After age 21, milestones become fewer and farther between. But kids have milestones all the time — first days of school, first pet, first junior high dance — not to mention any other moment that a young child chooses to lend their unbridled enthusiasm. (First peanut butter and cheese sandwich! First time wearing underwear as a hat!) Celebrate these mini-milestones with your child through the movie and TV episodes that highlight these firsts.
New Sibling: The Hive: Babee’s Room
This cute episode celebrates the birth of a new sister! It helps very young kids understand what this whole new sibling business is all about.
Losing Your First Tooth: Super WHY: S01E10, The Story of the Tooth Fairy
I love Super Why. It’s such a smart show and this tooth fairy episode has a sense of whimsy with the usual Super Why educational spin.
Getting Glasses: Arthur: S15E09, Through the Looking Glasses
Can you imagine Arthur without his glasses? See the origin of his signature look.
First Pet: Beethoven
A Saint Bernard wreaks havoc on a family’s life, much as a new puppy does to anyone. Here’s a good celebration of a first pet (or maybe a good discouragement to kids who won’t stop asking!)
First Spelling Bee: Akeelah and the Bee
This is such a sweet story about a little girl who makes her way to the spelling bee through perseverance, mentorship and pluck.
And not to leave mom and dad out…here’s a few on theme episodes and movies to watch after the kids go to bed.
Getting Married: Four Weddings and a Funeral
This classic movie celebrates marriage, relationships and Hugh Grant. What’s not to love?
Having a Baby: Away We Go
In my opinion, the best pregnancy movie ever made, perfectly capturing the excitement and uncertainty of a baby on the way.
Life as a Parent: Parenthood
This show can get maudlin at times, but I can’t stop watching nonetheless.
First Job: The Office
A perfect encapsulation of workplace life.
Running for Office: Parks and Recreation
Sure, not everyone hits this milestone but the show is worth the excuse to watch it. Not only for comedy genius Amy Poehler, but for Ron Swanson, one of the best TV characters of the last 10 years.
Buying a house: House Hunters
Oh, who can get enough of House Hunters and the prospective buyers complaining about paint color and praising crown moulding?