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I take teaching moments very serisously. I know my kids are watching me at all times and while I know I’m not always a model of patience and poise, I do take every chance I can to SHOW my kids how we can be kinder, be good to others, to be humble, to take fault when necessary, to be sympathetic to others’ feelings, to be courageous and brave, and to be willing to stand up for what they believe is important.
We had a moment at the park one day recently when my oldest son witnessed another child being pushed around by another child. After 2.5 years of hearing Mom & Dad explain that when his siblings cry or scream when he’s doing something, that’s their way of saying “No Thank You!”, he simply said to the child pushing “I think she’s saying “No thank you”. When the pusher backed off finally, I watched as my son said “You can come play with me and I will be nice to you!” In a very simple way, this was proof that our little teaching moments ARE making a difference in his world. All of the talks we’ve had about treating his brothers with respect and showing them love when they are hurt (physically or emotionally) led to him letting another child know that the child who was crying was asking for the pushing to stop-and he turned it into his own teaching moment.
Sometimes it can be hard to show my kids what I’m trying to teach them, and that’s when I turn to my favorite animated series, Veggie Tales. They always hit the nail on the head in a way that makes sense to children in a fun, entertaining way! They focus on so many everyday problems kids have and need help working through and my boys can be found singing the songs around the house at any given moment. Best of all, I used to watch Veggie Tales when it first came out with my siblings and now I can stream it with my own kids on Netflix anytime!
Veggie Tales is one of many shows Netflix offers that are full of teachable moments for your kids and teens! Here’s a list of the shows that can help open the door for conversations with your kids:
For the little kids:
Watch The Hive Ep. S1E1: Babee’s Room
Buzzbee and Rubee compete over who Babee (their new sibling) gets to room with. Mom and Dad must explain to Buzzbee and Rubee that Babee needs to grow up before she can share a room.
Watch Veggie Tales In The House Ep. S1E1: Puppies & Guppies/ Sorry We’re Closed Today
Larry and Laura Carrot want to adopt puppies but quickly learn it takes responsibility in order to watch over and care for a pet of their own.
Following the Rules
Watch Puffin Rock S1E6: Stormy Weather/ Baba’s Adventure/ Rock Music
Mama tells Oona and Baba to stay close with a storm approaching. After ignoring her advice, Oona and Baba get stuck in a seagull nest during the heavy thunderstorms.
For the big kids:
Watch Puss In Boots Ep. 113: Star
After Dulcinea feels like no one in the group needs her help, she tries to use a newly-discovered wishing star to show her worth — but fails — showing her that presence alone has lit up her friends’ lives all along.
Watch Project MC2 Ep. 103: Smart is the New Cool
After McKeyla insists she works better alone, she learns that four is better than one when her friends jump in to help her rescue the Prince from a botched space mission.
Watch Fuller House Ep. 106: The Legend of El Explosivo
After getting grounded for sneaking off to Bobby Popko’s house, Jackson realizes he needs to stand up for what he knows is right and not give in to please his friends.
Social Media FOMO (Fear of Missing Out)
Watch Girl Meets World Ep. 102: Girl Meets Boy
Cory challenges his class to unplug from their phones for a week. When Riley and her crush Lucas sit down to talk face-to-face, personal stories bring them closer.
Watch Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Ep. 104: Kimmy Goes to the Doctor!
Kimmy quickly realizes that she can’t fix her problems by simply “Buhbreezing” them away – real change comes from the inside.
Watch Degrassi Ep. 101: #BootyCall
According to the kids of Degrassi Community School, butts are the new boobs. But Shay’s realization that “brains are the new butts” can speak to a number of body image insecurities.
Each of these titles include so many episodes that can help you to open up conversations and to show-not tell- kids how to act in many different real-life situations. Check them all out today!
This post was written as part of the Netflix Stream Team. I received a Netflix subscription to facilitate my features, but all opinions are my own.