Recently, we had the misfortune of a sick day at home. I wasn’t sick, for once, but my baby (7 year old) boy woke me up at 3:30am in this way:
Overhead light in my bedroom suddenly turns on. The nighttime silence is broken by the sounds of “Mommy” through sniffling and tears. “What’s wrong? Did you have a nightmare? Are you scared?” I ask. All of which would have had an easy fix. Instead, he replies, “My throat hurts!!!!!!!”
Yes, he really used all those exclamation points. After a dose of ibuprofen, I got him back to sleep and in the morning, I proceeded with the arduous tasks of reporting his school absence, canceling his dentist visit (which I had booked weeks in advance), and found a last minute slot at the pediatrician’s office. It was strep throat.
Last year, I was a novice at caring for strep throat. This year, I’m a pro. Lots of liquids, antibiotics, ibuprofen, a blanket and pillow, a couch, and the remote.
Thank God for Netflix.
Since we don’t have “real” TV, we watch everything on demand and spend most of the time on Netflix, where my son knows how to navigate the menus better than most adults. But I still approve everything he watches and help him find movies and shows that are “safe” for him to watch. And for that, I can count on Disney.
If it’s movies you’re into (because you need a good hour long reprieve), you’ll find some of the animated classics like:
- The Aristocats
- The Nightmare Before Christmas
- Robin Hood
- The Rescuers
Truth be told, I haven’t actually seen Mulan and two of them are just not my cup of tea (I’ll let you guess which two). But most of them bring back happy childhood memories for me and make new ones for my son.
But if you’re looking for a distraction for older kids, these are some of the shows my son has been binge watching lately. Yes, he totally does that.
I can honestly say I have seen every single episode of every single one of these shows, with the exception of Wizards (my husband is more into that than I am). And as much as it pains me to admit it, I actually like them.
But… if you’re tired of watching all your son’s picks because you just can’t take another episode of something, Disney has something for you too.
Well, for me anyway. I can always rely on my guilty pleasure. ALL FOUR TINKERBELL MOVIES!!!
(P.S. Boys secretly like them too.)
I’m part of the Netflix Stream Team which means that I write about them monthly but all opinions are my own.