Quality programs about adults and children who are different are rare. Viewers quickly see that many of the struggles faced by Matt and Amy are the same as those faced by average-sized grown-ups: finding time for just the two of them, dealing with miscommunications, deciding where things should be put away in the kitchen. Matt, who previously found success in Silicon Valley, is now starting his own business and coping with the financial challenges of running a start-up. He tends to like to do things his way and sometimes butts heads with his wife, his kids, and his own father. Amy, meanwhile, carries a lot of the family's weight, working two jobs, coaching her youngest son's soccer team, and managing the household of four busy kids.
In many ways, viewers can relate to the Roloff kids, who are trying to find their niche while managing their up/down relationships with their parents, siblings, and friends. Zach is particularly notable -- not only because of his size, but also because of the incredible strength he draws on to find his own way during a normally tumultuous period of development. He's a great student, athletic and well-liked by friends (boys and girls alike). (It's worth noting that sensitive kids might be strongly affected by trying to visualize Zach's daily challenges.) The Roloff family's message is a strong, simple one: Don't look down on them -- instead, accept them as they have accepted themselves. Recognize their achievements, and learn from them about the strengths and abilities of little people.