My kids are just like me in their Netflix viewing habits – they’re repeat offenders. They have the shows/movies they like, and getting them to check out something new isn’t always easy.

Dinotrux premiered on Netflix at just the right time. ETC saw a preview for the show on the DVD for Home, so when they saw the image pop up on Netflix, they freaked out. “We just saw that preview before Home! Can we watch it?”

Something new I don’t know the theme song to by heart (and wish I didn’t)? SURE, KIDDOS.

It’s a cute show, I must say. Half dinosaur, half construction truck, the first two episodes I’ve seen talk about bullies and standing up for yourself as well as the power of sticking together and being friends. All three of my kids were captivated for two episodes while I cooked dinner after a long day at the playground.

I’m a fan.

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Did you HEAR? Netflix is going to start streaming Reading Rainbow TOMORROW.

I started pregaming with my kids this week by watching some of the newest episodes with LaVar Burton on YouTube, but all four of us are downright ecstatic for full episodes to be available for binging.

My love of merging books with TV/movies for my kids is no secret. Two of ETC’s favorite Netflix “shows” are The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child, and they beg for more! more! more! when I put on the Scholastic stories with books like Bark, George! and Chrysanthemum.

Reading Rainbow will be a total game changer, though. The books and teaching segments on the show are not only nostalgic (third grade, lights off, popcorn with fake-cheese powder on my brown paper towel square), but they are timeless.

Netflix just keeps getting better.

(In case you don’t follow me on Twitter, a quick story about a Netflix-related, awesome-parenting-moment milestone Eleanor hit this month: Thanks to the endless Friends marathons Netflix provides once my kids are in bed, Eleanor, who frequently wakes up once a night for a snack, recognized her first Friend by name last week: Phoebe. I am a proud mama.)

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Parents, you know that moment. Your kids ask to do something, and you’re only half paying attention (because you’re doing four other things at the time), and you say, “OK, sure!” because you don’t hear any red-alert words (fire, hit, blood, *&#%!@, etc.), and the next thing you know you realize you have given permission to something NOT COOL.

Abort! Abort! Abort!

Except sometimes it isn’t that easy.

Sometimes the kid wanders off with their iPad and quietly becomes obsessed with Mako Mermaids, H2O and whatever other shows are related.

You don’t realize it’s a problem until the song has wormed its way into your head and you poke your nose in front of theirs and finally check out what it is they’re newly in love with.

The abort! button is now attached to the heartbreak! button, and for the love of all that’s holy, “Because I think this show is obnoxious,” is apparently a reason with some sort of maxed-out limit (and I refuse to take Spongebob off my NOPE list), so the obnoxious show becomes one of those Things you just deal with because it isn’t hurting anyone (except your own brain), and look at how cute they are swooning over mermaids and pretending to be mermaids in the pool!

No? You’ve never been there? Huh. Don’t mind me. I’ll just be over here humming along with, “Together, forever together lying in the sun!”

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We’ve been a little … busy lately. We sold the house Rob and I bought 10 years ago – before we were married, before we had babies – heck, before we even had a dog! – and moved 45 minutes away, to the town where Rob has worked (and commuted to/from) for 10 years (also where we keep our boat).

It’s a great move, but oof. With getting our house ready to sell, being on the market, shopping for a new house, packing and moving, this year has been B-U-S-Y.

ETC have been handed a fair amount of neglect independence by proxy through it all, and one major freedom we’ve handed over has been control over what shows/movies they watch.

They don’t have a TV in their room or playroom, but we managed to acquire three first-generation iPads through the years, so they essentially each have an iPad they use to access Netflix.

It’s scary and exciting, all at once.

They’re honest kids, and they almost always check with one of us before they watch something new, and they rarely sneak-watch something they’ve been told they can’t see. They watch Netflix using a kids’ profiles, so they’re fairly limited on what’s appropriate, but there are still things I just don’t care for and say, “Nope!”. Like Sponge Bob (thank GOD that isn’t on Netflix).

Watching them branch out and make their own choices has been kind of fun. They have shows they all watch for sure – any Disney is pretty much fair game, and Netflix added Sofia the First this month! SCORE! – but there are some shows that are kid-specific.

Toby loves Ninjago and pretty much anything with a super hero. He’s dying to be able to watch the live-action movies for TMNT and Batman and talks about “someday” when he’ll be big enough to see them.

Eleanor is obsessed with My Little Pony and Strawberry Shortcake, which just warms my little 80s-kid heart.

Callista is all about mermaids, and the Netflix original series, Mako Mermaids turns my little girl’s face into a heart-eyed emoji.

Watching them choose these new shows to watch, then getting to talk about the shows with my kids has been a really fun experience. My babies are getting all sorts of grown up!

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The sold sign was packed away a long time ago, now buried under the mountain of boxes that is our tangible lives from the last 10 years. We have just four more sleeps in this house that welcomed us home from our honeymoon, provided distraction through infertility, sat quiet and neglected while I spent most of my waking hours in the NICU, filled to the brim with cloth diapers, baby gear and baby cried. Three sets of feet took their first steps on these floors, and corners have been dented by a head that required stitches.

Yes, this last month has been busy. All of 2015 has been busy, in fact, and the light is at the end of the tunnel.

I can’t wait to return to a normal routine with my family, and while we pack up our lives and move to the next county, we’re clinging to the little constants we haven’t had to pack away, one of which is Netflix.

Left to their own devices – which if you’ve ever moved with three 4-year-olds, you know is going to happen whether you like it or not – ETC have come to find their own favorites on Netflix. Toby loves the Lego shows, especially the Ninja ones; Eleanor is a huge fan of My Little Pony; and Callista can’t get enough of Color Crew, a show she claims teaches her how to color. I don’t necessarily agree with the shows they pick, but I love watching their preferences develop.

I had a solid week of Brit binging – all Hugh Grant all the time. I watched Notting Hill and the two Bridget Jones movies and … I guess that’s it. Do you SEE what moving is doing to my brain? Three movies equals a solid week. Because it took me that long to get through them. Oof.

Then I found Clueless. Ah, Cher. I can always count on 1990s humor to pick me up when I’m feeling blue or stressed, and it doesn’t get more ’90s than Cher & Co. And Paul Rudd. Oh, Paul Rudd.

On my to-watch list for the upcoming month is Daredevil, the new(ish? How long do we call something “new” on the Internet these days?), Netflix original series from Marvel, which I soaked entirely too long in the tub while watching one night. I haven’t had the attention span for it since, but I am anxious to see where the show goes. I’m a total sucker for movies based on comics – interesting considering I never got into comics.

Did you watch Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt? Have you watched Daredevil? What else am I missing while I’ve been buried under boxes?

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