Don't get me wrong: we have Netflix and Roku and Apple TV and the kids can navigate their ways around there faster than you can say, "Hand me the remote!" So it's not as if we really lack; it's just that our schedules and routines are very different.
Netflix, though, is far from ideal. We either don't know if it can be done, or don't know how to do it, but we really want to create a limited "kids can select from these shows only" list. (We are not big fans of kids' shows. With a few exceptions, it's pretty much PBS Kids or bust around here, and even then, Caillou can move to siberia as far as we're concerned ... likewise a few other programs.) Mick and I have been trying to wean the kids from Netflix because we realized a few weeks ago that WHM was taking the iPad and watching waaaaaaay too much Netflix. He'd be "playing" in his room, under a blanket-made tent, watching some junk cartoon we'd never approve. A few warnings and threats didn't work, so we've made good on the threats -- no. more. iPad. We've always said we wouldn't let the tv babysit the kids, and the whole iPad portable-whatever-you-want-it-to-be has put a wrench in that plan, so we've taken some action.
All of this is to say that we recently discovered that one channel airs three or four straight hours of The Brady Bunch every weekday afternoon and evening.
|I'd love to give a photo credit, but I have no idea where I got this. I did a Google Image search and got more hits than I could count.|
Perfect! Clean, conservative, the kids are well-mannered and well-behaved, we can watch it as a family -- what's not to like?!
It's still a new thing, though, as we've only watched the Brady Bunch two days this week. But the kids are mesmerized.
Here's a conversation we had last night while we watched another family favorite, Wheel of Fortune:
WHM: Mommy? I want to watch dat show about the boys and the guurls (holding his hands out to show two different groups) and they were together but they had nobody to live with.
Mick: The Brady Bunch?
WHM: YES, the Brady Bunch. Living all togevver but all awone!