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Parents need to know that PAW Patrol teaches preschoolers about citizenship and solving problems by way of a group of friendly rescue pups who team up to help neighbors in trouble. The stories illustrate for kids how different types of people and skills coordinate to get a job done, which touches on broader themes like respect and relating to people of different backgrounds. Each story opens with a child or an animal in trouble, and some of their predicaments could worry sensitive kids, but rest assured that there's always a happy ending thanks to the darling pups' bravery and concern for their neighbors.
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What's the story?
PAW PATROL is the story of six rescue pups who respond to the call when their neighbors need help. Chase, Marshall, Rocky, Rubble (Devan Cohen), Zuma (Alex Thorne), and Skye are as brave as they come, and each one has a specific job to do when an emergency strikes. Leading the charge is their human friend, Ryder, who sounds the alarm through his handheld communicator to assemble the team back at their headquarters so they can make a plan and execute a rescue.
Is it any good?
It's all paws on deck when something's amiss in Adventure Bay, and this team is always up to the challenge. Whether the trouble calls for Rubble's digging skills or Chase's keen sense of smell, there's nothing to fear with PAW Patrol on the case. But there's much more to these stories than cute puppies playing heroes; its reminders about caring for others and being brave in the face of danger are spot-on for this age group.
Perhaps the show's best attribute is how it demonstrates the value of thoughtful problem-solving. Do these pups jump to action so quickly that they're trying to outdo each other with their own versions of a rescue? No, they don't. Do they squabble among themselves over whose role in the rescue is the most important? Nope. (Can you tell where this is headed?) Instead they take a moment to collect their thoughts, identify the skills best suited to the job, and support each other's efforts, if only in verbal encouragement. Your tots may not be scaling tall buildings to rescue a neighbor anytime soon, but these same skills can help them tackle smaller stuff like cleaning up messes or resolving squabbles with siblings as well.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the rewards of showing kindness to others, like the characters do in PAW Patrol . How does it make you feel when you lift someone else's spirits or lend a hand? Have you ever been the one to need help? How did someone help you?
Kids: In what ways is it good that we all have different talents to lend to our neighbors? What special qualities or skills do you have that you can use for the good of others?
If your kids are inspired by this show to help others, seek out avenues by which your family can do so together. Are there food banks or clothing drives that need extra hands? Does your church or school do service projects you can contribute to? Getting involved in projects like these shows kids that everyone -- no matter how small -- can be someone's hero.
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