When we were little my brother, sister and I would wait patiently for 6:00 pm on Sunday night. We would rush through dinner, wash and dry the dishes and run to the couch to watch the Wonderful World of Disney. There were only three channels available on our television until cable arrived in our small town, and this one hour of TV was our favorite of the entire week.
My children will never understand my television viewing constraints. They watch Netflix on their tablets, phones, Apple TV and Roku in the car, at the field or in the backyard. They watch what they want when they want with only parental controls to keep the viewing PG.
In the morning, Beckett watches Lego Ninjago while eating his peanut butter toast. I wrap him up in a warm blanket on the couch and we snuggle while I drink my coffee.
When everyone gets home from school, we move quickly into afterschool activities. We usually have snacks and water in the car ready to drive into Ottawa. On the 60km drive, the girls usually check out what is new on Netflix. This month my DD11 is most excited about Free Rein.
“Free Rein, a coming-of-age story about an American teenager, Zoe, and her summer of intrigue in the English countryside. During her stay at Bright Field Stables, 15-year-old Zoe’s life changes forever when she meets the mysterious horse Raven, whose friendship gives Zoe the strength to deal with issues and explore new relationships. Faced with personal and physical challenges at every turn, Zoe’s inspirational journey will show audiences that life is all about failing – and learning to pick yourself up again.”
In the evening, once everyone has their PJ’s on, homework is done and teeth are brushed it is my turn to enjoy Netflix. Last month I binged Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and laughed out loud. I was sad to see it end. This month, Orange is the New Black is my favorite binge.
My husband is a documentary, westerns, and movies with a bit more violence than I can stomach. One of his recent must watch shows is Homeland. He finds it edgy, gripping and he is currently binge-watching Homeland at the cottage. Jeff has especially enjoyed the ability to download his shows before going to the cottage and traveling for work.
Our Netflix viewing schedule is centered around our traveling to and from events, during the quiet moments early in the morning and in the late evening before bed. Netflix knows that sometimes finding a show to watch can be a challenge. Netflix also knows that fidget spinners are the hottest items on the market right now.
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