I recently took my daughter to see the new live-action remake of Disney’s Beauty & the Beast. The movie reminded me how societal expectations deem one to “fit in” or risk being seen as an outsider. The heroine Belle is strong, smart, and beautiful yet the townspeople all think she’s odd because she loves to read (aka smart). As the tale goes, we learn that Belle can sure take care of herself and is far from a damsel in distress. So the question remains, why fit in when you can stand out?
My daughter has always enjoyed playing video games from a young age. Though this was not what her friends wanted to do, she never changed who is or gave up her love for gaming. Now at 16, she still loves to play, and is learning to code. She really enjoys math and science, is fascinated with NASA (you don’t want to know how many times she’s watched The Martian on Netflix). I am proud that she is a strong and independent thinker.
We must celebrate our daughter’s (and son’s) strengths, whatever they may be, whether they “fit in” or not. Netflix has a wide variety of programs featuring young female characters (perfect for tweens) that is all about “girl power”.
A fun series about a group of brainy high school girls who share the love of science, math and technology. In Project MC2, the girls put their STEM smarts to good use as they go about solving secret missions. Smart really is the new cool!
A Series of Unfortunate Events
Fourteen-year-old Violet Baudelaire is the eldest of the 3 Baudelaire children. She is a brilliant and creative inventor who uses her inventions to save her and her siblings from the evil Count Olaf in this adaptation of Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events.
Claire is a high school student who stars in a Shakespeare play by day and joins a group of Trollhunters by night. The team must work together to help save their town from being taken over by trolls. Claire is not only smart, this girl can do battle like nobody’s business.
For older teens, my daughter recently watched The Imitation Game and really enjoyed it. The film is based on the true story of gay mathematician Alan Turing, who is known as the father of computer science. He and a small team of code-crackers (which includes a woman by the name of Joan Clark) were responsible for cracking the seemingly unbreakable Enigma code during World War II.
Disclosure: As a member of Netflix Canada’s Stream Team, I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with Netflix. As always, all opinions are my own.
About Wendy Morelli
Wendy loves her 2 kids and her iPhone, not necessarily always in that order. She is an app obsessed mom who loves everything tech and is (unfortunately) old enough to remember the brick Motorola cell phone and the Commodore computer. Her love for technology stems back to the 10+ years of working for technology based companies. Wendy's alter ego, "AppHipMom" has been featured in Canadian Family, iVillage, Women in Biz, EverythingMom, BlogHer and Savvy Mom.