Showing posts with label Picks for Families. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Picks for Families. Show all posts

Monday, March 31, 2014

This Month’s Picks for Families: Totally Tubular #TBT

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.

I’ve been working at Netflix for a little more than a year and one of the stories I hear over and over is how parents love to introduce their children to characters they grew up with.  I know one dad who is watching all the superhero series from the 70s and 80s with his son.  He told me it’s like reliving his childhood and he gets to see the characters through his son’s eyes, which can be a pretty magical thing. It’s become their own special ritual and an easy way to have some bonding time. 

And I’ve heard from a mom who started watching Bones because her daughter loved the show so much.  It gave them something to do together at a time when moms and teens don’t always connect.  That 1 hour on the couch has lead to meaningful conversations about what’s going on in her daughter’s life, including what she wants to study in school…turns out she wants to be like Angela and work in a lab.

Those stories give me goosies (yep, I just outed myself, I still watch American Idol). So in the spirit of the ever-popular #TBT trend, we’ve put together a list of TV shows and movies from when we were kids to share with your brood.

For your big kids:








I must admit, when I saw this craft I let out a little yelp!  My daughter and I will be making some Shrinky Dinks this week. 



Who can forget Billy Cosby and his J-E-L-L-O commercials? Relieve the 80s with homemade pudding pops.

Enjoy sharing a piece of your childhood with your kids.

-Jenny

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

Monday, March 3, 2014

This Month’s Pick for Families: Science Fair Greats

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.

Do you know the optimal time for cooking microwave popcorn? 2 minutes and 15 seconds. I know this because my little sister examined this for her science fair project when I was in high school. She and my mom popped bags of popcorn for different amounts of time and then in a very scientific way counted how many kernels were left unpopped vs. how many burned pieces there were to get to an optimal time. And while I ended up learning a valuable and practical piece of info, I also remember being IRATE that her science project was so easy and that she even won some ribbons for it.  My projects always tried to be over the top, as if I was dressed in a lab coat, ready to save the world.  In reality, it often ended in tears - from my mom.


So when I saw this funny poster on Facebook a few weeks ago, it made me think….maybe Netflix can bring some fun to this family affair. We’ve put together a list of TV shows to inspire your kids when it comes to the most important task, picking an idea for their science project.
   
For your big kids:


2. How Do They Do It
3. Is It Possible?
4. Build It Bigger
5. How the Universe Works
6. Extreme Engineering
7. Mythbusters

And your little kids:




If you’re looking to jumpstart your kids’ scientific creativity, try this quick and easy light bulb experiment. Learn how to build your own here.


You can also further your kids’ science knowledge while indulging your sweet tooth with this sea foam candy recipe. As you add the secret ingredient (baking soda!) to boiled sugar, the mixture will bubble and quadruple in volume. Click here to learn how to build your own.

Or you can just feel free to steal that popcorn idea…

-Jenny

Thursday, February 6, 2014

This Month’s Pick for Families: Go For the Gold

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.

My daughter started Kindergarten this year - so naturally we felt it must be time to start soccer too. I got her a special pink soccer outfit and pink shin guards to go along with her pink gym shoes (because of course I wouldn’t invest in cleats just yet…).  We met the team and she followed the coach’s direction well.  But after three ‘games’ she decided she didn’t want to play soccer anymore.  My husband, who played every sport growing up, declared “we needed to teach her what commitment is” and lectured me on how she needed to stick with it.  I said I didn’t want to fight with her every Saturday morning and that she was only 5!  I won and we stopped soccer.  J  But he was actually right. 

Our kids do need to learn about sticking with something until they feel the thrill of success.  And that’s why I love this month’s idea.  We’re going to introduce the Olympics to my kids (they’re still pretty young) and start talking about the importance of dedication, teamwork and inspiration.  Common Sense Media provided us a great list of  key lessons you can teach your kids while tuning in to the games. They also compiled a guide to watching the winter events as a family in hopes of bringing everyone together from some fun viewing and bonding time. 

As we like to do, we pulled together a handful of movie and TV shows you can enjoy before, during and after the games.

 For Your Big Kids


For Your Little Kids



If you’re planning your own backyard games, check out these easy to make, oven-baked clay medals that can be used again and again. Click here to learn how to make your own.










If your little athlete prefers to cheer from the sidelines, pick their favorite sport and create these delicious sports cakes made with whole wheat, mashed bananas, and fresh orange juice. Click here to learn how to make your own.






Here’s to going for gold! 
-Jenny
Jenny McCabe is director of the Consumer PR team at Netflix (and a mom of two) 

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

This Month’s Pick for Families: To Grandmother’s House We Go

I’m a working mom of two little kids and I couldn’t imagine living without Netflix. Honestly. It was true even before I started working here. I love curling up on the couch with my kids tucked under each arm, but I also love the fact that Netflix sometimes helps me keep the house running smoothly…if you know what I mean.

So if you enjoy watching TV shows and movies on Netflix as much as my family does, then I hope you’ll like this blog series. Every month we’ll be posting “This Month’s Picks for Families” to give you some ideas that should 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.

Our first blog post is full of ideas for the Holiday. Some will get your family in the festive spirit, some are perfect for pre-plane waiting time and some will take you down memory lane yourself. In case you hadn’t thought of taking your Netflix with you wherever you spend your holidays, it’s really simple. Just download our free app on your Smartphone or tablet and enjoy your trip over the river and through the woods.

Here are some of your kids’ favorite characters - Holiday style:








If you make it through this list, we have even more holiday favorites here.

December usually means a lot more time out and about, which can be a recipe for cranky kids and cranky parents. So we asked recipe expert Alejandra Ramos to create a Chocolate Candy Cane Smoothie for us…just don’t tell your kids it’s actually packed with protein. Learn how to make your own.


And I love this idea from former Parenting Magazine editor Kelly Ladd on how to create your own Lego travel box. Learn how to make your own.


 

On behalf of our team at Netflix, I wish you all a safe and happy Holiday season.

Jenny

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