I’ve joked more than a few times over the years that parents really have kids so they can get a second crack at childhood … or at least to relive some of their favorite moments from the good old days without people giving them the stink-eye. Just look at how fashions come back in 20-year cycles. When I dressed my daughter in a “vintage” (read really old) sweatshirt from my youth, she fit right in with the other kids on playground.
Moms, Dads, here’s the thing. The marketers KNOW this about us. They KNOW we are an easy mark!
And so it is with Netflix. Yes, I’m a Netflix blogger. And when I logged in one night with my daughter only to find The Babysitter’s Club, Scholastic’s short-lived ’90s series based on the Ann M. Martin’s books of the same name, I knew that every nostalgic bone in my body was being tugged on. But gosh darnit, did it feel good.
The 8-year-old and I indulged in three straight episodes of cheesy goodness before I finally decided I should send her off to bed. It was one of those moments as a parent that you always look forward to — the day you get past the huge age gap between people who think poop is hilarious and people who are sick of cleaning up poop, the day your interests and your kid’s will collide.
For us that’s come about more and more in the past school year as she’s begun taking up some of my more treasured novels of childhood. She’s worked her way through all the Pippi Longstocking books, sobbed at the too quick ending of The Cricket in Times Square, and who could ever forget Ramona Quimby. Alas, reading is not something we can really do “together,” at least not the same books at the same time.
Which brings me back to Netflix. Hey, I warned you it was going to happen.
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We have other family interests — soccer, blowing things up, the usual — but we’re living in a digital age and there’s digital happenings in my house. And thanks to this virtual walk down memory lane, my kid is finally getting some of my old references and jokes! Even more important — to me anyway? She’s getting a picture at the pop culture that shaped who her mother (and father!) are today.
Oh right, and we’re getting to be little kids again … if only for a half hour-long show.
Looking for some classics the big kids can dig into? How about trying these on for size:
1. Saved by the Bell
2. The Baby-Sitters Club
3. Family Ties
4. Jem and the Holograms
5. The Hardy Boys Nancy Drew Mysteries
6. Spiderman and His Amazing Friends
As for the little kids, how about adding these to your queue?
1. The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
2. The Care Bears Movie
3. The Smurfs and the Magic Flute
4. Strawberry Shortcake
5. Curious George
6. Sesame Street
What’s you’re favorite classic to watch with your kids?
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Disclaimer: As a Netflix Stream Team member, I receive free Netflix, however I’m not otherwise compensated and all opinions expressed in this post are my own.