The media that we consume affects us in so many ways. It can influence our perception of events, groups of people and belief systems simply by portraying something in a certain light or via a specific mood.
It also has a massive effect on our well-being because the media we consume has a huge impact on the way we feel. We can feel uplifted after we watch something positive and our mood can become flat and negative when we have been exposed to something sad or disturbing.
All of the above is especially true for our children. Our children’s perception of the world is shaped so much by the media we allow them to be exposed to.
The media they enjoy plays a part in the way their personality develops and the way their mood flows. More importantly though, it affects the way they view the world.
Their understanding of family, relationships and conflict could be predominantly shaped by games they are playing or TV shows they are enjoying. For this reason, it is important that as parents we monitor what they are watching and how it might be shaping their little world.
A great approach is to promote and allow media that celebrates the kind of morals and ideals that you wish for your family.
As a gentle parent, you want your children to practice the kind of empathy and understanding that you bestow on them daily.
Enjoying media that is in line with your family's ethics is really important. This can include video games, YouTube channels, TV shows and movies to name but a few.
Here are some games, tv shows and movies that celebrate and teach gentle themes.
1. Avokiddo Emotions
This is a game that is suitable for children that are four years and older. It is a game that shows a variety of different emotions in funny and creative ways.
2. Lily’s Driftwood Bay
This is a lovely TV show for 3+ years of age. It explores the imagination of Lily and helps children to consider their own world of imagination. This is a calm TV show which shows a loving and gentle relationship between Lily and her father. They speak to each other in a really kind of loving way.
3. Beat Bugs on Netflix
This sweet animated show celebrates the music of The Beatles which makes it a great option for the whole family to enjoy. There are themes of friendship, team work, fun and feel-good music.
This classic movie is a great watch for the whole family and it is very gentle in nature. It demonstrates virtues of kindness as well as the importance of respect.
5. Room On The Broom
This short animated film is Oscar-nominated and celebrates team work in a really special way. The narration is calm and cozy and it is suitable for a range of ages.
6. Breathe, Think, Do With Sesame
This game is suitable for ages 2-5 and is designed to help teach problem solving, planning and self-control skills. It is designed to be played alongside caregivers which makes it a great learning tool and leaping point for discussion.
7. Justin Time on Netflix
This adventure packed show focuses on the importance of friendship and adventure. It is fun and educational at the same time.
This adorable movie shows a beautiful love-story and how, when people are hurt, it can impact how they treat other people. It is a real feel-good family movie!