Monday 11 May 2015

Families come in all shapes and sizes #StreamTeam

My little family of five

I don't think this statement has ever been truer than in 2015. When I was growing up in the 1970's most families I knew included a Mum, a Dad and probably two or three kids. I don't recall any very large families, nor any divorced parents, nor any same sex parents.

How different things are nowadays, most children would not blink an eye if introduced to a family with six children, one parent or two mums. Things have become much more diverse and acceptable. I was chatting to my friend Anya the other morning though and saying I don’t really know many single parents locally. I’m not sure why this is as I’m not avoiding anyone but I just put it down to meeting most people at the kid’s school, which is in the middle of nowhere or at church, where marriage is still the norm.

I started to think about my longest term and closest friends and most of those are married with children, a couple are single, one is on her second marriage, another is going through marriage breakdown right now sadly and a couple are single parents. So there is variety there in those I choose to spend time with.

It seemed really apt when Netflix sent me through their latest #Streamteam newsletter as the theme is families and how we all have our own quirky one. Of course this is true and got me thinking of some of the programs about families that I really enjoy on Netflix –

 Life Unexplained
I’m not sure so many people have heard of this series but I loved it and sadly there is only one season on Netflix at the moment as I’d love to watch more. Basically Lux has grown up in foster care and tries to divorce her birth parents so she can be free to do what she wants to do. Instead she ends up with her blood Mum and Dad and a whole host of new problems. I won’t give too much away.

Gossip Girl
I know I am going to have mentioned this series before in one of my Netflix posts but I thought it was fabulous and when sufficient time has passed I’ll watch all the seasons again. This may be about a group of spoilt teenagers from many families living in New York’s Upper East Side but at the heart of it they all take care of each other and are family.

 The First Wives Club
I thought this was such a good film (to be honest I love anything with Goldie Hawn in it) and it will have you chuckling away in many parts. Basically when their friend commits suicide after being dumped for a younger model, three women decided to get payback in their cheating exes.

Freaky Friday
I’ve watched this with my girls at least three or four times now. It is one of those classic fun films and Jamie Lee Curtis is fantastic at playing the stroppy teenager when she changes personalities with her daughter.

I see from my newsletter that there is a new Netflix original series and it has been written by the creator of friends, that is a pretty good pedigree isn’t it? Grace and Frankie is a comedy starring Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston and is a perfect example of how today’s families can shift, rearrange and blend in unexpected ways. When Grace and Frankie’s husbands leave them after 20 years of marriage—to be with each other—the women find themselves facing a change that they never expected, but they shift their perspective to get through it together with the support of their new blended family and, of course, a sense of humour. I’m definitely going to give this a try as the trailer looks good.

Take a look at the trailer, it does look very good –

Disclosure: I am part of the Netflix #StreamTeam and I have been provided with membership and an iPad mini in return for my honest opinions on what is being shown on Netflix at the moment. I have not been instructed what to write and I remain honest. I genuinely am a massive fan!

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