The Unexpected Way Screens Are Making My Son Well-Rounded

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Guilty! My kids are allowed to use screens. We have limits and ground rules, yes, but they use tablets, video game consoles, and TV streaming platforms on certain days and at designated times. It works for us, and I have recently discovered something pretty cool about it too!

See, sometime last year, my then 4-year-old daughter learned that her beloved Barbies had a few TV shows and movies. She would ask for them anytime it was her turn to pick what to watch (still does!), and although I assumed my son, who was 7 at the time, would complain, I did not voice that assumption because I try to stay away from teaching them gender-stereotypical expectations.

What’s funny is, I was wrong. Sure, my son loves very “boy-ish” shows and sometimes will say he does not want to watch Barbie or LEGO Friends (another favorite of my daughter’s). But for the most part, he actually does not complain. In fact, more often than not, he is the one to choose to stream a Barbie show, whether or not his sister is in the room.

And you know what? I love it! The Barbie shows are actually so much more positive and socially educational than the majority of the TV shows targeted at boys his age. The storylines include positive messaging, conflict-resolution skill-building, and an emphasis on the importance of friendship and family.

So yes, I actually think my little boy’s love of Barbie and LEGO Friends on Netflix is helping him become a bit more well-rounded, and I love that he doesn’t think he’s “supposed” to hate those shows because “they’re for girls only.” Now if he’d only treat my daughter’s Barbies a little more gently, that would be great too… but for now, I’ll just have to keep hoping and reminding!  

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Angie, who loves soft spoken guided meditations and all things cozy, is not soft spoken at all! She is a big lover of coffee, hugs, cozy blankets and telling it like it is. She values friendship and connection as well as honesty and loyalty, while not being a huge fan of small talk. Angie has been married for almost 12 years and has two kiddos ages 7 and 4 as well as a fur baby, Hobie the Boxer (who has his own Insta account go follow him)! Angie has been a practicing attorney in the public interest field for 13 years, and is currently the Pro Bono Director at local non-profit Veterans Legal Services. She also runs her own business as a Certified Life Purpose and Leadership Coach, partnering mostly with mamas who are ready to let go of comparisonitis, shame, and guilt to start embracing their truest SELF so they can navigate life in confidence and secure in who they are as Women, not just Moms. Angie loves supporting mamas in her Facebook group, The Joy Village and planning ways for moms to come together to share and support one another. She loves being a contributor for Boston Moms, where she can spread her message far and wide in the hopes of having a positive impact on as many moms as possible!

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