Tuesday, January 14, 2014

This Month’s Pick for Families: Laughter is the Best Medicine

As a working mom of two little kids I couldn’t imagine living without Netflix. Honestly. It was true even before I started working here. To help show other families out there how Netflix fits into your life, we’ve created, “This Month’s Picks for Families.’ Every month we’ll make recommendations and give you some ideas that could fit into your family’s routine that month. And we’ll also include some craft or recipe ideas, but don’t worry we’ll keep them realistic and practical.

At my house, it starts in the middle of the night. One of the little people that should be sleeping down the hall cries out in a feeble voice “moooommmmmeeeeeee,” which is usually followed by some coughing. I’m up in an instant, feeling their foreheads, praying they’re not on fire. If this sounds familiar and if you’re like me, the next day is going to include a little Netflix.

Since laughter can truly be the best medicine, this month we’re sharing a few silly movies your school-aged kids might enjoy. My kids are still little and they love to watch their favorite characters going through the same things they are, so we’ve also included a few ideas about shows where they go to the doctor.

Turn sniffles into giggles with these:

1. Daddy Day Care
2. Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves
3. Hoodwinked Too!
4. Escape from Planet Earth
5. The Croods [streaming on Netflix 1/29]
6. Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2
7. Beverly Hills Chihuahua 3

Show your kids that even their favorite characters get sick with these TV shows:

1. Magic School Bus: Inside Ralphie
2. Sesame Street: The Ten Commandments of Health
3. The Adventures of Chuck & Friends: The Checkup
4. Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood: Daniel Visits the Doctor
5. Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood: Daniel Gets a Shot

Starve a fever, feed a cold. Or is it feed a fever and … oh I give up. Once your routine has been shot to pieces, coming up with ways to get some nutrition into your sickies can prove challenging. That’s why we teamed with recipe expert, Alejandra Ramos, this month to provide us a few tips on how to serve your child’s afternoon snack in a way that's sure to leave them (and you) with a smile. You can check them out here.

If your child’s feeling a little stir-crazy, but still too sick to head back to school, we’ve got a fun craft activity you can make together from expert Kelly Ladd. These simple, but fun dream catchers can be made from the comforts of their bed and are a great way to ward off your little ones flu-sick dreams. You can check it out here.

Wishing you and your family the best of luck this flu season – stay healthy.


Jenny McCabe is director of the Consumer PR team at Netflix (and a mom of two)