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Netflix Streaming, my New Internet Best Friend (and she can be yours too)

By Isabel Kallman

This post is sponsored by Netflix


Summers are great and they can also be tough. There are just so many daylight hours. We’re loving them now, but soon, we’ll be counting how many more days before school starts again. (I would like you to write down the date that happens, and then send me an email, please). Last year, I bought my then-9 year old son a really complex Lego set from their architecture series. He was done building it in a day. There were 100 more days left of summer vacation. If I hypothetically bought a Lego set for every summer vacation day…. crazy talk.

Luckily, Netflix has become my internet best friend. And, for $7.99 per month Netflix will be your best friend, too (in fact, I’m giving away an annual subscription- details below). Granted, I’m kinda late to Netflix Streaming lovefest. Though being subscribers for over a year, my husband and I were bigger DVD and cable VOD watchers (we’re in our 40s and old habits are hard to break, yo). But I’m now a clear convert to the magic that is streaming internet TV and movies, especially since watching House of Cards. Have you seen my current Netflix queue? It’s ba-na-nas. More importantly, I have a Netflix queue at the ready for my son for this looooong summer.

But, if you’re looking for TV ideas for your kids to stay out of the sun during peak hours, Netflix Families has come-up with great lists of ideas organized in fantastic categories, like:

Netflix Families Stream Team

Netflix Families Stream Team

Netflix Families Stream Team

Also, Netflix will be rolling out individual profiles later this year and I’ve been able to try out. Looky-there:

Netflix Stream Team Individual Profiles

So now when my son goes to his profile, which is set for children 12 and under, his recommended movie selections (based on his preferences and viewing habits) will be different from those offered in my profile. I also set up a separate Kallman Family profile that recommends movies that are PG-13/TV-14 and below. Our son is allowed to see some PG-13 movies, on a case-by-case basis, and this option allows us to review more options together and talk them through before selecting. These profiles will roll-out to Netflix members later in the year and from speaking to other families will be especially well-received.

One thing I was surprised by during my meetings at Netflix was how many parents don’t set the parental controls on their Netflix accounts. In fact, during our meetings with Netflix my friend Heather Armstrong was poking great fun at me about it. She posted a funny picture of me asking Netflix about it. Go take a look.

You find and set the parental controls quite easily by going to “Your Account” and then scrolling to “Preferences.”

Netflix Stream Team finding parental controls

Netflix Stream Team Setting Parental Controls

Lastly, until I visited Netflix’s headquarters I wasn’t aware that Netflix streaming could be accessed through 1,100 internet-capable consumer devices and most families have 5 of those already in their home (here’s where you can learn how to set it up Watch the Netflix video). I’m such a fan, I plan on gifting Netflix annual subscriptions to family members during the holiday season.

In honor of the launch of Netflix Families, I would love to gift (on behalf of Alpha Mom) one US-based reader an annual subscription to Netflix (valued at $95.88). Just leave me a comment below on your favorite TV series or movie from your childhood that you love/would love to share with your kid(s). (One entry per household address please). I’ll keep the comment section open until June 30th at 11:59pm EST and will randomly select a winner from the entries below. Also, Netflix offers a free monthly trial.

Isabel Kallman
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Isabel Kallman

Isabel Kallman is the founding mom of

Feel free to send nice emails to isabel[at]alphamom[dot]com.


Isabel Kallman is the founding mom of

Feel free to send nice emails to isabel[at]alphamom[dot]com.

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  • Oh!  LOVELY!  My daughters were heartbroken when Blues Clues went away, but thankfully there are lots of other options – Timmy Time is the current favorite of the youngest and My Big Big Friend is the choice for the oldest!

    • PS, my husband will be thrilled that his recommendations won’t have any more fairies or dinosaurs…

  • LivLaughEat

    I want my son to love Sesame Street and Mr Rogers as much as I did but so far it’s all Curious George all the time. I think when he’s a bit older he may love all the Disney classics – I can’t wait to introduce him to Rescue Rangers, DuckTales (woo-oo), and TaleSpin to name a few!

  • Emily

    We love Netflix! I would love my kids to be able to see Little House on the Prairie.

  • Ellen

    We love Netflix streaming! I am a huge fan of “Call the Midwife,” and my sons are in love with “Jake and the Neverland Pirates.” We don’t have cable, and we almost never watch network tv. This is soooo much better for us.

  • Lauren

    I can’t wait to show my kids the movie “Space Camp.” It inspired so many dreams for me.

  • Mr. Rogers is a favorite around here these days – I personally like it a lot better than current programming so it’s what the kids are stuck with!

  • Sara

    I’m so excited about separate accounts so we stop having Barney recommendations when we want to watch a grown-up movie :). I’d love to introduce my kids to Mr. Rogers!

  • Leigh

    My kids love the real neighborhood as they call mr Rogers

  • Sara

    Definitely a toss up between Square One and The Muppet Show!

  • Valerie

    The Princess Bride!

  • Cristal

    I’d love to share “The Wonder Years” with my kids when they are old enough to enjoy! 

  • Stephanie

    Cailliou….. The kids still love the show.  I’m still into HGTV cable junkie and would love to GET OFF CABLE!

  • I can’t wait until my daughter is old enough for Fraggle Rock — such fond memories of watching it during breakfast. She’s almost ready!

