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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Helpsters Help You are shorts that center on Helpsters’ Cody as she gives viewers advice for solving various problems. Each episode sees Cody identify a problem -- such as coping with plans that change -- and then offer practical coping tactics to help preschoolers in similar circumstances. Her advice is always appropriate to the target audience’s young age and usually encourages self-sufficiency. Cody’s thoughtful direction also reminds kids in a subtle way that their emotions are valid and worth expressing.
What's the story?
In HELPSTERS HELP YOU, a friendly monster named Cody (voiced by Stephanie D'Abruzzo) demonstrates ways to help viewers deal with small problems that arise in their life. Cody speaks directly to her friends at home as she addresses troubles like feeling disappointed that a favorite play pace is closed or wanting to play a game with a friend who can’t visit. Her practical advice helps remind preschoolers that problems always have a solution if they’re willing to look for it.
Is it any good?
This offshoot of Helpsters makes kids the beneficiaries of Cody’s resourcefulness and good ideas. Though very short in length, these episodes touch on inconveniences and stresses to which young kids certainly can relate, and making sweet and well-meaning Cody the one who shares this information helps the advice really hit its mark. Rather than being told by a grown-up what to do in a predicament that involves them, kids get to watch as Cody finds a solution to the problem that affects her.
Helpsters Help You is a streamlined and simplistic show with a singular goal of showing useful advice in action. Viewers need not have seen Helpsters to follow and appreciate Cody’s ability to gently guide in this series, but for kids whose first introduction to the gregarious monster is this show, it likely will inspire interest in the parent series.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about what it feels like to face a problem like the ones Cody experiences in Helpsters Help You. Kids: How do you deal with emotions like disappointment or anger? What are some constructive ways to express those feelings?
Can you think of a different way to solve the story’s problem than what Cody demonstrates? How does solving a problem require you to persevere through hardships?
Kids: In what ways does Cody challenge the idea of what it means to be a monster? Is it ever OK to judge someone by a title rather than by his character? What other shows have you seen with characters who contradict their “scary” titles like Cody’s?
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