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Heroes Don’t Always Wear Capes | #StreamTeam

Super Heroes don’t always wear capes or have rip roaring muscles or possess such out worldly powers that only a grown-up with a wild imagination of a child could dream up.

No.

Some little kid’s super heroes are the ones who closely resemble themselves. It can be their journeys that they connect with – their struggle, their fight to overcome, that makes them a super hero in their eyes.

It can be that hockey playing 11 year old girl, Riley in the movie Inside Out, who was suddenly uprooted from her home and moved to an unfamiliar city and a new school with new friends.

It’s watching a girl navigate a new life experience with a whirlwind of thoughts and emotions that we don’t always want to experience but…

…but sometimes we do.

We all do.

In her brain she showed him that it’s OK to have

ANGER

And that we ALL get scared

WORRY

And we don’t have to like eating green things in our pasta sauce

DISGUST

But most of all, knowing that it’s OK to cry.

It’s OK to be SAD

JOY is what weaves in and out of all the motions. She and WORRY were his favourite parts of Riley’s brain he said.

Joy, Anger, Worry, Disgust, and Sadness – although they are very much just parts of the human brain – gave children a window into how emotions work in fun way. These lovable characters helped Riley to navigate her way through a difficult transition in her life.

I hope that  kids come away from this movie knowing that they’re not alone in what they’re feeling and those lessons to them are far more valuable than a caped crusader blasting through walls to rescue people in distress.

But for my son, he connected with it on a deeper level.

My son was glued to Riley as a whole.  He always says that he wishes Riley knew how much of a good hockey player she is and that he’d be her friend at his school.

I know he would.

He has a big heart.

He has been through a lot this year working through his own emotions and he’s brave as all heck let me tell you.

As parents, we are so proud of him.

This movie is so wonderful though. He takes so much comfort in it on days when he needs that extra giggle, that extra boost of confidence, or just a flick to chill with.

Riley is a great female character for any child to look up to and all month long Netflix is celebrating just that – the female characters that your children connect with in a positive way.

Whether they are witty like Violet, have Elena’s activist mentality,  or Deidra & Laney’s unorthodox thinking, there’s something for every girl or boy to relate to.

Whether it’s in the classroom, Troll Market or Hawkins Lab, Netflix is bringing a whole new definition of girl power to the table.

And on March 17 Julie Andrews will be making her Netflix debut in Julie’s Greenroom.

I wrote more about the show here

Julie’s Greenroom might be a show you turn on for the kids but find yourself staying until the final curtain call.

What are some of your favourite female characters on Netflix right now? Or any female characters?

What are you planning on watching on Netflix this month?

 

Disclaimer: I am a member of the Netflix Canada #StreamTeam and get special perks. As always, all opinions are my own.

 

43 Comments

  1. I still haven’t seen Inside Out. I’ve been putting it off because I know it will give me all the feels!

    • Kimberly Kimberly

      Oh that movie…is ALL THE FEELS. I think that’s why my son connects with it so much. It really is such a great movie though. Tissues needed!

  2. robin Rue robin Rue

    Oh I love that movie. I saw it in the theater with my kids and it was great because it’s so relatable for kiddos.

    • Kimberly Kimberly

      We saw it in the theater too! And we watch it all the time at home now. My son just connects with it and can’t get enough of it!

  3. Inside Out is a favorite with the grandkids. When it was first released, I hosted a huge Inside Out Party for the grandkids and a bunch of their friends after seeing the movie. We need to watch it again soon.

    • Kimberly Kimberly

      That is so much fun! We went to the theater to see it and it was packed!

  4. Inside Out is such a cute movie. I love how all of the emotions are shown as being natural because they are! One of my favorite female characters is Carol from The Walking Dead because of how protective she is of others…usually.

    • Kimberly Kimberly

      OH CAROL IS THE BEST! I love her so much! I am two episodes behind right now and she better still be there or I’m flipping tables.

  5. Nice when a cartoon or movie has a great message behind it. I realize most of the time my little grandkids are to young to understand but as they grow older we can always discuss the meaning behind some of the scene and story line.

    • Kimberly Kimberly

      It is a wonderful movie. Even if kids don’t understand that there is a message behind it, it is still entertaining and funny!

  6. My oldest daughter loved Inside Out because it really helped her understand what was going on in her head. She’s on the spectrum and has difficulty expressing herself, this helped her relate.

