The Netflix Date Night Hangover

| August 26, 2014 | 9 Comments

Sorry I haven’t been posting as often lately. I’d say it’s because I’m so busy with the kids (which is true), but truth be told, it’s more because we finally got … dun dun dun… Netflix.

I’d be there at the computer after the tykes were in bed, about to get my cartoon on, only to have Hubs show up in the doorway with a telltale raised eyebrow that can only mean one thing: House of Cards.

Aww yeah. Twist my rubber arm. I decide that I’ll cartoon tomorrow.

I read a Today’s Parent article lately saying that the modern-day “date night” for parents of young kids is binge-watching series on Netflix. Man, that sounds horrribly lame, and so very accurate. Many weekends, anyway. What! Don’t judge! They can’t all be sushi-and-babysitter Saturday nights!

It’s getting us in trouble, though. Before Netflix, we’d watch our one measly episode of Big Bang Theory and turn in at a sensible hour. Now, this is what happens:

Thanks to that genius countdown-to-the-next-episode approach they have, you don’t even have to press a button to keep watching. You just have to not act fast enough, or at all, which is easy when you sit down for the first time all day and get fused to the couch. That, plus the intriguing synopsis of the next episode, makes it near impossible to have any sort of discipline.

So then, before we know it, it’s after midnight. Again. Dammit.

What were we thinking? We love sleep! We know what it’s like to go without it, and kids have more energy than us on a good day! And the first one will be up in five hours! At least one of us will suffer!

So there we are the next day; kids full of beans, parents full of regret.

Gone are the days when all it took was an Egg McMuffin and a coffee to recover after a big night. And also, gone are the days when ‘big night’ meant a bit more of a wild time than 4 episodes of Orange is the New Black with chips and guacamole.

Oh man, that sounds awesome. Is it Friday yet?

We recently decided with some fellow parent-friends that someone needs to invent a parental control that automatically kicks us parents off at a certain time and sends us to bed for our own good, to avoid the binge-watching hangover. A Netflix Nanny, if you will, for grown-ups.

OK, I think I’ve made my 20-year-old self die of embarrassment enough for now. Time to catch up on our programs.



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I am a lifelong (award-winning!) cartoonist and mother of two delightful boys, aged 7 and 5. I like to view today's adventures in parenting as material for tomorrow's cartoon. Looking at family life through "cartoon-coloured glasses" helps me keep the all-important sense of humour required for raising kids... even for the events that don't seem so funny at the time.

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  1. jaimeem says:

    lol. I love netflix, although i find you spend more time searching for something to watch than watching the actual show lol

  2. KD says:

    I don’t have Netflix, but if I did I bet I’d need a Netflix Nanny too!

  3. courtney says:

    thats awesome. i am extremely guilty of this. i find myself checking the time and its like 2am and my son will be up at 6-7. i ask myself every night why do you do this, but its the only time for me. it doesn’t help that my husband works the night shift so i always have someone to talk to while binge watching movies and shows. help.

  4. Cheryl (@loucheryl) says:

    I love Netflix but when it goes down, I have a 4 year old who has an issue with that. 🙂

  5. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    I’ve never watched Netflix but I’ve heard it’s quite addictive and it sounds from this as if that is true 🙂

  6. Nicole B says:

    Netflix is evil! I get so caught up in shows and keep watching season after season then I pay dearly the next day!

  7. kathy downey says:

    We just signed up and there are so many shows…………where do I start

  8. Ross Brown says:

    You just described my wife and me to a tee: except, our Netflix weakness is “Orange is the New Black.”

    Great post!

  9. Charlotte says:

    I really can’t get enough of Netflix either. Why did they have to make it so addicting?!

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