Being a parent of older kids is way more challenging than the little ones. I've been saying for years that I'd take a thousand toddlers over teenagers. The conversations are more challenging--subjects that aren't always easy. It's difficult sending them off in different scenarios -- in a car with other teenagers or off to overnight camps. Discussing digital responsibility and the permanence of things like that are definitely not part of what I envisioned when I became a mom. Gone are the days of being able to know my weekends are full of all my kids snuggled up watching a movie with us. Now we have to check work schedules and social calendars. We do still make sure that we connect however, even if it is "just" watching tv together.
I definitely love a classic feel good show or movie and I've totally passed that on to Lily for sure. She is empathetic and feels deeply when watching tv, listening to music, or interacting with people.
We were all looking forward a show this month that would pique the interest of the older kids when we learned that Netflix was doing an original of Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events.
The older two, no problem -- I knew they'd easily find humor in it and Neil Patrick Harris absolutely didn't disappoint. We're only two episodes in so far and that's only due to our family schedule! I was very cautious about Lily watching because she is so empathetic and even the premise of the show with the parents could have been enough to impact her emotionally. We watched the first episode together and talked a lot through it with many reminders that it's pretend and just a show. She likes it and wants to watch more, but doesn't love it like the rest of us. That doesn't surprise me at all. She's teetering between wanting a little more than "baby shows" as she calls them and still being very young.
We have always been very conservative with our kids regarding tv and movies. People we know have let their younger kids watch The Walking Dead and we're still pretty guarded about our oldest! Even though in the last couple years or so, we've started to give him more space regarding movies and shows, we still have conversations about what he's watching and why he likes it or why he wants to watch it. Of course, he just says we're babying him. There's plenty of time to be exposed to enough difficult stuff in the world, there's no reason to invite it into our home through the television.
You know when you blink your eyes and they go from 1 to 17...
Once again, thank goodness for Netflix! We can always find something for everyone!
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