This parenting stuff can be hard. Not only do you have to grow a human being in your belly but then you have to push it out of your body and keep looking after it. The looking after never ends either, it goes on for years and years, and even when they leave home, you still have to think about them and care and stuff.
You would think that as you have invested so much time and effort into raising them, your kids might show a little respect and adhere to some basic house rules but ooh ahh nooo. They eat the Twizzlers you had hidden at the back of the cupboard ready to eat while watching the second season of ‘Better Call Saul’. They pop the last bag of microwave popcorn while you are out shopping for their food and drink the last of the diet coke, leaving the empty box in the cupboard for you to find when you really fancy some lime cola tastiness.
Worst of all they cheat on you; they watch Netflix without you then accidently give away critical plot points to Stranger Things while you’re cooking their dinner for them.
Until recently we often watched Netflix with our adult children. Orange Is The New Black was brilliant for prompting all kinds of discussion. House of Cards had us all sitting up half the night and talking about it for the next month, and Stranger Things was another “all in two nights” series. Then came Narcos.
I was totally uninterested in watching Narcos when I read the description, but after weeks of seeing it recommended I decided to give it a go, and we all decided to watch together. Unfortunately, it was the middle of the week, and although we were all hooked by the second episode, we had to switch off and get some sleep because of annoying things like school and work.
Other annoying commitments kept us away from the TV for the next two nights, and we were comfy on the sofa, snacks and hydration all set up when I noticed James squirming a little in his chair. James would be the worst poker player in the world, his autism makes it tough to lie, and even if he tries to lie by simply not telling you something, he suffers.
I gave him THE LOOK, and then it all came pouring out. He cheated on us all with Narcos, I couldn’t believe a son of ours would do such a thing, but it got worse. His brother admitted he had done it too. They had both finished the entire series without us. The ungrateful cheaters. That’s the last time we watch with them. Now we feel free to go wild and take the tablet into the bedroom and watch all the Netflix we want without guilt or shame.
I shared this story because it would appear we are not the only ones who have had a family ripped apart by Netflix. A recent survey showed 46% of global viewers cheated by watching ahead and it gets worse, just look.
If all of this cheating info makes you think “I might as well watch ahead too” then here is a handy video, made by Netflix, telling you how to cheat and get away with it. Now I’m off to watch the next episode of Bloodline – just don’t tell anyone in our house.