Sometimes my kids watch TV without me because I’m making dinner, finishing my work, or just catching my breath. I’ll let them watch anything age-appropriate and semi-educational, even if it has whiny characters (I’m looking at you, Caillou) or seriously annoying theme music because hey, I’m in the kitchen.

Of course, there are times when I want to cuddle on the couch with my kids and watch too. That’s when I get bossy about the remote. Let’s put it this way: When I’m part of the audience, Barney is not an option. Luckily, with the advent of streaming, there are so many choices. I can steer my kids to the best of past and present TV series, even throwing in some classics from my own childhood.