We just got back from being without screens for four days. It actually went really well because we were so busy the boys didn’t have time to want to watch anything. Even before bedtime when a show is usually what chills everyone out, they were so tired from all the swimming and playing that a listening to a couple books was enough to knock them out.
Last night, though, when we got home around bedtime, the first question was: Can we watch a show? Of course I answered “yes” because I too, missed the electric glow of the screen. As we watched yet another episode of something the boys are currently obsessed with, I realized that over the past three years, we have learned a lot from Netflix. Here they are in no particular order.
- I should probably not supplement my income by making and selling meth with a former student. (Breaking Bad)
- Vampire squid can see in the dark. (Octonauts)
- Tomato juice works for getting skunk stink off. (Curious George)
- We all enjoy waving our hands in the air like we just do not care. (Home)
- All guys experience the “vinegar strokes.” (The League)
- There were dragons in the time of Vikings. (How to Train Your Dragon and Dragons: Race to the Edge)
- Not everything on Netflix is 100% nonfiction (see above lesson)
- When the children are watching a show and everything stops and the little loading circle stops at 25%, there will be shrieking and gnashing of teeth.
- It’s fun to go to the “search” option and just type random letters and see what offerings pop up.
- Excellent nonfiction books can be turned into ridiculously addictive fictional television series. (Orange is the New Black)
- My kids will watch anything that has been on the Cartoon Network and I will hate all of it.
I have also learned that my kids can binge-watch just about anything, where I simply do not have the binge gene. I can watch a few episodes of something at a time, but I feel like I am wasting my day if I turn on the old Flix then, and at night I am too tired to watch more than a few episodes.
Even so, I have learned that I don’t think our family could go with out Netflix. We all have our favorites shows and movies (um, Back to the Future is now showing. Yes, the entire trilogy!), and it’s become a preferred way to relax at the end of the day…together.