A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that the cheerful bears in this cartoon series learn positive lessons about feelings and caring, including the importance of being a good friend, the value of honesty, and the fact that it's OK to ask for help when you need it. Kids will relate to storylines that illustrate how responsible youngsters resolve issues with friends and work together to ensure everyone's happiness. A potential speed bump for very young viewers may be the stern, sometimes-menacing character Grizzle.
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What's the story?
CARE BEARS: ADVENTURES IN CARE-A-LOT -- an updated version of the '80s show -- focuses on the colorful bears' escapades and highlights how each one shares his or her unique way of caring with friends. Each Care Bear relies on his or her own special caring ability -- and their powerful belly badges -- to see each other through the ups and downs of life. The friends must also join forces against the schemes of their nemesis, Grizzle, an oversized bear who often causes trouble for the residents of Care-A-Lot. But fortunately for them, Grizzle's evil plots are no match for the bears' combined caring power -- and even he begrudgingly acknowledges the lessons everyone learns in friendship, morals, and respecting others' feelings.
Is it any good?
Kids will easily relate to the troubles that arise among the Care Bears and may benefit from watching them resolve their differences with positive word choices and an understanding of others' feelings. And parents who remember the cuddly characters from their own childhood will get an extra kick out of sharing this series with their kids. All of that said, it's worth noting that very young viewers may find Grizzle's stern appearance and insistence on raising turmoil among the Care Bears a bit frightening and/or upsetting.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about feelings and how we express them. What kinds of things make you angry? How does your mood change when your feelings are hurt? Do you talk to anyone about how you feel? How else can people deal with feelings? How do you respond when a friend is feeling down? If you were a Care Bear, what would your special caring ability be?
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