A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Show intends to entertain more than anything else, but in relating Elena's achievements as tween to her eventual political success, it encourages viewers to consider that every lesson learned in life is valuable.
Kids see Elena cope with many issues that will resonate with them, including academic and social pressures, disappointing peer relationships, changing dynamics at home. Through it all, she keeps a positive outlook and determination to always do her best, which series equates with her eventual occupation of the White House. Elena's Cuban American heritage has a small but constant role in her life, and the story refers to her father's death three years ago.
Positive Role Models
Elena sets goals for herself, reflects on her successes and shortcomings, holds herself to a high standard. She always stays true to her values in face of adversity. Gabi is a hardworking single mom who balances her kids' needs with her own.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some hints at tween crushes. Talk among tween girls of getting their periods, cycling together ("cycle sisters," they call themselves), using tampons.
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Rarely "shut up" and name-calling like "nerd."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Diary of a Future President follows the ups and downs of a Cuban American middle schooler whose experiences help prepare her for an eventual rise to the presidency. The show sets up its reflective look back at 12-year-old Elena's (Tess Romero) everyday life and then settles there for the duration, rather than bouncing back and forth between Elena's adult and tween personas. The show's honesty in dealing with issues like difficult emotions, stress, and troublesome people raises worthy talking points for families. Other topics -- menstruation, for instance, which is discussed frequently and frankly -- may inspire questions, depending on your kids' age and awareness. This feel-good series features a diverse cast, a strong family unit, and a hardworking, self-assured tween who aspires to -- and eventually achieves -- great things.
Is It Any Good?
Romero's charisma helps elevate this show, which otherwise runs the risk of being overlooked because of its overall mellow vibe. There's no shtick, no gags, no hyperbolic silliness for laughs; instead it's a straightforward and relatable look at the unpredictable late tween years, happily guided by a smart, industrious, well-rounded kid. Because the story gives away the ending at its start with Elena's ascent to the presidency, it's easy to settle in and watch things transpire without wondering where events will take her someday.
From puberty matters to social drama to winging it on an assignment after mixing up the due date (yikes!), Elena's day-to-day issues hit close to home and mostly keep to appropriate topics, but the extent of some discussions, especially surrounding periods, may not be for all families. But talk about crushes, periods, and other timely concerns don't overwhelm Diary of a Future President's content -- there's still plenty of room for strong messages about family relationships, adjusting to change, and working hard toward your goals.
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