Recent research shows that teenagers need and want to spend quality time with their parents - something I've always believed. But it can be difficult when you have very different interests. So I was a bit dubious when my son asked me would I watch the Avatar series with him, especially when I learned that there were 54 episodes. But actually it's become a pleasant nightly routine to sit down with him for a half hour or so. It's easy on the eye, a bit like a Japanese-style Teletubbies for teenagers, but with more exciting adventures, interesting characters, special powers, and a moral undercurrent.
Did you know that Netflix includes access to some of the best nature documentaries ever? I certainly didn't, until my children found them. My son has always been interested in nature - just like his Mammy - but the days of the family gathering around the telly on a Sunday night to see the latest from David Attenborough seem to be long gone, so I was delighted that my son had been seeking out and enjoying many of his best shows, plus some others too, like these:
This is where we are struggling a bit. He wants me to recommend a Morgan Freeman film for the holidays and Netflix has come up with this (fairly limited selection). Now we just need to choose. Would any of you like to suggest which would be the most suitable for a 13 year old boy?
However Netflix hasn't managed to suggest any great films that would help my son improve his attempts at an Australian accent. My first thought was Crocodile Dundee, but sadly it's not there...
Whatever about the lack of good films on Netflix, the choice of TV series is getting better and better, even for a fussy family like this one. I'm really loving Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, it's my go to programme when I'm feeling down, and then there's this.
We're huge Marvel fans in this house and having watched the trailer, I can tell you that if you’re a Marvel fan, you’re going to LOVE this series. It has all the Marvel ingredients that you'd expect: special powers, great action sequences, and the never-ending battle between good and evil.
The date is circled on the calendar and we can't wait!
Disclosure: I have received free Netflix streaming, and a streaming device as part of my membership of the Netflix Stream Team. All opinions expressed in this post are my own.