Glee Teaches Kids Important Life Lessons

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I’m always amazing looking at my son to see how far he’s come in life, especially after having such a rough start. He’s 10 now and growing by the minute, but life isn’t without challenges.

One thing my struggles with is bullying. He gets bullied a lot at school and at home. Why? Well we all know kids can be mean, but they can especially be mean to a kid who is overly sensitive.

I’ve tried to give Trace tools on how to deal with those who wish to tear him down because he sometimes walks funny, or can’t do the things other kids can. Things like learning to walk away, ignoring it so they don’t get under his skin are things we try to help him with, and learning to empower himself, to know he’s worth it and capable of doing anything no matter what anyone says.

This past month Trace got hooked on Glee on Netflix. He’s a huge Netflix junkie. I have to admit, so am I. Netflix is great for presenting wonderful episodes from different family shows that kids can relate to. 

For Young Kids


Sibling Rivalry – Watch The Hive Ep. S1E1: Babee’s Room

Buzzabee and Rubee compete against each other over who Babee (their new sibling) gets to bunk with. Mom and dad have to explain that Babee needs to grow up before she can share with anyone. 

77ad3ce8-fb7d-4f31-b3bf-bfc8d136e643Responsibility – Watch VeggieTales in the House Ep. S1E1: Pupplies & Guppies Sorry We’re Closed Today

Larry and Laura Carrot wish to adopt some adorable puppies, but they quickly learn the responsibility that comes with caring for a pet of their own. 

6d1197ef-6680-42d6-bb4f-127e57368973Follow the Rules – Watch Puffin Rock Ep. S1E6 Stormy Weather, Baba’s Adventure Rock Music

Oona and Baba are told to stay close by Mama when a storm approaches. After ignoring her advice, Oona and Baba get stuck in a seagull nest as the heavy thunderstorms rain down teaching them why following the rules is important.

For Older Kids

8460b1fb-2afd-4019-a520-956a07d38851Self-Love – Watch The Adventures of Puss in Boots Ep. S1E13: Star

Dulcinea feels that no one in the group needs her help, so she tries to use a newly-discovered wishing star to show her what her worth is, but she fails, instead showing her that her presence alone has been a shining star in her friends’ lives all along. 

ca73dd8d-9df6-467e-af93-37ec6c4b8b56Teamwork – Watch Project Mc2 Ep. S1E3: Smart is the New Cool

After McKeyla insists she works better alone, she learns that four is better than one when her friends jump in to help her rescue the Prince from a botched space mission.

46c69e2a-c2a3-41ac-8698-939dded5dea0Peer Pressure – Watch Fuller House Ep. S1E6: The Legend of El Explosivo 

Jackson gets grounded for sneaking off to Bobby Popko’s house, and he realizes he needs to stand up for what he knows is right and not give in to his friends just to please them. 

For Teens


Actions Have Consequences – Watch The Fosters Ep. S1E1&2: Pilot & Consequently

Brandon finds himself in a dangerous situation when trying to help Callie (his new foster sister) find her brother and learns that his actions can result in unexpected consequences. 

f2bda3bd-f2ae-408d-b913-48d327e86d51Self-Improvement – Watch Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Ep. S1E4: Kimmy Goes to the Doctor! 

Kimmy quickly realizes that she can’t fix her problems by simply “Buhbreezing” them away — real change comes from the inside. 

4fe82877-b25e-4584-acd2-2729e63bcad6Body Image – Watch Glee Ep. S1E16: Home 

After Sue demands that Mercedes lose weight, Quinn steps in to change her mindset and together they set the stage for beauty at William McKinley High, teaching the importance of empowerment and inclusion. 


Trace (my kid on the left) placed third recently in the 100 meter. He placed 3rd in the 80 meter. And he placed 2nd in the Frisbee throw, throwing it the second longest distance out of all the schools. I was so damn proud of him. But the best part: He cheered on rivalry schools when they won, too. He said all he did was think of his favorite song from Glee.

We love Netflix. It can help teach life lessons you want your children to learn by allowing them to relate to a character or a tv show on a topic they are dealing with in their own lives. Just like the ABC After School Special’s did for me as a kid. Netflix can do for yours because there is an episode for everything! 

1 Comment

  1. Linda March June 5, 2016 at 10:28 pm

    There are a lot of episodes on the first season of Glee with nice examples on tackle some of the issues on that age. Unfortunately, there are a lot of things that are quite…. weird, so yea, maybe watching with him and explaining the good from the bad could be a good idea.


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