As a work-at-home-mom, the end of the school year is hard, because it’s busy right up until the end.
It. Is. Exhausting.
But there’s also something very liberating about knowing there’s freedom on the other side. Freedom from having to wake up early every morning. Freedom from schedules (if only for a few weeks, when the kids aren’t in camp). It means getting outside, swimming, taking adventure walks and letting the day lead us wherever it wishes.
That doesn’t mean it’s not a daily struggle to balance my workload with kid time. That struggle is real.
My summer mantra (and, really, my LIFE mantra) is “everything in moderation”. So, while we will be outside having fun adventures this summer, there will be times when we stay in and my kids watch a movie (or two!). And, if my they want to watch their favourites, I know that Netflix can deliver. Here’s what me and my kids will be watching this summer…
The Free State of Jones (Adults)
Based on a true story, this fantastic movie stars Matthew McConaughey as a disillusioned Confederate army deserter who leads an uprising against the corrupt local government and rails against the social norms of the time.
Trevor Noah: Afraid of the Dark (Adults)
If you like Trevor Noah’s kind of humour, then you’ll love this comedy special.
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (Adults)
As a huge fan of Tina Fey, this is on my “must watch” list this summer. Based on true events, it’s the story of a female reporter who travelled to Afghanistan to cover the war, only to find that it wasn’t anything like she expected.
My husband and I are both addicted to Turn. It is seriously that good. The acting, sets and, well… everything, are top-notch in this historical drama set in the time of the civil war. This is one series that is a “must watch” in our house.
13 Going on 30 (12+)
I love Jennifer Garner in this movie about a young girl who wishes she could be grown up – then she wouldn’t have to deal with all of the trials and tribulations of being a teenager. But, when she finds her 13-year-old self suddenly turned into her 30-year-old self, she realizes maybe that’s not such a great idea. It’s hilarious and heartwarming.
This movie, based on the book, is about an orphanage whose residents have special powers. It can be a bit creepy but the fantastical story is compelling.
My kids love the Power Rangers, so I know this will be a hit with them.
Moana (all ages)
This received rave reviews from my kids when they saw it at a friend’s house, and they’ve been bugging me to buy it. Well, now I don’t have to! They can watch it as many times as they like this summer. 😉
Pete’s Dragon (all ages)
If you’re looking for a tear-jerker, I’ve been told by a few credible sources that this is it…. and it’s also a fabulous movie that we shouldn’t miss. (So we won’t!)
Finding Dory (all ages)
My son and daughter saw this movie on the big screen, but I’m sure it won’t take much convincing to get them to watch it again. It’s a heartwarming tale of Nemo’s friend who goes on her own journey to find her family. Hilarity ensues!
Queen of Katwe (all ages)
I’m eager to see this empowering story about a 9-year-old Ugandan girl who strives to be a chess champion, against all odds.
American Girl: Grace Stirs up Success (all ages)
My daughter loves all of the American Girl stories because they’re about girls her age, learning about life. They’re always inspirational and teach great lessons about perseverance, commitment, integrity and more.
My son can’t get enough of the Lego movies. He’s watched them all, but that won’t stop him from watching them again! And, honestly, they’re all fabulous. (Yes, I watch with them sometimes!) The Jurassic World: Indominus Escape movie is another big hit, but you really can’t go wrong with any Lego titles.
What movies are on your favourite – or want to see – lists? Happy summer viewing (and adventuring)!
Disclosure: As a member of the Netflix StreamTeam I receive special perks for my participation, posts and sharing. All opinions are my own.