Absolute best show I've found for my daughter, and her big brother loves it, too!
I can't say enough great things about this show. It's absolutely perfect for my family, especially my young daughter. My daughter loves all things girly-girl and she's already an amazing little nurturer -- she is three, already she is very tuned in to the feelings of people around her, and nothing makes her happier than trying to help those in need. Doc McStuffins is such a wonderful role model for her. Doc is smart, but also very loving. She fixes toys' problems AND knows how to make them feel better. She shows great leadership traits as she helps the toy characters solve problems. Each challenge she faces requires real skills - toy repair, knowledge of health, an understanding of how people should behave toward one another - rather than something abstract, like magic or "just being myself." (I'm looking at you, Sofia the First.) Valuable side benefits of this show include helping my kids feel comfortable at the doctor's office, giving them knowledge of basic health, and making them think of toys as assets to be cared for and repaired when broken. I also really appreciate that the toys featured in the show's episodes are generic toys that could be lying around any playroom, with a good mix of gender-neutral, girly, and boyish items (i.e., Doc is just as likely to be helping out a toy princess as she is a dump truck), giving this show wide appeal. While this show is my daughter's favorite, my kindergarten-aged son gets very absorbed in these episodes as well. I love that there's a positive show they both want to watch together, and it's great for my son to admire a cool girl main character. We started watching this show when my kids were 2.5 and 4, after our pediatrician (a mom of three!) recommended it, and we still love it now that the kids are 3 and 5.5. I rated it for ages three and up, but for the right kid (my daughter!!), I think this show will educate and inspire two-year-olds as well.
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