It’s hard to admit that we’re raising a cheater, and he learned it from me. But, sometimes you have to take a good hard look at yourself.
I’m not talking about cards or games, I’m talking about Netflix Cheating. That little rascal has no regard for what “our show” means. He’ll catch an episode after school before I get home from work.
He’ll watch our show for his tech time after homework. And not on the TV, on the ipad, where I can’t even catch a glimpse. First it was Voltron. Now it’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. I suppose it serves me right for the time I watched the entire first season of Beat Bugs after he went to bed. Sigh.
No Show is Sacred
In our family, no Netflix show is sacred. This goes way back to when our youngest didn’t sleep. The only way to stay awake with her until five am everyday was with the TV on. My husband and I switched nights, so we’d start a new show and once we were hooked, one of us would inevitably decide to watch “just one episode” in the wee hours of the morning and end up cruising through the whole series.
Our Family is Not Alone
Over a third (37%) of Canadian streaming couples are watching behind each other’s backs. While 76% of us don’t plan to cheat, they say “the shows are just so good we can’t stop bingeing.” This is exactly the language my boy uses – “it was just so gooooooood, I couldn’t wait.”
This kind of cheating has become more socially acceptable in Canada, with 57% saying it’s “not bad at all.” Unless of course, you’re the other half of the 7% of streaming couples who think watching ahead is worse than having an “actual” affair.
Not sure I’d go that far, but I am going to try and find a new show for my son and I to bond over together. No exceptions. I just need to make sure I only watch 1 episode before I share it with him. Just one…
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Melanie from mommydo.com writes about parenting, food, neat stuff and the unexpected beauty in life, all while juggling work, family life and spreading awareness and raising funds for Williams Syndrome.