I will be the first to admit that I allow my kids to watch some tv. There are shows they are permitted to watch (Disney Jr, PBS, some Nick Jr), and shows they are not allowed to watch (I’m looking at you, SpongeBob). There’s actually a pretty long list of things they’re not allowed to watch Ã¢â‚¬“ too grown up, too mouthy, too privileged, too risquÃƒ©, just too much.
I schedule our Tivo to bounce around in the mornings from one favorite show to the next. We pick up Jake and Sophia and Bubble Guppies and Dora. Grace loves Fetch with Ruff Ruffman and Martha Speaks right now.
Anyway, I digress.
AnotherÃ‚ of ourÃ‚ favorite shows is Doc McStuffins. Allie has a little Doc medical bag with sparkly tools that she uses to take my temperature and give me shots.
Here’s why I encourage my kids to watch Doc McStuffins:
- Every kid can see him or herself Ã‚ in Doc. Doc McStuffins is a girl with dark skin. SheÃ‚ doesn’t do frilly, traditionally girly things; she plays and gets dirty, so boys and girls alike can get into the show.
- Doc is a good role model. Little girls realize that they can do big things like become doctors. Little boys see little girls as equals instead of assistants.
- Every parent would be happy if her kids acted like Doc. Doc McStuffins is smart, takes good care ofÃ‚ her toys, likes to write in a journal, solves problems, and entertains herself. There’s no sass, no scheming, and a whole lot of love and respect.
- Doc McStuffins breaks the glass ceiling. Doc’s mom is a real people doctor.Ã‚ Doc’s medical rolesÃ‚ Ã¢â‚¬“ dentist, eye doctor, surgeon Ã¢â‚¬“ are real to her, and they show kids that they can be anything they want to be if they believe they can do it.
- Every show has a lesson. The Gulpy Gator ate so much he got a tummy ache, and Doc talked to him about moderation. She talked to a tiny whale about growing into her potential. On another episode, the patient had to learn the patience to rest and recuperate. There’s always something positive lurking under the toy’s -itis.
- Every mom needs a few minutes to herself. I put on tv while I’m eating breakfast and doing my Bible study in the morning. Another mom might use the time to have a quiet cup of tea or to scrub the sink. Whatever our reason, Doc McStuffins is a show with no guilt attached.
Make an appointment for Doc’s School of Medicine Week beginning on Monday, September 22 at 9am/8c on Disney Junior on Disney Channel. The week culminates with an all-new episode on Friday morning, September 26.
Until then, you can visit the Disney Junior Facebook page to enter to win the Toy-A-Day giveaway! There will be one winner each day and a grand prize winner on the 26th.
You can also download an awesome Doc McStuffins printable activity pack for School of Medicine week or any time. It’s full of great material for preschoolers and young elementary kiddos.
This post is sponsored by Disney Jr. All opinions and text are my own.
© 2014, Tara Ziegmont. All rights reserved.