Several years ago, my family ditched our cable TV for NETFLIX. Really? We couldn’t afford cable anyway, and Netflix allows us the opportunity to view lots of family-friendly shows without going in the hole financially.
Check out 5 reasons why we love Netflix so much that we will never go back to cable!
1. Netflix is affordable.
OK, this one is a no-brainer. I think even basic cable in our area costs upwards of $35+. Our Netflix membership is $7.99 per month. That’s for unlimited streaming of a wide array of TV shows, documentaries (one of my favorites!), movies, and, especially, quality programming for kids.
2. There are NO commercials on Netflix!
I don’t think it really hit me that my kids had never been exposed to commercials until they were watching TV at their grandparents’ house one day, and they got upset that the show had “gone off”! It was really a commercial!
It was then that I became so thankful that they are not inundated with the latest toy or gadget big businesses are marketing to kids–not to mention all the junk food commercials! (Or commercials for adult TV shows that can be inappropriate for little eyes–to say the least!)
3. We can watch Netflix on-the-go.
I have the Netflix app on both my phone and Kindle (we don’t have an iPad, but you can get it there as well!). I cannot tell you how convenient it has been to let my girls enjoy a family-friendly and educational TV show while waiting in doctor’s offices or on long car rides.
You can watch your favorite TV shows and movies anywhere, any time you want. Netflix is available on hundreds of devices, which you probably already have at home!
4. Netflix provides family-friendly and educational programming for my kids.
Netflix has recently added new content from Hasbro, Disney Jr. and Cartoon Network. The dedicated kids section has family favorites appropriate for children ages 2- 12. All content is selected with help from Common Sense Media to provide ratings, reviews and information so parents can easily make choices for their kids!
Some of my girls’ favorite shows include My Little Pony, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Angelina Ballerina and Curious George.
My Little Pony teaches about friendship and how to resolve conflict in relationships. Some of the values the show teaches include honesty, loyalty, kindness and generosity. It’s my oldest little girl’s absolute favorite show, and in a couple of weeks she will have a My Little Pony 5th birthday party!
Curious George is another favorite for both my 2 1/2 and almost-5 year old. Curious George teaches children about exploring the world, and the show is actually where my husband and I first learned about composting several years ago. (Not that we have ever been caught watching it after the girls have gone to bed or anything. 😉 )
We will sometimes watch these shows together as a family, which allows us the opportunity to discuss with the girls what they are learning.
To read more about kids watching TV, check out Emily’s post on Managing Screen Time for Young Kids.
5. Netflix allows you to watch programming on more than one device at a time–for no extra cost.
Now, I’m not saying that we use this very often, but, in theory, my husband and I can be watching a Netflix show on the TV, while someone else can be watching a different show on a phone or on a Kindle Fire.
Streaming is easier than you think. Download the free app on your iPad, click on the Netflix app on any gaming device or visit Netflix.com on your computer – and you’re in business. Check it out here!
Netflix has family favorites from Disney, Disney Jr., Hasbro, Cartoon Network and Dreamworks that are available to stream anytime, anywhere.
What are you watching on TV with your family? Do you have Netflix? Why do you love Netflix–or what has kept you back from getting a Netflix membership?
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of NETFLIX.