I was quickly hooked on the Netflix original series called Bloodline. The Blackburn family has some dark secrets and everyone in that family has lied in some way to protect the family. We’ve had our own family experience with dishonesty, albeit on a much smaller scale. Usually kids can pick up a lying habit during their teenage years, but in our family, they start as early as five! Yes, I’m talking about this little guy right here.
My youngest son Ryan picked up a little lying habit at a very early age. His lying/dishonesty came about when he would get into trouble in school. He was very energetic, had trouble focusing and wanted to make his classmates laugh. He still has these tendencies.
The antics started as early as preschool. One time his preschool class was working with pieces of Styrofoam. He thought it would be funny if he stuck that piece of Styrofoam right up his nose. The problem was, it wasn’t coming out! He ended up in the nurse’s office in tears as she extracted the material from his nose.
The actual dishonesty started in Kindergarten. He was goofing off and as a result, the teacher would send a note home in his folder. Note? What note? He would crumple up the notes hoping that I would just figure it was trash. I would find these crumpled notes in his backpack. He did it more than once too. On one occasion, I helped out in the classroom and HIS TEACHER found a crumpled note on the floor that she thought was sent home with him the day before. She gave that note to me right in front of the whole class. Awkward!
One time the bus driver gave him a note that he crumpled up. Note after crumpled note, we expressed to him that it was very important to tell the truth and be honest – even if he did get a note for getting into trouble. (Of course we preferred that he NOT get into trouble.)
But there was an explanation for behavior.
When he was in second grade, Ryan was officially diagnosed ADHD. Poor kid. His inability to focus wasn’t his fault -entirely. He does take medication to help him to focus in school. He still gets the occasional note home, but I am happy to say that the only note that he received this year, he handed right over. He is a work in progress, but in the end, aren’t we all?
Bloodline #Netflix Original Series #StreamTeam Review
This is such a great story. I looked forward to my nightly episode(s) and watched all 13 in less than two weeks. I really enjoyed the beauty of the setting of this series – right on the water in the Florida Keys (Key West). I thought Sissy Spacek did a great job as Sally Rayburn, the mom in the family that runs their Key West Inn. Her love of her children knows no bounds and if anything happened to any of them – even Danny, she would never recover and his siblings know it. Speaking of Danny, I LOVE Australian actor Ben Mendelsohn’s performance in Bloodline. He plays Danny. What excellent acting! He is the black sheep of the Blackburn family. He’s a sweaty, creepy, pill-popping boozer who is constantly smoking cigarettes. I felt like I was suffering from the effects of second hand smoke as I watched him – a cigarette dangling out of his mouth in every darn scene. He is a disturbing, menacing character and I wanted to know what he was going to do next. He is a master manipulator, who knows how to lie like a dog. But don’t blame him entirely! It was his brothers and sister who started it all with their lies years ago when they tried to cover up a dark family secret involving Danny.
Guess what? There will be a second season of Bloodline and I can’t wait! Way to go Netflix – another winner in my book!
While some lies are truly destructive, some white lies aren’t so bad. So, as you might have guessed, the theme for April is lying. These shows for all ages now streaming on Netflix have some aspect of lying or dishonesty as a theme.
For Little Kids
For your Big Kids
*My boys have watched A.N.T. Farm and Jessie and enjoy both of these shows. Jessie has some adult humor that I can appreciate. I like Bertram (Kevin Chamberlin), the Ross family’s eccentric butler.
For Teens and Parents
New on Netflix for Kids and Families
- Streaming – Movies and TV shows are instantly streamed (not downloaded) via a Netflix-ready device. On the go or snuggled together in the family room, families can watch what they want, anytime, anywhere with Netflix.
- Where to watch Netflix-You can get instant access to Netflix on hundreds of devices, including TVs, tablets, mobile devices, game consoles and computers.
- Where to find TV Shows and Movies for Kids-With Netflix, you have the power to choose what your kids are watching. There’s even a dedicated section for kids where the only titles you’ll have access to are pre-screened and appropriate for kids aged 2-12. Netflix works with Common Sense Media to provide ratings, reviews and information so parents can easily make choices for their children.
- Individual Profiels for personalize suggestions –Just a few months ago, Netflix unveiled a new feature that makes it easier for everyone in a household to enjoy Netflix. Members can create individual profiles within a single Netflix account, allowing everyone to have their own personalized suggestions based on what they watch and rate.
I am a member of the Net Flix Stream Team and share family-friendly programming, activities, reviews and giveaways on behalf of Netflix. I received a welcome kit which includes a year’s subscription to Netflix. Opinions expressed are my own.
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