    • Kimberly Kimberly

      Oh Heather, this is why this movie is so wonderful. My son was experiencing a lot of anxiety at the time the movie came out and he didn’t understand why. So he connected with this movie immediately. We are getting help by a doctor now – and he goes back to that movie over and over and over and each time he comes back with something different with that movie.
      Much love to you and your daughter xoxo

  7. We all loved Inside Out. It was such a great message for kids to learn that it was ok to have all of these feelings. Such a great movie for kids.

    • Kimberly Kimberly

      It is a fantastic movie…even for adults! I won’t lie, I cried watching it!

  8. Inside Out is one of my kids’ favorite movies of all times. THey love the story line and all the characters. We have to get Netflix – it’s so convenient to watch movies on demand.

    • Kimberly Kimberly

      Netflix is a wonderful service to have. The movies and shows we find on there – whoot! – hello binge on a rainy day.

  9. Bella Bella

    This is a great post, I love these types of characters. Netflix has done a great job with all of the strong characters on their original shows.

    • Kimberly Kimberly

      Netflix sure has! I hope that they continue to do so because it’s important that girls and women and even boys and men have these positive female role models.

  10. We’ll have to do this on the weekend when the grandchildren are here. I know they are still too young to understand the movie but the key to learning is constant repetition. I hope in due time, they will learn more about emotions and it is okay to feel as they do.

    • Kimberly Kimberly

      It is a super cute movie with a great message. Even if they don’t understand, they’ll get lots of giggles out of it that’s for sure!

  11. I really enjoyed Inside Out, it had a great storyline and underlying message. I watch Netflix all of the time, I love to binge watch a series for days.

    • Kimberly Kimberly

      I binge watch series too! Netflix was a big hit over March Break!

  12. Julie’s Green Room looks like a great show I know some of my nieces and nephews would love! Great post!!

    • Kimberly Kimberly

      Thanks Ricci. Julie Andrew’s is a legend. And there is some wonderful talent that will star in the show as well. I think this will be a great hit for little ones!

  13. Oh I can’t wait to check out Julie Andrews new show! I had no idea! And I love girl power shows for my daughters to see.

    • Kimberly Kimberly

      I love LOVE Julie Andrews. My son is not a fan of A Series of Unfortunate Events though….but I am. I love Neil Patrick Harris. LOVE. So I went ahead and started watching the show without him. yes. Me. An adult.

  14. Havent seen this film yet. But emotions are very important to our everyday needs in our life. 🙂

    • Kimberly Kimberly

      This movie is so good. Even for adults!

  15. I watch Netflix all the time – I’ll have to put your recommendations on for the grandchildren the next time they visit!

    • Kimberly Kimberly

      That’s the beauty of Netflix – add them to the list! These are all great shows. My son loves them.

  16. It’s hard for me to pick one female character. I also connect strongly to the girls who are themselves and stay strong through the opposition. I often wish I were a woman cop and stood out like some of them do on the shows. So much strength!

    • Kimberly Kimberly

      YES! The ones who are themselves! We need more movies like that.

  17. Ya know, I still have not had the chance to see Inside Out! Thank goodness for Netflix. I might try to watch it tonight!

    • Kimberly Kimberly

      It is such a good movie. As an adult – I give it two thumbs up for sure!

  18. Inside out is one of my feel good movies to watch. Sometimes imagination takes place on me as well thinking if there’s really someone behind my head. haha

    • Kimberly Kimberly

      HAHAH!! So true! Who knows what’s going on behind the scenes right?!

    • Kimberly Kimberly

      Oh Kate! You’re the bestest ever! This just made my day! Thank you so much!!!!

  19. It’s so important for kids to find characters that they can relate to and that are more of the regular everyday hero than a hero that no one can relate to. I love that Netflix has so many great options for kids!

    • Kimberly Kimberly

      They sure do have so many options! And I agree with you that they need to have regular day heroes to look up to! That’s why this movie is so wonderful!

  20. I really really want to see Inside Out. And I love that it has such a strong female protagonist, and your son saying he’d be friends with her–MY HEART! <3 LOVE this. Thank you, Kimber. Adding it to the list of films to watch, on a night when I have popcorn and an extra box of tissues.

    XOXO

    • Kimberly Kimberly

      You will love it Charlotte. I’m not even kidding. I’m 36 years old and I love it. xoxo

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