  • Yamila

    Mi kids Love Jake and the Neverland Pirates. And we love house of cards! I would love to share with them the Back to the Future movies. Fun!

  • Leslie

    I loved X-files.

  • Katie

    The last unicorn. I loved it and can’t wait to share it with my girls!

  • Anna

    I loved the Care Bears movies growing up.  Hopefully my daughter will too!

  • Liz

    Oh, how fun!  I would love to watch some of my favorite Star Trek episodes with my kids, while they laugh at all the bad acting and not so special effects; then I will chase then out of the room and be perfectly happy to watch…all by myself 😉  Thanks for the chance!

  • Cindy D

    My kids and I love Scooby Do!

  • Michelle L.

    I loved and still love Mary Poppins. I can’t wait until my daughter is old enough to watch and understand!

  • Marcy

    I am showing my age here, but I never missed an episode of Little House on the Prairie. I love the idea of the minimalist family life where time is spent together and in nature. Beautiful and completely opposite of our life here in the middle of Phoenix.

  • Marcy

    I forgot to add… Thanks for sharing the subscription!

  • KR

    I would love to watch Square One with my kids – especially the “Mathnet” segments!

  • KL

    I think my kids would love shows like Silver Spoons. If love to watch the shows that I used watch with my dad like Remigton Steele, Hawaii 5-0, Magnum PI, Macguyver (sp?) and ATeam.

  • Ally

    I just finished The Rescuers with my kids and it was fun showing them something I loved as a kid. 

  • Danyelle

    I really like sharing Fraggle Rock with the kids.

  • Jill

    Love the old Batman with Adam West! We can catch them on tv occasionally, but Netflix has given us the freedom to give up cable and have more choices than ever! Love it!

  • Nicole

    Mr. Dress Up was my jam.  We didn’t really watch anything else, but I looked forward to that show so much!

  • LotusLove

    I used to love “Reading Rainbow”!! I’m definitely going to share it with my daughter when she’s a little older 🙂

  • Steph

    For me: Arrested Devlopment / 30 Rock tie. For my kiddo: Thomas and Caillou.

  • Marrika

    I loved the original Parent Trap, and I’d love to share it with my kids!

  • Kathleen

    The Lorax. The cartoon version.

  • Keri

    Loved Anne of Green Gables miniseries – would love to share it with my Daughters!

  • Magic School Bus!

  • Sarah

    We love Netflix. My 2 yo gets to watch his favorite shows like Caillou and Thomas and friends while sitting on the potty ( thanks ipad). And no commercials!

  • Natalie

    Anne of Green Gables!

  • Annie

    The Brady Bunch!

  • Annie

    I loved The Little Women movie with Wynona Ryder!

  • Tashia

    Boy Meets World was the best!

  • Does Fraggle Rock exist on Netflix? That would be amazing.

  • Jenny

    Growing Pains!

  • Bethany

    I had no idea you could set up profiles! I love the national geographic videos. I would love to share old school sesame street and reading rainbow!

  • Amber

    As a child, I loved to watch Reading Rainbow and Little House on the Prairie. I also enjoyed The Smurfs. I’m looking forward to sharing these shows with my child.

  • Dayna

    Gosh, I thought reading through everyone else’s list would spark reminders of shows I love but the only ones really are Wonder Years (which is too advanced right now), Sesame Street (which I don’t love the new stuff) and Mr. Rogers (which my 2.5-year-old isn’t too interested in). I remember loving Rainbow Brite too. 🙂 I’m sad there’s no more Nickelodeon on Netflix, but Netflix combined with Disney Jr. and PBS Kids apps works for us!

  • Liberty

    Sesame Street. I was excited to see there are some episodes available to stream on Netflix.

  • My brother-in-law has found that my month-old nephew really loves the Diff’rent Strokes theme song. 🙂 I feel like he should have access to it on television when he’s tired of singing it himself. 😉 

  • tricia

    barney and caillou. 

  • What an exciting giveaway! We love Netflix!

  • Pat Sanger

    I loved the black hole as a kid. Scary and fun!

  • Mark L

    The Never Ending Story! Loved loved loved that movie as a kid and would love to have my son watch it.

  • The Goonies!
    Or Andy Griffith!

    Netlfix is great.

  • @dreamfishing2

    Loved the info on twitter tonight! I would love to watch “The Lost Boys” with my girls! They are at the age they’d love it!

  • Barry Loy

    I would love to share some old cartoons from early 80’s. They are so much different now. I miss Daffy Duck every Saturday morning.

  • ET

  • Matt

    I would have to go with Fragle Rock.

  • Would love to share The Brady Bunch with our girls!

  • My daughter and I enjoy watching “The Waltons” together. I’d also like to show my kids show such as “The Munsters” and “The Addams Family”. Some older movies would be great too.

  • Kara

    Lately we’ve been showing old cartoons to the kids, Looney Tunes, Classic Mickey Mouse and Animaniacs. My husband and I just tried the free month of netflix to watch Arrested Development! 

  • the original Scooby Doo animated cartoon series

  • NancyAP

    The Man From Snowy River! I loved that movie.

  • Brooke

    Fraggle rock, smurfs, Snorks, mr. Rogers and sesame street

  • Kaila

    I always loved Boy Meets World growing up. It was my favorite.