Families. We’ve all got one, but these days they’re starting to look less like The Cleavers and gone are the days of the white picket fence. The once traditional “nuclear” family has evolved into a kaleidoscope of possibilities—start with parents (maybe two dads, a single mom, or a stay at home dad…), add a dash of half/step/full/adopted siblings, a side of grandparents, a pinch of aunts, uncles, cousins, a splash of pets, topped off with close friends (and all the combinations thereof). Now you’ve got a modern family — each uniquely quirky — yet picture perfect in its own way.

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Each of our families are different and most can seem happy on the outside but what happens on the inside can be crazy. Life and family is all about up and downs and just when you think you are the right track, something comes in to throw you through a loop. Most families can survive it, while others part ways. I know my family from the beginning was nothing but loops we had to jump through, but none the less we stuck together and took stand and commitment that nothing could tear us a part and our marriage and family are strong enough to stand our ground and fight our battles. Do you feel your family has faced obstacles that seem endless to get through or torn apart only to find yourselves picking up pieces and trying to move forward? Of course, we’ve all been there, whether from childhood or adult life we have ultimately face challenges. Check out Season 1 of Gracie and Frankie streaming on Netflix this month.

Grace and Frankie, Netflix’s new funny and fearless original comedy featuring Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston, is a perfect example of how today’s families can shift, rearrange and blend in unexpected ways. When Grace and Frankie’s husbands leave them after 20 years of marriage—to be with each other—the women find themselves facing a change that they never expected, but they shift their perspective to get through it together with the support of their new blended family and, of course, a sense of humor.

What is it about your modern family that you wouldn’t trade for anything in the world? Explore the things that make other families unique by watching one of the titles in our list below — whether it’s the Gilmore Girls’ dynamic mother-daughter duo or puppet brother in Crash & Bernstein. Then, ask your kids what it is that makes your family special. After all, family is what you make it.

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Premieres globally on Netflix May 8

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Family Is What You Make It

For your little kids:

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For your big kids:

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1. Crash & Bernstein
2. Life with Boys
3. Spy Kids
4. Russell Madness (Available 5/10)

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New on Netflix for Kids and Families

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1. All Hail King Julien (new episodes 4/3)
2. Littlest Pet Shop: Season 3 (4/21)
3. Lalaloopsy: Festival of Sugary Sweets (5/2)
4. Puss in Boots (new episodes 5/8)
5. H20 Mermaid Adventures (5/22)
6. Richie Rich: Season 2 (5/22)
7. Mako Mermaids: Season 3 (5/29)

Have you found any Movies and/or TV Shows you are looking forward to watching this month? Let us know below.

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*Disclosure: I was provided with a product and yearly subscription to Netflix. Come back every month to enjoy more family, kid-friendly movie listings and ideas on how you can enjoy too.*

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