Being a parent is often a lesson in prioritizing. Kids have a way of filling in the unnecessary gaps of time that used to be used to do things that you really didn’t absolutely need to do. You didn’t realize you didn’t need to do them because you just had some much more time for things than you even noticed. For instance, I used to play golf. Not anymore. Taking 6 hours on a Saturday to wander around and try to hit a small white ball? Are you kidding me?!?! I needed to prioritize my use of time and golf just wasn’t in the equation anywhere. I’m not saying that you need to give up the things that you love when you have kids. Not at all. I’m saying that having kids made me realize I didn’t absolutely have to have golf in my life to be happy. It just clarifies things.
We all probably watch more television than we should even though we don’t admit that to others (or even to ourselves!). There is no “time-killer” like watching television. And it seems that we are certainly in a renaissance period of quality programs and most of us all have those shows we “can’t live without”. Lucky for us parents of the 21st century, we don’t have to maneuver our lives around the time slot of a show. Most of what we watch these days is streaming on demand. This means that we can squeeze these shows in whenever they are convenient for us. I can’t even quantify the value of being able to do this.
Netflix is a HUGE part of us being able to watch what we want to watch when we want to watch it. We lean on Netflix daily to provide our entertainment, our education and our unwinding at the end of the day.
It starts in the morning when the kids are eating breakfast. Like most families, we have a highly coordinated morning routine that doesn’t (can’t!) deviate much. So it is nice to be able to turn on a kids program for our children and dictate exactly when it will start and know exactly how long it is.
I am a huge fan of documentaries, and Netflix has no shortage of these. I usually watch these before bedtime, when I am unwinding at the end of the day. I recently watched the Netflix Documentary “Get Me Roger Stone”, which I highly suggest. My wife and I are both Marvel fans and we like to watch The Defenders series together. We like being able to squeeze in an episode of Iron Fist while our children are upstairs having their own “screen time” before bed.
I remember when I was a child, we only had one TV in the house and my brother and I had to argue about whether we were going to watch CHiPs that night or The Dukes of Hazard. With the added convenience of being able to watch Netflix on electronic mobile devices, my whole family can watch what they want to watch when they want to watch it. We have 3 iPads in our home that we frequently use to watch Netflix, we love that our daughter can curl up in bed before going to sleep to watch the latest episode of her favorite series.
With Netflix, you don’t have to be a slave to your family’s schedule anymore. You can still be there for all of the responsibilities that parenthood throws at you and not miss a moment of the latest episode of House of Cards!
Check out what is new on Netflix this month: