Watching TV With Your Kids To Connect

Do you think watching television can bring a family together? I do. We don’t watch a ton of TV, we try to limit it to the weekend or a short show during the week, and usually just before bed. It’s a time for us to relax and chill, hang out with each other, laugh together and discuss different things together.

Even when our kids were little babies, it’s so much fun to watch a kids show with them, singing and clapping along with the program. Growing up, I remember watching a lot of movies with my parents and sister, and it was always a ton of fun. From hilarious comedies to action movies or serious dramas, it brought us together and gave us something to talk about!

Are parents seriously watching their teens favourite shows?

Canadian parents (82%) admit they are already watching shows like Supernatural, Pretty Little Liars and Stranger Things to feel closer to their teenager. And teens around the world (74%) are on board, saying they’d be interested in talking to parents about the shows they watch, with both sides (89% of parents and 70% of teens) seeing it as a strong way to bond.

Bridging the conversation gap.

While 56% of parents in Canada think it’s tough to talk to teens, nearly all parents worldwide (93%) feel that watching their TV shows will give them more to talk about and 78% of teens agree. Not only that, but watching shows teens are watching every now and then inspires more than just small talk.

Tackling tough topics.

When it comes to tough conversations (think sex, bullying and stress), parents (79%) and teens (65%) agree that watching the same shows could help start a dialogue. And most teens (71%) even admit that having their parents watch their favourite shows could help them better understand what’s going on in their lives.

So what should parents be watching?

According to teens, content found in shows like Supernatural, Breaking Bad, Daredevil, Friends, Grey’s Anatomy and Orange is the New Black might give parents and teens more to talk about and even help parents better relate to them.

Want to see what happens when parents watch their teen’s shows?

Have you watched 13 Reasons Why with your teen or tween yet? I’m going to wait until my daughter is a touch older and is more interested in it.

Netflix is encouraging people to talk to their kids. If you’re thinking of watching 13 Reasons Why with your teen and are looking for additional information, here are some resources to help navigate the conversation: 13 Reasons Why Talking Points (created by SAVE.org and the JED Foundation) and the after-show titled 13 Reasons Why: Beyond The Reasons. If you are immediately concerned about a teen in your life, you can find a list of local market resources on this 13 Reasons Why Global Resource Website.

Disclosure: I’m on the Netflix #StreamTeam but all opinions here are my own.

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