Netflix: Helping my kids get along. Or… just helping me get some QUIET!

The public schools here are closed today. Thank you, democratic process! They are being used as polling stations, which means that Holden is home with me and Parker. It figures, the ONE day I have an important phone call is a day where there is no school. Although I discussed with the boys at LENGTH how important this call was, and stressed that they absolutely needed to be quiet just for a little while so I could get through this call, about a minute in, it sounded like a bomb went off in my living room. Screaming, crying, yelling, complaining. They’re lucky I love them and am good at keeping a professional decorum because I nearly snapped.

Siblings fight, it’s what they do, but we are entering the holiday season. A time to be thankful for family- to spread LOVE- not whiny slap fights. Family dysfunction during holidays shouldn’t occur until they’re at LEAST in the double digits. It was about time to school these kids, even though school is not in session.

HOW?? How would I attempt such a feat?

Netflix. Duh!

Look, I’ve tried doing it the good old fashioned way- with threats and more threats, and that didn’t work. I’ve tried teaching it practically by playing games with them both and pointing out when they are starting to fight and why it’s the wrong reaction to have. None of that is effective. This doesn’t make them bad kids- but sometimes we just have to find alternatives to the standard route, and this was one of those times!

The only options I had left were to either sell the kids on Craigslist, or sit their butts down in front of the TV and show them solid examples of people (or characters… whatever works!) who successfully work through their issues regardless of their differences and are great friends. Luckily, since I have Netflix, I don’t ever have to look very far.


With Netflix’s help, maybe my kids won’t get along this month, or learn the true meaning of friendship and teamwork…. but at least they’re quiet, and that’s kinda the same thing, right?? RIGHT?!

Needing a little help getting your kids to get along? Or even just in need of a few moments of PEACE? Here are some suggestions from Netflix for kids of all ages (and even some for you!)


20 Dynamic Duos Available on Netflix

For your little kids:

Veggie Tales in the house
Sesame Street Elmo   Friends
Bo on the Go
Justin Time
The Fox and The Hound 2
1. Bob and Larry: VeggieTales in the House
2. Bert and Ernie: Sesame Street: Elmo and Friends
3. Bo and Dezzy: Bo on the Go!
4. Justin and Olive: Justin Time
5. Tod and Copper: The Fox and the Hound 2
6. Clifford and Elizabeth: Clifford

And your big kids:

Phineas and Ferb
Scooby-Doo Mystery Incorporated
Wild Kratts
Adventure Time
Mario Bros Super Show
Charlotte s Web
1. Phineas and Ferb
2. Shaggy and Scooby: Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated
3. Vada and Thomas: My Girl
4. Martin and Chris: Wild Kratts
5. Finn and Jake: Adventure Time
6. Mario and Luigi: The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!
7. Charlotte and Wilbur: Charlotte’s Web

Plus a few for mom and dad:

Gilmore Girls
New Girl
how i met your mother
30 Rock
Breaking Bad
The X Files
Wayne s World
1. Rory and Lorelai: Gilmore Girls
2. Schmidt and Nick: New Girl
3. Ted and Barney: How I Met Your Mother
4. Liz and Jack: 30 Rock
5. Walter and Jesse: Breaking Bad
6. Mulder and Scully: The X-Files
7. Wayne and Garth: Wayne’s World



I tried to get them to write a poem together, and this is what they came up with:

Yeah…. I think we’ll stick with Netflix.

Posted on November 4, 2014 by Holdin' Holden 0 Comment
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