It’s Important to Stay Connected #StreamTeam #ad

It’s so important to stay connected with your kids.  My daughter is 19 and I try to stay connected always … always have.  It’s great to have open communication and a good relationship but it’s work.  As a parent, you have to commit to be present even if you’re tired, not interested, or have a headache. Yes, being a parent is work.  It’s gratifying but it’s work nonetheless.

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I’m not the only one.  Canadian parents (82%) are already watching teen shows to feel closer.  Watching Netflix together provides common ground and a place to start a discussion.

Recently, I watched 13 Reasons Why.  It’s not what I would normally pick but it’s what kids are watching.  Since I want to be in “the know” I had no choice, and so I obliged.  It turns out that I enjoyed it.  I didn’t enjoy the idea that some people might misconstrue the idea behind the show.  I enjoyed it because it was well done, and it that it was done.  This means that it will open up the eyes of many parents that live believing that “it won’t happen” to them or their family.  The truth is it can! It can happen to the best of us, and it can happen to the worst of us.  A good way to prevent an unfortunate tragedy from happening is through communication.  Parents have to be willing to accept that any way is a good way as long as it is a way to communicate with their children.  Keep in mind, as children get older it gets more difficult to keep those doors of communication open.I actually saw 13 Reasons Why alone, but then was able to casually say “yeah, I saw it, what did you think?”.  I’m fortunate that I don’t have an issue with my daughter when it comes to talking about any topic that is serious.  Again, it’s because I have always worked hard at being present in her life.

Life has gotten much more complicated than when I was a teen.  What got me through it was knowing that I could go to my Mom with just about anything … good or bad.  When I had my daughter, I vowed to be that Mom to her.

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Make March Break Sparkle #StreamTeam #NowOnNetflixCA

It’s not often that I think about younger children’s shows; mostly because I no longer have a young child.  Even my nieces and nephew aren’t so young any more!  That doesn’t mean that I don’t notice shows and/or characters.  Now that March Break is here, it’s important to be present in your little ones’ life … play with them, read to them, and watch shows with them.

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Netflix shows have made a positive impact and how strong females have helped shape young girls’ outlook on life.  Julie Andrews has always been upbeat, positive, and encouraging … certainly a wonderful role model for all.

Julie Andrews is an amazing actress, singer, author, theatre director and dancer.  She is an icon and it’s hard to believe that she’s 81 years old because she just doesn’t stop being amazing!  So, guess what?On March 17 Julie Andrews will be making her Netflix debut in Julie’s Greenroom. Brought to life by the Jim Henson Company, the enriching show advocates for the arts and the positive impact creativity can have on every child’s life. With an array of very special guests (Idina Menzel, Sara Bareilles, and Alec Baldwin to name a few), Julie’s Greenroom might be a show you turn on for the kids but find yourself staying until the final curtain call.

JulieAndrewsWhat a treat!  Please do get your little ones to watch, while you enjoy watching this ever-shinning star bring smiles to your little ones’ faces.  Andrews’ ill-fated throat operation in 1997 hasn’t held her back from giving the world her rays of sunshine.

Hmmm, can you tell that I admire Julie Andrews?

Looking for Misery and Dread? #StreamTeam #ad #NowOnNetflixCA

In case you didn’t know, Netflix has Season One totally available to you …

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A Series of Unfortunate Events

Based on the internationally best-selling series of books by Lemony Snicket (aka Daniel Handler) and starring Emmy and Tony Award winner Neil Patrick Harris, Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events recounts the tragic tale of the Baudelaire orphans — Violet, Klaus, and Sunny – whose evil guardian Count Olaf will stop at nothing to get his hands on their inheritance. The siblings must outsmart Olaf at every turn, foiling his many devious plans and disguises, in order to discover clues to their parents’ mysterious death.  The eight-episode series is a Netflix original production, stars Patrick Warburton (Lemony Snicket), Joan Cusack (Justice Strauss), Malina Weissman (Violet Baudelaire) and Louis Hynes (Klaus Baudelaire).  Executive Producers Barry Sonnenfeld and Daniel Handler had the ever unfortunate duty of bringing this most dreaded story to life.

Upon watching A Series of Unfortunate Events, you will find death, blackmail, store-bought cupcakes, a mysterious fire, a notorious snake, a fiendish trap and pre-printed business cards.  Netflix has never been more sorry for their participation in a show, and when you consider their long list of entertainments, you know this is very sorry indeed.

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Have you watched this show yet?  Thoughts?  It is said that viewers have found themselves weeping, and moaning!

Personally, I haven’t seen any of the available episodes (there are 8); however, I have seen mixed reviews … enough that it has sparked my interest and I thought I’d perhaps stir some up right here.