I recently posted about children’s programs that I love. But for as many shows that I love, there are an equal amount I dislike and do not want my children watching.

Some shows we just don’t watch at all for a variety of reasons. But then there are those shows that we start watching that seem innocent enough, but suddenly turn into something I don’t want my children to see. As a parent I have a choice to either ban these middle of the road shows or use them to teach my children right from wrong. I’ve chosen the latter.

Recently, we began watching the new Netflix Original show, Spirit. Spirit follows the story of a young girl named Lucky who moves from the big city to the West with her father and aunt. In the process, Lucky adopts a horse named Spirit and has a variety of adventures with Spirit and her new friends. Innocent enough. In fact, it’s actually a pretty cute show. However, episode 5 caught my attention pretty quickly when I realized what was happening.

In episode 5, Lucky wants to help her friend Turo find a horse of his own. Turo decides he wants a horse that belongs to a man they dislike. So one night, Lucky sneaks out of her house (using the old tie the bed sheets together and put them out the window trick), meets Turo, steals the horse, then sneaks back into her house. She then proceeds to lie to her father and aunt about the incident when the man she stole the horse from comes to her house to tell Lucky’s father what has happened. So here we have a young girl who has just snuck out of her house, stolen something, and lied about it. Three actions I most definitely do not want my children to emulate.

After the episode ended I took the time to sit down with my six year old and talk about what he saw. Here’s what I did:


I Asked Him What He Thought Lucky Did Wrong

The first thing we need to address in these situations, is the wrong doing; the sin. We should give our children the chance to recognize the incorrect action. See if they can determine right from wrong for themselves, instead of just handing the answer to them on a silver platter. When I asked Giovanni what three things Lucky did that she shouldn’t have, he was pretty quick to point out that Lucky had stolen a horse and snuck out of the house. When I added that Lucky lied, he acknowledged that as well.


We Discussed Why These Actions Were Wrong

Giovanni knew what Lucky did was wrong. He was able to tell me that it’s not ok to lie to his parents (or, at all, for that matter) and to steal. We talked about how lying and stealing are both in the Ten Commandments and are sins. Giovanni told me that when we do those things it makes God sad. I also pointed out to him that besides these actions being a sin, they also cause hurt to those around us. When Lucky made the decision to sneak out, steal a horse, and lie about it, she hurt her family and the man she stole from. Every action has a consequence. Our children must learn that each decision they make will have consequences that follow.

I Asked My Son What Lucky Should Have Done Instead

Here is where our children can exercise their little brains. When we ask them what should have been done, it gives them a chance to really determine what is right from wrong. They are able to think about what they could do in that situation; they can determine how to make a good decision instead of a bad one. If we just tell them ourselves, that does them no good. Children need to be able to figure things out on their own so they can learn from mistakes others make and from their own mistakes.


I could have easily turned Spirit off and said we wouldn’t be watching it anymore, with no explanation. But, turning it into a lesson is far more valuable for my children. As parents, we need to use situations like these and turn them into teachable moments. Each time we do, it will give our children the opportunity to recognize right from wrong and allows them to learn how to make good decisions in life. And that’s what we want, isn’t it? For our children to make wise decisions and learn to follow God’s will for their life and not sin.


Do you use television shows (or something similar) to teach your children? How so? Share in the comments!




You love it or hate it. And, when I say that I mean that from the perspective of parenting; You don’t want your kids to watch too much tv, but at the same time, it’s a great distraction for little ones. You know, like when you have a ton of laundry or cleaning to do, or when your kids are fighting and you just want them to stop.

But, irregardless of your feelings on TV, I think all moms can agree there are some shows we hate and refuse to let our children watch (I’m talking about you, Caillou) and there are others we love and wish our kids would watch more often.

Then there are those shows we like to watch too. You know what I mean, mammas. The shows you have your kids watch because YOU like to watch them. Go on. Admit it. No judgement here. I definitely have a bunch of shows that I sit and watch with my kids because I like the show. I’ve even put shows on for my kids before because I wanted to watch it. Yep, you read that right. I wanted to watch it!

Here are some of my favorite Kids TV shows. Ummm…I mean, my kids favorite TV shows.


Wild Kratts

This is one of my absolute favorite shows! Wild Kratts is on PBS and is a fun and educational show that teaches children about animals. The main characters, Martin and Chris, go on creature adventures and learn about a different animal in each episode. They don their Creature Power suits and enter the world of the animal they are investigating. Besides the fact that this is just a fun loving show, I enjoy it because my children have learned a lot about animals from watching it. We have taken trips to the zoo or seen specific animals outside or on another tv show and my son will tell me what kind of animal it is and some facts about it. Then he’ll say, “I learned that on Wild Kratts.” This show makes learning fun! And, they also have a live show, that is just as entertaining.


Odd Squad

I adore Odd Squad! It is a unique and creative show geared towards helping kids learn math. It’s about an agency run by kids, who help people solve odd problems. You know, like when you eat a sandwich for lunch and suddenly start floating on the ceiling. Or you have lobster claws for hands.


Beat Bugs

Beat Bugs is a Netflix Original television show that was created to foster a love of music in children. But, not just any music. Beat Bugs features the music of the Beatles! It’s an adorable show about five little bugs and the fabulous adventures they have together. This show is a great way to introduce a whole new generation to the timeless music of the Beatles.


Julie’s Green Room

Julie’s Green Room is an adorable new show on Netflix that stars Julie Andrews and her crew of cute and cuddly puppets! Julie and her assistant Gus, teach theatre classes to a group of kids. The kids learn all about theatre while putting a show together. This room has amazing guest stars like Idina Menzel, Ellie Kemper, Titus Burgess, Sara Bareillis, Alec Baldwin, and more. If you love the theatre and want your children to learn about it as well, don’t miss out on this show! Heck, even if you don’t care if your kids like theatre or not, you should give it a try. It’s just a fun loving cute show.


1980’s Cartoons on Netflix

Being a child of the 80’s, I have a soft spot in my heart for all television shows from that period. I am so thrilled that Netflix has brought many of them back and I can share them with my children. I have no shame about sitting and watching them myself, either (I may or may not have binge watched all of Jem and the Holograms).

The current 1980’s shows on Netflix are Danger Mouse, Jem and the Holograms, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, She-Ra: Princess of Power, Voltron, The Super Mario Bros Show, and The Real Ghostbusters. Danger Mouse, Voltron, Transformers, and a few other 80’s classics like The Care Bears, Pound Puppies, My Little Pony, Strawberry Shortcake and Inspector Gadget have newer versions made by Netflix that are currently available. However, I’m a purist when it comes to 80’s cartoons and these new ones don’t come close to the originals. At one point, G.I. Joe and Thundercats were available for streaming but are currently only available on Netflix DVD. Adventures of the Gummi Bears, Rainbow Brite and the Star Stealer, and the 1976 Smurfs and The Magic Flute movie is also currently available to stream. For you 90’s TV show fans, Animaniacs and The Jetsons Movie are also on Netflix.


What are your favorite kids TV shows?


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