Core values are not always easy to teach a child, in fact, it can be downright hard with a 4-year-old – this is the age where they just want to know “Why?”
“Don’t hit your brother!”. “Why?”
“Share your toys!”. “Why?”
Everything has to have a reason and “Because I said so!” just isn’t going to cut it anymore, and it shouldn’t. He needs to know why he should always be respectful of others but also be real with who he is as an individual.
He needs to know that he is the master of his own destruction and that everything he does in life, good or bad, will have a consequence and it’s up to myself and my husband to teach him right from wrong, preferably before something happens that he may or may not regret.
Every parent knows it’s not always easy to approach any child and be like “Hey, let’s talk about…”, they have to want to listen and they can’t be preoccupied with anything else. Otherwise, it’s pretty much like talking to a wall and nothing gets processed because of the distraction.
This is where TV can be a good thing – binge-watching quality shows for kids and/or families together on Netflix CAN help you reinforce good core values in your children and teach them important life skills.
I can’t tell you how many times during binge-watching some of our favourite Netflix shows like Fuller House and even something as juvenile as Word Party I’ve hit pause to talk about what just happened.
And you know what? This is when I’ve found my kids will not only listen but they will ask questions too, opening the topic up for even more discussion. It’s a win-win!
Have a certain topic you want to discuss with your little ones? Want some help from Netflix? Take a look at the cheat sheet below!