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Netflix in February: Here are the best new family movies and shows to stream
"Hairspray," "Pretty in Pink," "Free Rein: Valentine's Day," and "Beverly Hills Chihuahua" are among the new February movies for kids and families.
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Put on your own oxygen mask first. In other words, take care of yourself or you can't be a fully engaged parent. Parents who deprive themselves of rest, food, and fun for the sake of their kids do no one a favor. "People feel guilty when they work a lot, so they want to give all their free time to their kids," says Fred Stocker, a child psychiatrist at the University of Louisville School of Medicine, in Kentucky. "But you risk getting squeezed dry and emotionally exhausted." A spa weekend may not be realistic, but it's OK to take 15 minutes for a bath after you walk in the door. (A tall request for a kid, yes, but a happier Uno player goes a long way.) Running ragged between activities? Ask your child to prioritize, says Taylor. She may be dying for you to chaperone a field trip but ambivalent about your missing a swim meet—the ideal amount of time for a pedicure.
Here's what's coming to Netflix in February USA TODAY
With "Billy Elliot" and "Hairspray," Netflix has two movies in February about kids pursuing their dreams against cultural norms.
Families also have "Pretty in Pink," about teens longing for love when all their friends are against them.
The streaming service also has offerings in honor of the February's two major observances. Black History Month is celebrated with "Kevin Hart's Guide to Black History," which explores the lives of unsung heroes such as arctic explorer Matthew Henson and astronaut Mae Jemison. For Valentine's Day, look for "Free Rein: Valentine's Day" and "True: Happy Hearts Day."
Here's a look at the best family programming for February. (See the full listing of February Netflix offerings here, including what parents will want to watch when the kids are in bed.)
About a Boy
An endearing, bullied tween attaches himself to a rich, man-boy (Hugh Grant) and teaches him to act like a grown-up in this comedy-drama. Rated: PG-13.
A coal miner's son is spotted by a tart-tongued, ballet teacher for his raw dance talent. He has a shot at making it into the prestigious ballet school if his dad and older brother allow it. Rated: R, mostly for strong language and references to homosexuality .
Free Rein: Valentine's Day (Netflix original)
Zoe and the gang find their friendship tested as they realize they're not the only ones searching for the elusive Maid's Stone. Rated: TV-G.
Plump Tracy Turnblad auditions for a spot on Baltimore's "Corny Collins Show." While dancing her way into the heart of one dancer, she also manages to integrate the 1962 show. An all-star cast includes John Travolta, Queen Latifah, Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken, Amanda Bynes, James Marsden and Zac Efron. Rated: PG .
Just say "No." Resist the urge to take on extra obligations at the office or become the Volunteer Queen at your child's school. You will never, ever regret spending more time with your children.
Pretty in Pink
A poor girl (Molly Ringwald) falls hard and fast for the rich, popular boy from her school in this John Hughes classic. Seems like this is true love forever, but crossing the social boundaries is not easy in the '80s, especially if their friends have anything to say about it. Rated: PG-13 .
True: Happy Hearts Day (Netflix original)
True and friends share their Happy Hearts on this special day in the Rainbow Kingdom until Glummy Glooma turns everything blue. Rated: TV-Y.
Disney's Beverly Hills Chihuahua
Chloe (Drew Barrymore), a rich Beverly Hills Chihuahua, gets lost during a Mexico vacation. She turns to some scrappy dogs to find her way home. Rated: PG.
Kevin Hart's Guide to Black History (Netflix original)
Kevin Hart plays himself in this educational comedic special featuring reenactments of the accomplishments and contributions of lesser known individuals in Black history. For families.
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The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants: Season 2 (Netflix series)
George and Harold must get good grades if they want to go to summer camp. But with a cyborg Melvin running the school, it's proving difficult. Rated: TV-Y7.
The Dragon Prince: Season 2 (Netflix series)
Claudia and Soren are determined to stop Rayla and the princes as they race toward Xadia with their precious cargo. Rated: TV-Y7-FV.
The Umbrella Academy (Netflix series)
After their father dies, a disbanded group of superhero siblings who were trained to save the world reunite. They uncover shocking family secrets and a threat to humanity. Rated: Unavailable.
The Big Family Cooking Showdown: Season 2 (Netflix Original)
Sixteen families work to impress new judges Angellica Bell and Tommy Banks with their cooking skills. Rated: Unavailable.
Try to avoid thinking that you can save your children from getting hurt (emotionally or physically). Instead, prepare them to cope.
Dolphin Tale 2
The team that saved Winter's life must find a companion for the dolphin or risk losing her to another aquarium. Rated: PG.
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