Good modeling, for both of us.
My almost 2 year old loves Blue's Clues as do I for many reasons. We've only seen the first two seasons so far, where the human host's name is Steve, not Joe (maybe Joe comes later?). As we've watched I've grown to admire Steve Burns as an incredibly talented musician and performer. Unlike most children's performers, he's very natural and understated, so it took me a while to recognize and appreciate his brilliance but I did and do. Back in the mid-90's, I dated a guy who had a toddler niece who watched blues clues. I remember she and her mom singing "Clean up, clean up time..." while picking up her toys. Now over a decade later, I started singing that with my little one (making up my own version). I'm an older mom and have sadly lost touch with how to play in many respects. Feeling somewhat perplexed by how to engage my toddler, it occurred to me that this show might be worth checking out. We watch very little TV and this is the first show we've exposed her to. I like to watch it with her actively, dancing and interacting with her and the show while it's playing. Blue's Clues gives me lots of ideas and seeing Steve get playful and imaginative has been helpful role modeling for me. There's also a short segment on each episode where preschool children show Steve something that they can do related to the episode's theme. My little one loves that segment and again, it's more creative-play inspiration for me, things like play "name that sound" or turn the laundry basket and a flash light into a "choo choo." Additionally, the show gives us context for conversation. After watching the show about emotions, for instance, we are sometimes successful at helping her to remember how Blue and Steve "stop, breathe, and think," when they get frustrated. When we went to our first toddler birthday party recently, I was able to prepare her for where we were headed and what we'd be doing by referring to Blue's birthday party. I think knowing what to expect helped, she had a great time and now we play birthday with her stuffed animals. Another thing I appreciate about this show is its pacing. It maintains a nice balance of creativity without being overly stimulating. Although I prefer to actively participate in any media she's exposed to at this young age, after having personally watched many episodes, Blue's Clues is something that I feel I can trust that she's safe with if she watches on her own from time to time. If you're going to do media with little ones, Blue's Clues is educational, respectful and fun.
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Great role models