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Notebooks are crisp, pencils are sharpened, approximately eleventy mabillion boxes of tissue are packed in backpacks, and the air is electric with scholarly excitement.
Back-to-school season is officially here, and in just a few days, kids everywhere will embark on new academic adventures. My two are already talking about everything they hope to learn in the classroom this year – how to read is on the youngest’s life list, while the oldest is focused on mastering multiplication and division.
I of course worry about life lessons the kids will learn outside the classroom. The ones that can’t really be taught so much as modeled – empathy, kindness, compassion and service to others.
We talk about acts of kindness often, focusing on the small, simple ways we can all make a difference in the lives of those around us.
Netflix is helping reinforce those lessons with 12 titles that help kids see the good in others while learning how to treat others with kindness and respect, no matter their age or ability:
Pictured: Rudy, Mulan, A Mile in His Shoes, Radio, Derek, Glee, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Vol. 1 Ep. 6: Friends Help Each Other, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, Season 3, Ep. 4: One Bad Apple, Arthur, Season 15, Ep. 8: Muffy’s Classic Classy Club / Best Enemies, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Super Why, Season 1, Ep. 61: The Ugly Duckling: Becoming a Swan, The Fox and the Hound.
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