Children of today watch more TV than their parents did at that age. So, instead of making this a regular parenting headache, why not turn it into an enjoyable co-viewing practice with your kids? Here are a few kid-focused shows that are enjoyable for grown-ups too.
Bluey (for 4+, on Disney+)
Australian preschool series Bluey was once hailed as “the best kids’ show of the time.” Interestingly, it manages to be just as entertaining for adults too. The story follows a family of Aussie pups, dad Bandit, mom Chilli, and daughters Bluey and Bingo, as they play imaginative games together. Only seven minutes long, each episode is packed with silly and sweet moments.
The Loud House (for 8+, on Paramount+)
The Loud House is a fun commentary on big family dynamics. With his nine other siblings, Lincoln lives in a “loud” house, and Loud is also his family surname! Each episode follows Lincoln Loud’s journey as he struggles to get by, trying to find himself and fit in with his large family.
Star Wars: Rebels (for 8+, on Disney+)
This show is for the fans of Star Wars, old or young! Taking place between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, Star Wars: Rebels follows the story of Ezra Bridger, an orphan citizen of the planet Lothal. The series features amazing characters, story arcs, battles, and relationships. It’s an exciting show for both young kids and grown-ups.
The Magic School Bus Rides Again (for 5+, on Netflix)
The ’90s generation undoubtedly remembers the excitement of watching The Magic School Bus with Miss Frizzle’s memorable science lessons. Now, Netflix has rebooted the beloved show for those parents’ kids with the name The Magic School Bus Rides Again. One major perk here is that Ms. Frizzle, the younger sister of the original teacher, is voiced by Saturday Night Live-famed Kate McKinnon.
The Owl House (for 8+, on Disney+)
The Owl House is a Common Sense Selection show with beautifully detailed plotlines and character developments. The story centers on a human girl named Luz Noceda, who accidentally stumbles upon the “Demon Realm” and creates an unlikely friendship with the rebellious Eda Clawthorne. The show embraces all things magical, mythical, weird, and wacky, yet remains very relatable.
Ask the StoryBots (For Ages 3+, Available on Netflix)
Ask the StoryBots is a humorous and highly-rated educational series enjoyable for both young children and their parents. In each episode, the characters seek to answer a question by a real kid, like “Why is the sky blue?” Making it more engaging and interesting, the show includes music videos, catchy songs, and even celebrity cameos!
5 Amazing Breeds to Consider When Choosing a New Family Dog
Having a family dog can be a very rewarding experience. Children who grow up with pets tend to learn about empathy and taking care of others more easily and quickly. Choosing a new puppy can be difficult because of all the factors one needs to consider in the process. Below are five great breeds that excel in family environments!
Intelligent, friendly, and very devoted to their humans, Golden Retrievers are a great choice for a family pet. They are medium-sized dogs that tend to be very energetic and active. This means that they require a lot of exercise. They are great with children and get along with other dogs, which is great for families who already have another pet. Golden Retrievers have a life expectancy of around 12 years.
This dog breed is well known for its sweet nature, intelligence, and loyalty. Due to their large size and energy, they need more space than some other breeds, which makes them better suited for families with larger yards. Because of their intelligence, they’re incredibly easy to train and can even help with different tasks and rescue work!
The Beagle is a compact-size dog and its coat is short and easy to groom. That makes them a good choice for families living in apartments or smaller homes. They’re very active so they will need plenty of daily exercise. Friendly and curious, Beagles like to be around other dogs and are great with children. Keep in mind, these dogs like to be vocal so there will be some barking!
Pugs can easily adapt to either a big home, farm, or small city apartment. They love being around people and their small size makes them easy to situate. Although they’re by no means athletes, they still need some daily exercise. They shed, so weekly brushing is necessary. With proper supervision, they can be around children and other dogs. Keep your pug in good health, and he will be there to regale your family for around 15 years or more.
If your family is very active and loves having adventures together in nature, then a Collie will be the perfect fit. These dogs are very strong, curious, and energetic, so they will leap at the opportunity for good exercise. They are very graceful and respond well to training. After all, this dog breed was created for herding! They have stunning fur but only shed seasonally and need occasional grooming.