It can be hard to find activities at home that I can do together with my adult daughter with special needs. But film and TV often works, and thanks to Netflix recommendations, Smiley and I can always find something to watch.

For the last few weeks we’ve been enjoying some gentle nostalgia and we both recommend these two classics:

Bed knobs and Broomsticks

Set against the background of World War II, three children are sent to live with a middle aged woman who is dabbling in witchcraft. With shades of Narnia and Mary Poppins, this children’s classic from 1971 has catchy songs, animation and lots and lots of adventures, with a few messages about redemption thrown in as well.


The plot of this lovely cartoon revolves around an aristocratic old lady who leaves all her worldly possessions to her cats who are left in the care of her loyal butler. But after her death he feels aggrieved that he should have to wait until her pets have died before inheriting, and so plots the demise of the kittens and their mother. Their luck changes when they meet the charming roguish alley cat, Thomas O’Malley. The film also features stylish swing music including memorable tunes such as Everybody wants to be a Cat.

And next on our list is this film, which is available on Netflix for one month only until the end of April. So get watching…


Needs no introduction: Smiley and I are looking forward to watching this on the big screen in the living room, and I will *have* to sing along to keep her entertained – and with the state of my singing these days, I’d say we’ll both be laughing!

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