What Kids Need to See Is Love, Sweet Love

DerekWhen I brought my newborn baby home from the hospital, I remember asking myself the question every parent must ask themselves at some point: How could I keep the darkness of the world from leeching into her innocent soul? Even after your child lets loose their first bad word or their first fib, the question stays with you.

How do we raise good kids? In a world full of so much bad?

It would be overly simplistic and and out-right lie to say I have the answer. But if there’s one thing I believe, it’s that our kids learn by example. Present them with good examples, and they learn best practices. Present them with bad ones, and well, you know how it goes.

So when this month’s list of Netflix titles not to miss as you’re making your way through the queue came out, I have to say I did a little punch in the air. Inspired by Derek, the British TV comedy turned Netflix series starring Ricky Gervais about a quirky guy who works at a nursing home, the folks over at Netflix are really beating the drum of acceptance and kindness.

Every mother’s tune, right?

Or it should be.

The researchers keep telling us that childhood is essentially getting shorter. Our kids are aggressively marketed to by companies that wouldn’t know age appropriate if it punched them in the face.

We only get our kids as kids for a short period of time. It behooves us to make sure that as much of the influences in their lives — the way we act, the books they read, the movies and TV shows they watch — promote the sort of things we WANT our kids to be aping.

So … without further adieu … a look at some Netflix titles you actually want your kids to watch …

1. Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Vol. 1 Ep. 6: Friends Help Each Other
2. My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, Season 3, Ep. 4: One Bad Apple
3. Arthur, Season 15, Ep. 8: Muffy’s Classic Classy Club / Best Enemies
4. The Hunchback of Notre Dame
5. Super Why, Season 1, Ep. 61: The Ugly Duckling: Becoming a Swan
6. The Fox and the Hound

And for the older kids …

1. Rudy
2. Mulan
3. A Mile in His Shoes
4. Radio
5. Good Luck Charlie: Down a Tree
6. Glee

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Disclaimer: As a member of the Netflix Stream Team, I receive free Netflix. I was not otherwise compensated for this post, and all opinions expressed are my own.


  1. Jasmine R says:

    I totally agree with this post. Kids definitely learn from example. It’s our job to teach them right from wrong, show them love and respect, and simply let them be kids. 🙂

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