Bring on Summer! We are so ready for it. It’s time to relax, go to the beach, go on adventures, and so much more. We are hoping to have days that are busy with activities, and days that are filled with lots of down time.
It can be hard though because I am not one for hot weather. Once the temperature is over 24C I turn into a major grump. Add in the fact that my girls got my skin colouring which means we all burn easily, we will be seeking out shade when needed. This may mean indoor activities, or even watching a show as a family. Why not have family movie night during the peak of the afternoon sun?
I have also been trying to figure out how to make things work with trying to get Addie down for a nap, or to bed, and her big sister is just not ready to sleep or even needs some quiet time herself. One thing I have tried and found to work is putting on a show from Netflix for Evie, while I go and prep a bottle and take Addie upstairs to go to bed. So far it’s giving me the 15-30 minutes that I need to be able to give her the time and attention Addie needs.
This little routine started when my husband went away for a golfing weekend. My anxiety was getting the best of me, and I was beginning to freak out. The first day he was away I just left Evie to play, and she ended up coming into the nursery over and over and waking her sister who was almost sleeping. She also started screaming at the top of her lungs because she decided she wanted to do something else, and couldn’t reach what she wanted on the shelf. Again, her little sister was woken up. I am so thankful for a friend who suggested just putting on a show after she let me vent about what happened. This suggestion saved my sanity.
The next day for nap time I got a show playing for Evie from Netflix, and I knew how much time I had to get a bottle made, get Addie upstairs, ready for her nap, fed her bottle, and put down to sleep. No screaming for a different toy or activity, not barging into the nursery and waking the baby. IT WORKED!
One show that we’ve recently started to watch, and enjoy is Puffin Rock. Set on a fictional island on the coast of Ireland lives a young puffin named Oona and her little brother Baba. It’s all about the adventures they get up to as they explore the world. It’s perfect for Evie right now with having a little sister, and the stage the two of them are at currently. Addie is all about getting to interact with her big sister, and do anything she does. My two girls are all about exploring together and I cannot help but picture them being just like the two little Puffins. Plus there is something just fun about the accent of the narrator. We all love the beautiful graphics for this series, it makes it unique. The artwork is softer than most cartoons you would watch.
If you are looking for something for your younger kids to watch, try Puffin Rock if you haven’t yet. I have no worries about my daughters watching it. The content is age appropriate, and there are lessons in it I want my children learning.
What shows are your younger children enjoying on Netflix? I am always looking for something different to watch.