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Watching the kids grow is an exciting time for parents. I love to see their interests and personalities developing before my eyes! As they grow, it feels like we get to meet them over and over again as they develop their sense of humor, personal ethics, and their entertainment preferences.
My kids are growing, they are getting taller; they are learning to be independent and they are outgrowing the familiar and cute programs that almost seemed to be a part of our family in a sense.
How do you know when your kids are ready to start watching programming for a more mature audience? For my family, it all started with some questions from the kids about the world. With these conversations, I discovered my boys are growing up and they have a firm grasp on the way the world works.
I wanted to hide from these moments initially. I knew they would come sooner or later, but it is hard to begin letting go. I felt safe when I could count on them to happily watch cartoons without worry of exposing them to the tough realities of young adulthood.
However, all it took was one tough conversation about family economics to understand that my boys are ready to grow up, and I am ready to meet the future versions of them. Hearing their sound logic and ability to make sense of tough subjects gave me the confidence I needed as a mother to relinquish my complete control over what they watch and to let them explore a few programs that have a mature audience in mind. But the reality is kids today are gravitating toward grown-up stories. They may not be made with kids in mind (read: The Walking Dead, American Horror Story and That 70’s Show), but they’re watching, except mine. Thankfully Netflix is reinventing family TV with shows like Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, that premiered on Jan. 13th. The show serves up dark comedy that your big kids are probably ready for, whether you realize it or not.
This is the first show we are testing the waters of maturity with on Netflix. Let me tell you a little more about the show and why I think it is a good fit for my boys.
The Anti-Fairy Tale theme presented in A Series of Unfortunate Events brings to life dark comedy through the Baudelaire’s unlucky circumstances. The Baudelaire children, whose parents have died in an accidental fire are placed in the care of one miserable, unpleasant guardian, repeatedly are on a quest to unlock their family hidden secrets. The characters face tough challenges which are a good opener to having difficult conversations with the boys.
A Series Of Unfortunate Events
But luckily the Alvarez children from One Day At A Time have a very different story. The themes explored in the new Netflix original bring to life some of the today’s hard-to-discuss topics to help you create a platform to open up those discussions with your kids.
How did you know when your kids were ready to move on from animated programming to something more mature?
Want to explore even more titles? Here is….
Count Olaf’s Dreadful Picks.
Only the most handsome, talented, brilliant man of all time could come up with a list this fantastic. Add these titles to your Netflix watch list or risk the most dreadful January yet.
“Witness the greatest act-OR of all time, obviously.”
“Any show where cats are eaten must be a good thing.”
“The Galra Empire is almost as dreadful as I am… almost.”
“A jungle where everyone fends for themselves or dies. Sounds like a great place for the kids to visit.”
“How treacherous must the alien world be to want to leave Earth. I must visit.”
“I thought those Baudelaires were pesky twerps, but they don’t hold a candle to Degrassi: Next Class.”
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