Netflix family cuddle time

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Netflix.

Netflix family cuddle time

Oh, Netflix. If ever there were an inanimate BFF in my life, it would be you (to those wondering, chocolate would be my lover, obvi)–especially during the summer months. You know, those months when the days are longer than long and the kids are bored-er than bored and the work still comes pouring in. When you work from home, sometimes you need something–anything–to keep them quiet for a few minutes so that you can meet your deadline (and let’s face it, sometimes you need that golden silence even when there’s no deadline hanging over your head).

That’s where my friend Netflix comes in. I loved it before, but now that they’ve launched their family site my love has pretty much doubled. When I’m pressed for time and don’t feel like scrolling through dozens of movies, I can scroll through some of their pre-made playlists. “Quiet Time” is a great one for when I’m working (the girls are particularly obsessed with Strawberry Shortcake and Care Bears right now) and the “Are We There Yet?” list is another good one for holding their attention (we’re big Phineas and Ferb fans up in here).

NETFLIX Family: family favorites

Sometimes when I’m trying my hardest to work from home like a mother and have them all set up with a movie or show, the girls don’t really want to cooperate (um, understatement of the century right there). They’re at each other’s throats because one wants to watch Good Luck Charlie when all the other one wants is to watch Jake and the Never Land Pirates. Booo.

Well, at least until the sun shines gloriously through the storm clouds and I remember that we can stream Netflix to Sam’s (old hand-me-down) iPod. That little bit of magic right there buys me almost a half hour of uninterrupted bliss. Ellie happily accepts the small screen because it means she can touch something of her sister’s that is usually off limits. Sam takes it as a win that she gets the big screen. And Mommy gets to finish her work so that we can go outside and do something fun in the sunshine. Hollerrrr.

That’s not to say that I just use it as a makeshift babysitter. Sometimes (like yesterday) we have a long day and we could all use a little quiet, relaxing time. We make a big bowl of popcorn (and sometimes ice cream with all sorts of fixings), stock up on drinks and camp out on my bed watching a movie. The girls love doing this so much that I almost don’t mind rolling over on popcorn kernels in the middle of the night.

family movie night treats with Netflix familyBefore I collapse into a a big pile of exhausted mommy at the end of the night, my husband and I have been hitting up the Netflix too. We got into Breaking Bad and Mad Men there and have also had Arrested Development and House of Cards (so good!) marathons that way too. We’d be lost without it.

Are you a hardcore Netflix lover too? How do you use it? Have you checked out Netflix family yet? is a new destination designed to meet your family’s summertime entertainment needs. On, parents can find lists of movies and TV shows for all kinds of special summer moments.

Visit for more information on the best ways to stream as well as videos from families using Netflix.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Netflix.

Written by Jennifer Garry
Jen is a freelance writer and girl mom from New York. When she's not knee-deep in glittery crafts and girl talk, you can probably find her sprawled across her couch in the middle of a Netflix marathon with dark chocolate smeared on her face. The struggle is real.