Our Little Family

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Little people-focused reality show has empowering messages.

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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

It shows a family that is willing and able to adapt their lives to a world filled with average-sized people. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

The Hamills are raising their children to believe that their dwarfism does not interfere with whatever they want to accomplish in life. 

Violence & Scariness

Occasionally children get mildly hurt playing; a bloody nose is visible. Concerns raised about bullying. Toys include space guns. 

Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism

The Hamills drive Toyotas.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Our Little Family is a reality show featuring a family in which all members have dwarfism. It's voyeuristic, but sends strong messages about the ability to live full lives regardless of whatever challenges they may have due to their size. There some occasional arguments, bumps, and bruises among children, and bullying is discussed, but there's nothing much to worry about here. 

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What's the story?

OUR LITTLE FAMILY features the Hamills, a Maryland family of five who happen to be little. Michelle and Dan Hamill are parents to 6-year-old son Jack, and their almost-three year old twins, Cate and CeCe. From coping with Michelle's bad cooking to adjusting to having their children in school, they want to show the world that despite some unique challenges, they live their lives just like anyone else.   

Is it any good?

This slice-of-life series shows how a family, all the members of which have achondroplasia (the most common form of dwarfism), adapt their lives to an larger-sized world. As cameras follow them, they also share some of the challenges they face, many of which average-sized people are unaware of. Despite the tidbits of information about living life as little people, most of what is featured here are simply the day-to-day adventures of a family with small children. But the messages it sends about not allowing their size to keep them from living life to the fullest is invaluable. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about dwarfism. Who can be born with it? What are some of the challenges that people who have it face? 

  • What is the purpose of reality shows that feature people who look or seem "different" than average people? Is it to educate? Or is it to offer some voyeuristic entertainment? 

TV details

For kids who love reality families

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