Thursday, May 19, 2016

Tween Drama, There's An Ep. For That

You're awkward and your body is changing. Your voice cracks at the worst times. You may start to feel like the opposite sex doesn't have cooties anymore. In fact, they may seem to interest you more than you would like to admit to your parents though you would be mortified to let on that you even like anyone, you know, in that way.  You may begin to dress differently or be persuaded by your friends to do things you normally wouldn't do. There's so much more drama than you would have ever imagined. Before you knew it, you made it into middle school but it's not as easy as you thought it would be.

Parents, this is middle school. Remember the awkward times? Remember how clumsy you were or how your feet seemed to be ten times bigger than you remembered them? Remember feeling out of place trying just to fit in? The middle school years are a difficult time. It's confusing to navigate all these changes in personalities and friendships. Suddenly, you are a parent of a tween and you don't know how you got there. School is different and your kids are different so how do you help them remain themselves among all these changes?  The key is communication. But how do you broach these difficult times with your kids? Netflix has an Ep(isode) for that.

Many of the episodes and movies on Netflix include examples of common problems that tweens and teens are facing in and out of school today. Watching episodes together can open up conversations with your tweens when just asking outright might make it more awkward. Here are a list of our favorite shows and movies that bring up common issues our kids face today.

A.N.T. Farm is a great show about Chyna and her friends Olive and Fletcher who are gifted students so advanced, they are moved up to Webster High School where they try and navigate high school while in the A.N.T. (Advanced Natural Talent) program. There are some great episodes that revolve around friendship, honesty, and growing up while feeling out of place.

Lost & Found Music Studios is a great show about musically talented tweens and teens who compete to be the elite music talent of a program designed to develop their talents. While competing, they run into issues with friendship, creativity, and sometimes romance between their interactions with their peers.

Lemonade Mouth, a book written by Mark Peter Hughes, follows the rise of a bunch of misfit kids who accidentally find each other in detention one day only to form a band in a school that only sees sports as a worthy extra-curricular activity. Along the way, the learn how to deal with their collective and personal struggles as individuals trying to make their mark in the world.

If you were a fan of Boy Meets World with the ups and downs Corey Matthews and Topanga Lawrence's relationship, Girl Meets World is a similar version with their daughter, Riley this time navigating her ups and downs with friends, family, and life in junior high school.

Okay, this show isn't so much about tween drama as it is about funny, silly things that kids have to deal with but this show makes me laugh every time I watch it. Featuring special agents, Otto and Olive, the agents of Odd Squad have to go around righting wrongs in their town using math skills to solve problems. This show is delightful and the cast is incredibly funny.

If you are looking for a show that is uplifting to young girls then Project Mc² on Netflix is the show for you. Project Mc² is like having that A Ha! moment in science class or solving that equation on the smart board in front of the class. Four girls navigate high school while using their specialized talents to solve mysteries while working for a secret spy society. A show that uplifts the importance of girls mastering S.T.E.A.M? Kids will enjoy the tween drama but also learn something along the way too.

Disclaimer : This post was brought to you by DadNCharge on behalf of the Netflix #StreamTeam. All opinions are my own. 

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