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School is out, and summer break has officially started! I know many of my friends’ dread summer break but I actually always look forward to it! These last few weeks of school have been so busy, so I welcome the break and downtime! I am also looking forward to catching up with close friends and family that we often don’t get to see much due to our hectic schedules during the school year.
So, this month’s theme for Netflix StreamTeam fits really well for me this month! Its “Family is what you make it.” We all have families, but the truth is these days they’re starting to look less like the Clevers or the Huxtables. What used to be traditional “nuclear” family has evolved into a kaleidoscope of possibilities. Start with parents (maybe two dads, a single mom, or a stay at home dad…), add a dash of half/step/full/adopted siblings, a side of grandparents, a pinch of aunts, uncles, cousins, a splash of pets, topped off with close friends (and all the combinations thereof). Now you’ve got a modern family — each uniquely quirky — yet picture perfect in its own way.
Grace and Frankie, Netflix’s new funny and fearless original comedy featuring Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston, is a perfect example of how today’s families can shift, rearrange and blend in unexpected ways. When Grace and Frankie’s husbands leave them after 20 years of marriage—to be with each other—the women find themselves facing a change that they never expected, but they shift their perspective to get through it together with the support of their new blended family and, of course, a sense of humor. I haven’t checked this out yet, but it is on my list as soon as I have time to sit down long enough to watch and enjoy it!
Personally, my family has always been blended and unique since I am biracial. Having a biracial family back in the 70s in the south was not something that you really seen a lot! Today thankfully, it’s more common. My bio uncle and aunt raised me as their own and even if I could change it, I wouldn’t. At the end of the day, it doesn’t really matter your family dynamitic the truth is family is what you make it!
So, this month’s selections showcase things that make other families unique so, whether it’s the Gilmore Girls’ dynamic mother-daughter duo or puppet brother in Crash & Bernstein. Family is special! So I hope you enjoy the sections this month!
For the little kids:
- Lily’s Driftwood Bay
- The Tigger Movie
- Guess How Much I Love You: S1E5 Big Like You
- Angelina Ballerina: Superstar Sisters
For the big kids:
- Crash & Bernstein
- Life with Boys
- Spy Kids
- Russell Madness
And for Teens & Adults
- Raising Hope
- The Fosters
- Gilmore Girls
- Life Unexpected
New on Netflix for Kids and Families
- All Hail King Julien (new episodes 4/3)
- Littlest Pet Shop: Season 3 (4/21)
- Lalaloopsy: Festival of Sugary Sweets (5/2)
- Puss in Boots (new episodes 5/8)
- H20 Mermaid Adventures (5/22)
- Richie Rich: Season 2 (5/22)
- Mako Mermaids: Season 3 (5/29)
In the comments below please tell me what you and your family are currently watching on Netflix!