I never really set out to be one of those parents who did the whole “teachable moments” thing with her kids, but, as it turns out, using my kid’s favourite shows as a way to help guide them in the ways of the world is the easiest way to tackle some of the tough conversations parents need to have with their kids these days.
With the Preshus, he’s so smart, sympathetic, and generally clued in to the feelings of others, he often comes to me with his observations when something happens on a show that he doesn’t understand. And even better than that, with all the things that he learns in school, he often surprises me with insightful statements about being nice to people and taking care of the environment that I didn’t know he knew. Not that I’m not teaching him those things, of course, but honestly, sometimes when I get too deep into a teachable moment with him I can see his eyes start to glaze over and I start thinking “he’s Charlie Brown teacher’ing me, isn’t he?”, so I’m not always sure that he’s taking in what I’m trying to teach.
Then sometimes he says something like “Those kids are being so mean, don’t they have a friendship bench they can use?” or “People shouldn’t throw their garbage on the ground, that’s not nice.” and my heart explodes into a thousand shiny starts due to proudness.
Should I keep my life lesson speeches shorter? Probably. Is he learning from both me and the media he consumes, and applying school lessons to all of the above? Apparently. At the end of the day, he’s a pretty good kid, and I’m glad that a lot of what he watches helps me keep him that way.
There are a ton of great kids shows now streaming on Netflix Canada that help make all kinds of tough conversations easier for families. I’m not sure what the old-school Looney Tunes shows taught my generation, but I’m glad that even the updated classics are there for fun and important life lessons.
For Little Kids
Watch Ep. S1E1: Babee’s Room
Buzzabee and Rubee compete over who Babee (their new sibling) gets to room with. Mom and dad must explain to Buzzabee and Rubee that Babee needs to grow up before she can share a room.
Watch Ep. S1E1: Puppies & Guppies/Sorry We’re Closed Today
Larry and Laura Carrot want to adopt puppies, but quickly learn it takes responsibility in order to watch over and care for a pet of their own.
Following the Rules
Watch Ep. S1E6: Stormy Weather/ Baba’s Adventure/ Rock Music
Mama tells Oona and Baba to stay close with a storm approaching. After ignoring her advice, Oona and Baba get stuck in a seagull nest during the heavy thunderstorms.
For Big Kids
Actions Have Consequences
Watch Ep. S1E1&2: Pilot & Consequently
Brandon finds himself in a dangerous situation when trying to help Callie (his new foster sister) find her brother — learning that his actions can result in unexpected consequences.
Watch Ep. S1E4: Kimmy Goes to the Doctor!
Kimmy quickly realizes that she can’t fix her problems by simply “Buhbreezing” them away — real change comes from the inside.
Watch Ep. S1E16: Home
After Sue demands that Mercedes lose weight, Quinn steps in to change her mindset and together they set the stage for beauty at William McKinley High, teaching the importance of empowerment and inclusion.