I’ve had some really big milestones in my life – graduating college and law school, getting married, having my kids. Once you’re a parent, the milestones are small, but they mean so much more – first words, first steps, first day of school.
Sometimes milestones can be really exciting, but sometimes they can be a little scary. When I was pregnant with Campbell, Cooper and Dexter loved to read and watch stories about new babies and new siblings. I think it made them feel more comfortable to know what to expect.
When it was time for Cooper, and then Dexter, to start school, I was nervous and scared about it, but the boys were so excited. They loved watching about schools and imagining if they’d have cubbies like the classroom on tv, or do experiments like Sid the Science Kid.
Netflix has some great recommendations for movies and shows to mark mini-milestones.
For young kids:
New Sibling: The Hive: S01E01, Babee’s Room
Losing Your First Tooth: Super WHY: S01E10, The Story of the Tooth Fairy
Getting Glasses: Arthur: S15E09, Through the Looking Glasses
First Sleepover: Bratz Kidz: Sleep-over Adventure
First Trick-or-Treat: Julius Jr.: S01E06, Dressed for Spook-cess
First Pet: Beethoven
First Move: The Croods
First Big Game: D2: The Mighty Ducks
For tweens and teens:
First Spelling Bee: Akeelah and the Bee
First Dance: Kickin’ It: S01E20, The Wrath of Swan
First Break-Up: Good Luck Charlie: S01E20, Girl Bite Dog
First Road Trip: Diners, Drive-ins and Dives
First Kiss: Wizards of Waverly Place: S01E02, First Kiss
First Job: Good Burger
First Time Babysitting: The Baby-Sitters Club
First Concert: Taylor Swift: The Journey to Fearless
Of course, there are plenty of shows that celebrate milestones that adults have too.
New Job: The Office
Getting Married: My Fair Wedding with David Tutera
Having a Baby: What to Expect When You’re Expecting
Life as a Parent: Parenthood
Running for Office: Parks & Recreation
Buying a Home: House Hunters
Even though I haven’t had a new job recently, and it’s been a while since I got married, I love to still appreciate shows about those milestones because they bring up great memories. I love, love, LOVE, Parenthood, too, because it’s filled with true parenting moments that I can relate to.
If you’ve got kids, you’ve got mementos. Kids love keeping little treasures too, especially when it’s related to a special milestone. Photos, awards, or small toys or trinkets help you and your kids remember those momentous events, and this Memory Box is a great way to keep all those treasures and mementos safe. Making the Memory Box together with your kids can even be another fun memory you’ll have together.
What’s a good movie or show without a yummy snack to go with it? I love sweet and salty, so these Chocolate-Dipped Pretzels look a-mazing. Turtle crunch is the one I HAVE to try. These are definitely on my list of things to do with the kids.
What’s your favorite show or movie for marking milestones?