows like Glee, Fuller House and The Fosters helped her realize she wasn't alone in her struggles with being a tween and finding her way in life. 

Shaylin can identify with the kids in The Fosters having been adopted herself. Even though she was never in a foster home and adopted from birth she can still see herself and relate to the kids on the show. I love that my daughter is not afraid to ask us anything and she always knows she will get an honest answer from us.

Below you will find some great shows that can help as conversation starters or even contribute to the conversations you might already be having with your children. 

For Teens:

Actions Have Consequences – Watch The Fosters Ep. S1E1&2: Pilot & Consequently

Brandon finds himself in a dangerous situation when trying to help Callie (his new foster sister) find her brother and learns that his actions can result in unexpected consequences

Body Image - Watch Ep. S1E16: Home

After Sue demands that Mercedes lose weight, Quinn steps in to change her mindset and together they set the stage for beauty at William McKinley High, teaching the importance of empowerment and inclusion.

For Tweens:

Teamwork- Watch Ep. S1E3: Smart is the New Cool

After McKeyla insists she works better alone, she learns that four is better than one when her friends jump in to help her rescue the Prince from a botched space mission.

Peer Pressure - Watch Ep. S1E6: The Legend of El Explosivo

After getting grounded for sneaking off to Bobby Popko's house, Jackson realizes he needs to stand up for what he knows is right and not give in to please his friend.

Do you use TV Shows as a stepping stone to life lessons in your household?

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