Ruby's Studio: The Siblings Show

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Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Engaging movie helps families navigate kids' relationships.
  • NR
  • 2015
  • 40 minutes

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Educational Value

The show promotes social and emotional development and teaches kids strategies for resolving conflict with brothers and sisters. Empowering messages about self-worth and the rewards of caring communication. 

Positive Messages

Kids explore their feelings about sibling relationships, both the positive and the negative. Ruby helps them express how issues such as arguing and competition affect them, and they talk about positive methods of communication and resolving conflicts that arise. Three animated stories also address similar issues, showing kids how the characters identify what's bothering them, communicate it to other family members, and arrive at a solution that satisfies everyone involved. Other themes remind kids of their inherent value as individuals and as members of their families.  

Positive Role Models & Representations

Ruby's kindness and empathy make her an excellent role model for kids and example for their parents. She encourages kids to express their feelings in a supportive environment, and they work together to come up with solutions to issues that affect every sibling set at some point. 

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The show includes a song and music video from Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band, so kids might want to check out some of the artists' other work after hearing "The Siblings Shake."

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Ruby's Studio: The Siblings Show is a fun way for families to broach common sibling woes such as rivalry, struggles with sharing, and feelings of inferiority. Compassionate host Ruby discusses these issues and more with a group of real-life siblings, and together they generate constructive methods for dealing with them that families can easily implement at home. Incorporating three animated stories, a cooperative sibling craft (also easily copied at home), and a lively music video, this engaging show is fun to watch and rich in themes that promote healthy emotional development and celebrate families of all kinds. 

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What's the story?

In RUBY'S STUDIO: THE SIBLINGS SHOW, gentle host Ruby (Kelsey Collins) and seven young friends discuss what it means to be a sibling and explore the ups and downs of getting along with brothers and sisters. From the joys of having a ready-made playmate to the struggles of having to share, these real-life siblings talk frankly with Ruby about this unique relationship. They also consider healthy methods of resolving conflict using caring communication. Animated stories illustrate the show's positive themes and celebrate families of every kind, and an energetic music video from Grammy Award-winning Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band gets kids up and moving.

Is it any good?

This is an exceptional addition to the Ruby's Studio repertoire that gives families tools and techniques for better communication. Every parent knows how tenuous the sibling relationship can be; brothers and sisters can be best friends one minute and, well, quite the opposite the next, and it's not always easy to diffuse tense situations as they evolve. With Ruby's gentle guidance, kids learn how to express their feelings in ways that affirm caring relationships while encouraging honest dialogue. Whether it's vying for attention or feeling inferior in a sibling's presence, The Siblings Show validates kids' feelings even as it celebrates all that's great about the unique relationship between brothers and sisters.

The Siblings Show's cast of real-life sibling pairs make the show's topics relatable to kids in the audience, and Ruby's patience and compassion set an excellent example for parents, too. The Mother Company leaves no stone unturned in exploring the ins and outs of sibling relationships, including thoughtful references to the different situations that yield brothers and sisters, from the birth of a new baby to the blending of two established families. Delightful animated sequences address sibling issues from a different perspective, including one that addresses a youngster's adoption. This wonderful show is fun to watch and rich in valuable methods of working out common family concerns. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what makes sibling relationships special. In what ways are brothers and sisters different from friends? Are there things you share with them that you don't with friends? What's the best thing about being a sibling?

  • What are some common issues that arise between you and your siblings? How does arguing or fighting make you feel? How can you use what you learned from this show to resolve them more quickly? 

  • This show encourages the use of caring dialogue that expresses feelings instead of assigning blame. Why is it important to be careful with the words we use? Work with your kids to play out some scenarios that illustrate how talking it out and using "I feel ... " language can improve communication. 

  • How do the characters in Ruby's Studio: The Siblings Show demonstrate communication? Why is this an important character strength?

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