Netflix is great source of entertainment. With Netflix growing and releasing new content extreme frequency. It is hard not to subscribe to this service (great for folks who love binge watching!). Recently Netflix released the third season of STRANGER THINGS. It has now become one of their most popular shows and if you ask me, a great series to watch! If you plan to binge on it, please start from first season. It is definitely worth watching. It does not seem like it but these shows showcase important life lessons as well. They have the potential to add to our parenting skills even if they are not trying to do that. So in this piece, you will be introduced to 5 things parents could learn from STRANGER THINGS
For those who haven’t seen it, it is a simple story. Just as the title suggests, it is about Stranger Things entering into our world and is set around 1980s America. In a small town Hawkins, people are seen living the way we live – confused, angry, happy and connected. Police doesn’t have that much to do as it is mostly a peaceful town. A Group of 5 boys are living happily until one of them on his way back is stuck in an alternate reality world where the real Strange Things actually start. Beings in this”upside down” world are strange creatures in a cold and miserable place. This place is upside down. A lot can been experienced from Season 1 to Season 3 – possession, capture, creatures entering our world, opening of the portals by Russians for experiments.etc etc. Moving on, what is there for you as Parents
5 things parents could learn from Stranger Things.
Lesson 1 – Be there for your children
You might have a crazy relationship with your children. Apparently they never listen to you! Sometimes you don’t have time for them, something they don’t have time for you…Its COMPLICATED but there are times when they need you and you have to be around.
Nancy Wheeler was upset about her actions but finally seeking advice from her mother to follow her instincts she was able to help Mike and other teenagers.
Children need our advice every now and then and they should be confident about talking to us.
Lesson 2 – Setting boundaries
Hopper setting boundaries for El was so adorable and funny. Despite El being through severe emotional trauma and Hopper going through his own loss theywere able to co-exist and create a lovely relationship. No matter how down and out things might seem you can always set rules and boundaries for a chid’s benefit.
Teenagers’ tendency is to get into a mess and you got be careful about setting boundaries that allow you to take care of them and at the same time do not ruin their space.
Lesson 3 – Find a way to communicate and tell them you care
Hopper struggled to put words into how much he loved El but was able to write a really tear jerking letter. Find your best way but always let them know how much you care.
Stranger things keep happening around us so we need to get stranger to handle stranger things! huh!
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Lesson 4 – Don’t try to be perfect, just give it your best shot
Attaining perfection in parenting is not possible so don’t even try to get there. All you can do it try to do best and find a solution. Like Joyce who pretty much rescued her child from the upside down and is constantly paranoid, just try doing the best she can.
Lesson 5 – Trust your children
Be prepared to believe your kids even if they tell you there is an upside down and giant monsters in this world. While these could be easily passed off as fancy tales always try figuring out if they can back up their most outlandish stories with proof.
MOST IMPORTANT – Trust your own instincts. You are the best judge of situation. You know your child best and it is you whom he/she should connect to.
Obviously! Stranger Things bring out best in each character but you could enjoy it with your better half if you enjoy gripping thrillers with a retro twist and fantastic acting.
Have fun binging sometimes.