Parents' Guide to

Esme & Roy

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

Caring friends help cute kid monsters conquer challenges.

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age 2+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 2+

Don’t Listen to The Negative Reviews

Esme and Roy is not a bad show. It is a good idea to watch it with your toddler to get the most out of it and to avoid any issues. I think that the show works where similar shows like Daniel Tiger fail. Esme and Roy are the main focus and the monsters they babysit have some sort of issue and the main characters help them calm down. Yes the monsters can be whiny like Caillou but they are NOT the main characters and their behavior is always correct each by Esme and Roy. The animation is adorable. Esme is a good role model and a person of color so bonus points there. Roy loves meatballs (just like my almost 3 year old daughter) and is also a good role model. There is one episode where Esme tries to set up a pool party for the baby monsters but ends up having trouble setting it up so Roy helps her with her own “monster meltdown “ because she gets upset and sad because she wanted to do something special for the monsters. The behavior of the monsters is never that bad and there is always a creative solution to the “monster problems”. In one episode one of the monsters named Snugs is sick and needs rest but has a hard time staying in bed so Esme and Roy make his bed more fun so he will stay put and get better. The worst thing I have ever seen is an episode where a character didn’t want to share her toys. I have never seen anything other than characters getting upset about whatever kids get upset about. I have found that by watching these shows with my daughter makes all the difference and I can help her see what the difference is between the negative behaviors and feelings and how to calm down and self soothe. I don’t think there’s anything bad if you watch it with your kids and help them sort through what is shown. I know some people don’t have the time, patience, or sanity to watch the shows with their child and if they cannot watch it with them, then they shouldn’t let them watch TV in the first place. TV can help young children as long as the parent engages with their child like I do. Anyway I agree with the reviewer for once.
age 2+

Teaches kids to deals with emotions

This show is great despite what others think they know it teaches kids how to deal with sadness/frustration/angry etc. Without singing the same line over and over again like Daniel tiger. As well as teaches this lessons of emotion control and independence through play though if you don't like that idea of your toddler learn independence and to stop their temper tantrums themselves don't let them watch it.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5 ):
Kids say (3 ):

They're an unusual pair, but these sweet sitters are just what the doctor ordered when it comes to helping youngsters work through their feelings. Esme and Roy engage the tots through imaginative play using costumes and props from a magical bag that transforms into whatever they need that day. Got a picky eater? Esme's restaurant might be just the thing to encourage him to try new foods. Thunderstorms strike fear in a little one? Roy's gentle example can help kids recognize the signs and practice self-calming techniques.

Esme & Roy's thoughtful approach to self-awareness and mindful behavior makes it an excellent tool for families and caretakers to use in teaching similar skills to kids. The monsters' struggles with self-control, anxiety, and adaptation to change likely will be familiar to preschoolers, and even if the specifics don't relate to your kids' experiences, the broader emotions will. As youngsters watch the characters face and conquer their challenges, they may be inspired to better address their own with some grown-up help.

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