The notion that you can be whatever you want to be when you grow up is a powerful and often defining notion. As a parent, I want to encourage my son to peruse his dreams, find his passions and follow them into something that is interesting to him. I think that following your interests is important in pretty much all aspects of life, actually, and that trickles down to what you choose to watch. No one has the right to tell you what to do or what to be, no matter how badly they think it is a fit for you.
This month, the shows that we’ve been watching on Netflix have been a lot about following your dreams.
Q’s newest favourite show is Ever After High. The fairy tale characters we all know and love are now all grown up with children of their own. These kids attend a school, and are destined to follow in their parents footsteps. Or are they? A show about choosing to make your own destiny and not just settle for the one that has been chosen for you, Ever After High has some fun characters that Q loves. He has become quite invested in them, and has even made up games to play at school involving some of them. The first episode of Season 2, Spring Unsprung, was released earlier this month and I think we have watched it more than a few times. We can’t wait for more new episodes of this show to be released. He was also very excited to learn that there are books based on the show, so I suppose trip to the bookstore will be in order soon! When I asked him about his favourite characters, the list went on and on, but included Apple White (daughter of Snow), Daring and Dexter Charming (sons of Prince), Kitty Cheshire (daughter of the Cheshire Cat), and Hunter Huntsman (son of the Hunstman). Honestly, I don’t know if he could pick a favourite. I know that some people would consider this to be a “girl” show, but the very notion of being able to be who you are and who you want to be is an important one, and that goes for “girl” and “boy” shows too.
Another new show this month is Richie Rich. Q loves it because it is about a kid who becomes a self-made trillionaire after turning his veggies into green energy. He reports that it is really funny, and will be watching more episodes soon. It only started last week, though, and so he hasn’t had a lot of time to watch more than the first couple of episodes. One particularly funny bit involved a game of “duck duck hippopotamus” and a hippo suit. He laughed and laughed at it, which is always a sign that a show is a big hit here. I can forsee this being another very popular show in the coming weeks and months. This is a live action show and would probably be great for elementary aged kids and over.
Another favourite in our house over the years has been Sid the Science Kid. Many a day has been spent watching Sid and his friends Gabriella, May and Gerald learn all about science and the world around them. There is always at least one catchy song, usually sung as a part of the daily school lesson by Teacher Suzie. I will warn you though, parent to parent, that some of these songs will become stuck in your head. In fact, as soon as I started thinking about Sid the Science Kid, the buzzy bee song popped into my head and is currently running through a loop in there. It is a great show that teaches kids so much about scientific concepts on a level that makes sense to them, but isn’t dumbed down too much for them either. We have been huge fans of Sid since Q was little and it is still a favourite for him now. It is a show that I highly recommend for anyone from little wee ones right up to school aged kids.
A couple of shows that are now on my to-watch list, but haven’t gotten around to yet are Anthony Bourdain’s Mind of a Chef and The Art of Flight. Cooking and extreme snowboarding are two things that will appeal to everyone in our house. Sadly (not really), the weather this month has been absolutely beautiful for us, which has led to more time playing our sided than inside watching TV. I will be checking them out for sure, though, and will report back what I find.
Have you watched any of these shows on Netflix yet? What did you think? Are there any others that you would recommend?
I am a member of the Netflix StreamTeam, and receive perks for sharing our favourite shows with you each month. however, all thoughts and opinions on the shows mentioned are strictly ours, and as always, I am sharing them with you because I truly think and hope you will enjoy them.