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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