The other day when I was getting a massage, my massage therapist asked me — “Have you ever binge watched anything on Netflix?” Oh honey — I binge watch SO many shows on Netflix. It’s like my down time — reading and Netflix. It got me to thinking — I wonder what other people are binge watching right now?
What got me started on binge watching shows is talking to the teenagers in our youth group. When we started teaching them 5 years ago, all they could talk about was the show Pretty Little Liars, so I watched one episode and was hooked. I found all the past seasons on Netflix and binge watched them all.
It made it fun to come in every Wednesday night and chat about the latest trick “A” had pulled on the girls — and now, we are in the final season.
Then there was Gossip Girl — totally hooked after one of the teens suggested I watch it. I am ashamed to say I binge watched so many episodes during that time period! The girls and I would sit around and talk about the latest Chuck and Blair fiasco.
The thing is — binge watching shows that teenagers watch opens the door so that you can talk about the things you see on the show. Many of them deal with today’s issues that teens face, so it opens a door for you to discuss those issues with your teens, or even your teenager’s friends (which I have been known to do).
While there are a myriad of ways for parents to try and connect with teens, according to a recent study by Netflix 83% of parents have watched a show their teen has seen to feel closer to them. The biggest surprise? 74% of teens are willing to open up and talk to their parents about the shows they watch.
With entertainment as a common ground, parents and teens can bridge the conversation gap and tackle tough topics such as sex, anxiety and bullying over shows like Arrow, Friends and the latest groundbreaking Netflix original 13 Reasons Why.
Here are some of my favorite shows that I have binge watched with my daughter that deal with a lot of issues today that many are not willing to talk about on a regular basis.
- Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (2 seasons with season 3 on the way!)
- 13 Reasons Why – 1 season
- Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life – 1 season
- Scandal – 5 seasons
- Gilmore Girls – 7 seasons
- When Calls the Heart – 3 seasons
- Parenthood – 6 seasons
- One Tree Hill – 9 seasons
- Grey’s Anatomy – 12 seasons (my current binge with my daughter)
These are just a few of my favorite that I have watched with my daughter that has really opened up the door for some very important conversations.
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