A Place of Our Own

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Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media
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Gentle educational show for parents.

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Positive Messages

Encourages thoughtful, informed parenting.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this series is intended for caregivers, not kids. It certainly contains little that could be called objectionable, but it won't be very entertaining for kids, either.

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What's the story?

To be a parent is to be constantly presented with burning questions. Why won't Marcia eat her carrots? How can I get Billy to stop biting his teacher? When will Connor be ready to throw a ball? Finding answers is easier said than done. Enter A PLACE OF OUR OWN, an educational series for child caregivers that's funded by the Sesame Workshop (of Sesame Street fame). Hosted by genial mom Debi Gutierrez, each show centers around a specific topic: how to keep kids safe on the road, how to encourage children to volunteer in their communities, that sort of thing. Experts and parents hold forth on the topic in short sound bites, providing viewpoints, resources, and tips.

Is it any good?

Each episode features a creative activity meant to encourage viewers to ruminate more on the topic of the day. If the topic is healthy eating, for example, a family may demonstrate how to involve kids in cooking a meal. Another episode on encouraging scientific curiosity in kids explained how to help young ones make a nature poster.

A Place of Our Own won't win any awards for sets or costumes. The mood is low-budget and down-to-earth, with an emphasis on solid information over flash. But the show is still appealing, mostly because it provides sympathetic, sound guidance for many of parenthood's difficult questions. Incidentally, the show is connected with an information-rich Web site that's a great resource for parents looking to improve their skills.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the various issues raised on the show. Should parents encourage their kids to become activists? Why is it important to learn about science and nature? What kinds of games do you like to play at home, and why?

TV details

  • Premiere date: January 3, 1998
  • Network: PBS
  • Genre: Educational
  • TV rating: TV-G
  • Last updated: September 19, 2019

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