Doc McStuffins

Common Sense Media says

Excellent preschool series has positive messages for kids.

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Educational value

The process by which Doc diagnoses and treats her patients teaches kids critical-thinking and problem-solving skills. Each story has reassuring messages about going to the doctor, as Doc tackles many of kids' common fears (getting a check-up, having a shot, etc.) in a friendly, non-threatening way.

Positive messages

Doc McStuffins makes a concerted effort to forego stereotypes. Doc and her family are African American, Doc's mom is a doctor, and her dad is the kids' primary caretaker, who's often seen tending to naptime or cooking dinner while Mom is at work. Doc's interactions with her stuffed friends reflect preschoolers' vivid imaginations and greater awareness of people's jobs through role-playing.

Positive role models

Doc's parents encourage her dreams and desire to follow in the footsteps of her mom, the doctor. As a role model herself, Doc is patient with her younger brother and always willing to lend a hand when he runs into trouble.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Doc McStuffins is an animated preschool series that sends excellent messages to kids about imaginative play, caring for others, and problem solving. Kids see 6-year-old Doc taking initiative to "heal" her toys, which typically involves replacing batteries or re-stitching a seam, encouraging independence and a can-do attitude. The fact that the show centers on an African-American family whose parents take on reversed gender roles (mom at work, dad at home) reflects society's diversity, and Doc's kid-friendly health tips are good reminders about basic personal hygiene.

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What's the story?

DOC MCSTUFFINS is an animated series about a 6-year-old doctor in the making who cares for toys of all shapes and sizes. Working out of a clinic in her backyard playhouse, Doc McStuffins (voiced by Kiara Muhammad) re-stitches, recharges, and repairs a variety of neighborhood patients with help from her collection of talking toys, including Stuffy the dragon (Robbie Rist), cuddly Lambie (Lara Jill Miller), Hallie the nurse (Loretta Devine), and Chilly the worrisome snowman (Jess Harnell). Sometimes Doc gets advice from her mom (Kim Brooks), who's a "people" doctor, and she dishes out advice about taking care of yourself to stay healthy.

Is it any good?

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This thoughtfully crafted show caters to preschoolers' increasing awareness of themselves and the world around them by centering on a bright, curious young girl who likes to help her friends, who wants to be just like her mom, and who's learning that there are many things that are within her power to fix. Doc is a great example for young kids, who can walk through the process with her as she uses critical thinking to diagnose her patients ("What is the problem?" What are the clues?" "How can I solve it?") and nurse them back to help. The show also inspires kids' imaginations through Doc's interactions with her special toys and her clinic's magical nature.

Centering on an African-American family with reversed gender roles (mom works full-time and dad stays home with the kids), Doc McStuffins makes a great effort to reflect the diversity of modern family life. Need another reason to love this series? Kids might be slightly less leery of visiting their own doctor after viewing the experience in the show's non-threatening light, thanks to Doc's careful attention to her patients' physical and emotional needs.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about caring for others. Why is it important to show that we care for other people? What are some ways we can do that for our friends or family? How does it feel when someone does something special for us?

  • Kids: What routines do you follow that help you stay healthy? Why is it important to brush your teeth, wash your hands, and eat good food each day? How does your doctor help ensure that you stay healthy?

  • What roles do you like to play in make-believe? What costumes or props do you use? How do you incorporate your toys in your play? Do you ever pretend that the characters you see on TV are part of your play?

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Parent Written byWL41 March 23, 2012
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3
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Finally!

As a parent of 4 and an early childhood special educator, I think this is an excellent program. Long overdue. Kudos to Disney for meeting the challenge.
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Parent Written bylashrimpa April 1, 2012
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3
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Excellent Show!

This has quickly become my daughter's favorite show and I enjoy the lessons we can discuss during and after an episode. We are careful what and how often our daughter views programs, this show is perfect for our family. Thank you Disney for this charming show with kind characters that stimulates imagination and encourages role play.
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Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Parent Written byLemuel April 1, 2012
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2
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I Love It!!!

Gives your child a great foundation to be imaginative & creative.
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models

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