My kids are always saying and doing things that make me question where they’ve learned it or how they come up with these things. I am reminded that we have Netflix and nine times out of ten, they will have learned it from watching their favorite shows or different movies.
I will never give up!
My oldest is now 18 (yes, that makes me sad) but even she has some interesting take aways from watching Netflix. She went through a vegetarian stage because she learned how animals are exploited for human use by watching the documentary, Earthlings (this was a couple years ago but I still remember it). She watched Criminal Minds and decided to take forensics her Senior year and absolutely loved it. For her, it isn’t any one thing that she’s learned, but if I had to say anything it would be that she is learning more about herself through what she has been watching on Netflix. She has explored different areas of her life to help her figure out what her likes and dislikes are. With so many outside influences in her life, resorting to watching Netflix in her room, kept her safe and has helped her with figuring out “who” she is and “who” she wants to become.
My son is going on 15 and he is so completely opposite from my oldest. He’s a nerd at heart and watches things like Pokemon (cause who isn’t right now) and those like Phineas and Ferb and other anime shows that I can’t even pronounce. But lets get back to Phineas and Ferb for a moment because that one I can clearly relate to having watched many of the episodes myself. Little life lessons like making sure you have a plan. It’s ok to dream and go after what you want, but when you do this, you need to have a plan, much like anything in life. He is also persistent. When he wants something, he makes sure that he has studied the facts, calculated all the risks, and doesn’t take no for an answer. I mean, Dr. Doofenshmirtz’s is always coming up empty handed but he is persistent and keeps on trying. And, one of the biggest having two sisters is that being a tattletale never gets you anywhere! He’s learned how to get around that tattletaling sister of his!
My youngest (soon to be 12) still watches Spongebob which I believe the relationship that Spongebob has with his friends has had a huge impact on her. She has learned that friendship is so valuable and to never take that for granted. You can be friends with someone who is completely opposite of you and yet, you always have something to learn. She also knows that it is ok to be different from others. She doesn’t have to pretend to be someone or something she is not. She is unique for just being her. More importantly, she doesn’t let other people’s judgments dictate who she is or who she wants to be.
So you see, young or old, there is always some lesson that can be learned just from watching shows on Netflix. Sometimes the lessons are hidden within a cartoon character’s role, but it’s there, you’re for the taking!