Kindness doesn’t cost a thing. Being mean does. Life lessons on @netflix_ca. #StreamTeam

Kindness doesn’t cost a thing. Being mean does. Life lessons on @netflix_ca. #StreamTeam
17 Apr 2015

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I’m a bit of a John Hughes junkie, and grew up watching and loving all of his flicks. The Breakfast Club, Weird Science, Pretty In Pink, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off… I could watch those movies over and over again. But take a look at the 4 movies I just mentioned. All had one thing in common. Mean people.

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Mean Girls

Having lived in Africa with her zoologist parents for the past 15 years, Cady (played by Lindsay Lohan) didn’t really know what going to a traditional school was like. Cady was home schooled, and spent most of her time out in the wild with animals.

She gets to her new high school, and instantly befriends Janis (played by Lizzy Caplan) and Damian (played by Daniel Franzese), two kids that are definitely not in the “in crowd”.

life lessons teacher speech

Janis gives Cady an introduction to high school 101, and goes over all the cliques present at North Shore High School. Of all the groups, The Plastics were the worst. Headed up by Regina George (played by Rachel McAdams), they are nice on the outside… your typical high school beauty queens. But that is where the beauty ends. The are vicious on the inside. Hence the name “The Plastics”. Rounding out “The Plastics” are Gretchen Wieners (played by Lacey Chabert) and Karen Smith (played by Amanda Seyfried).

life lessons burn book

The Plastics started a photo album, of what one would normally put memories in. But this book was different. Dubbed “The Burn Book”, it contained pictures of people they hated with vile lies and insults written all around them.

Regina used to be friends with Janis in grade school, but now treats her like crap. Janis uses Cady, who is welcomed into “The Plastics” clique, to get back at Regina. Cady also likes Regina’s boyfriend Aaron (played by Jonathan Bennett), which adds more fuel to the fire. The problem is… Cady soon gets so obsessed in getting revenge on Regina, she becomes what she hated the most. A mean girl.

life lessons burn book excerpt

Life lessons

I have seen Mean Girls a couple of times. This last time, I watched it with my 10 year old, so she would be aware of the type of people she “may” encounter in high school, and how to cope in case she does. Ah… life lessons.

I did say that this is a movie, and things are overly dramatized for entertainment purposes. But nonetheless, these people are out there.

For both of us, this is the line that stood out the most…

“Calling somebody else fat won’t make you any skinnier. Calling someone stupid doesn’t make you any smarter. And ruining Regina George’s life definitely didn’t make me any happier. All you can do in life is try to solve the problem in front of you.”

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Give “Mean Girls” a watch

If you haven’t seen Mean Girls, give it a watch. Lindsay Lohan and Rachel McAdams play their roles disturbingly well. Tina Fey, who plays a recently divorced teacher Ms. Norbury, and Tim Meadows, who plays no-nonsense principal Mr. Duvall, showcase how awesome they are in their highly entertaining and supporting roles.

If you haven’t seen Mean Girls, give it a watch.

Kindness doesn’t cost a thing. Being mean does.

I always tell my girls, it takes more energy to frown than it does to smile. The same goes for kindness. Kindness doesn’t cost a thing. Being mean does. No one likes a mean person. No one wants to be around a mean person.

Kindness doesn’t cost a thing, and you have an unlimited supply. Sprinkle it everywhere!

What to watch this month on Netflix

There is such a huge selection of movies, documentaries and TV shows to watch. Here are a few highlighted selections:

life lessons little kids

For your little kids:
1. Super Why!: S1,E15: Humpty Dumpty and Other Fairytale Adventures: Pinocchio
2. Curious George: S1, E19: Truth about George Burger
3. Clifford the Big Red Dog: S1, E26: The Kibble Crook
4. The Adventures of Chuck & Friends: S1, E9: The Pothole / Chuck’s Perfect Plans

life lessons big kids

For your big kids:
1. Monster High: Frights, Camera, Action!
2. H2O: Just Add Water
3. Mean Girls
4. iCarly: S1, E12: iPromise not to Tell

life lessons teens and parents

And for teens and parents:
1. Bloodline
2. Just Go With It
3. Liar, Liar
4. Pretty Little Liars

Happy streaming!

Big Daddy

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  1. My daughter is in grade 10. Up until this year when she got the lead dance spot on the school’s dance company, I would have told anyone that the “mean girls” were a thing of the past. I’m wrong. Turns out they are thriving, and alive and well showing up drunk at school activities, and harassing those who don’t. If I give their parents a shake does that make me a “mean mom” or a Defender of Man/Womankind?

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