When my tween daughter came home from camp this past summer, all she wanted to do was lie in bed and watch Netflix. She literally wanted to stay home 24/7 for several weeks. It was hard to get her out of the house. My mother told me that she reminded me of someone she used to know…..and that was the truth. I used to love my TV
Here’s a short list of TV shows my tween loves and your tween will love, too – bearing in mind, I may be a more lenient parent than many of you (she provided this list):
I must admit, I don’t watch many of these shows with my daughter (though we have ventured into Gilmore Girls, Felicity and Glee zone). But she has been binging Vampire Diaries for weeks and weeks and weeks (I guess it’s been on forever?) I recently saw Ian Somerhalder speak IRL at the Social Good Summit and all I can say about the show is that it has a lovely lead actor…. The show is about a brother and sister who get involve with vampires after their parents are sadly killed. It’s based on the series of novels by L.J. Smith.
Pretty Little Liars
Based on the books by Sara Shepard, my tween is mildly obsessive over Pretty Little Liars. She’s all caught up and is watching new episode on ABC Family every week, and for the life of me, I can’t keep up. The show is about a group of friends who have known each other all their lives. Four girls – four lives – lots of secrets.
Once Upon a Time
Once Upon a Time is the one show out of this group that I could actually sit down and watch with my tween (only I haven’t yet). It’s the story of a new world, one in which fairy-tale legends and modern life collide. There are princesses, Prince Charmings, Evil Queens and other characters straight out of fairytales.
Melissa and Joey
Four seasons but all 1/2 hour sitcoms – at least it won’t take her forever to get through Melissa and Joey. After a family scandal leaves Mel, played by Melissa Joan Hart, a local politician, alone with her niece, Lennox, and nephew, Ryder, she hires a man named Joe, formerly a trader, to become the family’s male nanny, or “manny”. Very 2015.
Young and Hungry
Ha! A show about a food blogger. When food blogger Gabi finds out wealthy tech entrepreneur Josh needs a personal chef, she wants the position. But Gabi must prove herself to Josh’s aide, Elliot, who would rather have his boss hire a famous chef. Gabi gets help from best friend Sofia and Josh’s housekeeper, Yolanda, in order to turn the opportunity into employment … and maybe love. The show is cute – I’ve sat down with my tween and watched a few episodes. Lead actress Emily Osment, and Ashley Tisdale from High School Musical fame exec produces.
Disclosure: I am a member of Netflix’s Stream Team and write monthly posts but all opinions are my own.