A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Kids learn about different jobs within a community and how they coordinate to keep citizens safe and happy. Every job is respected to an equal degree, and all of the rescuers gets satisfaction from a job well done.
Kids see community helpers jump to action to care for their neighbors. Each character has unique qualities that make him or her special, but the combination of all of them is what saves the day. Common themes include teamwork, helpfulness, citizenship, and problem-solving. Ryder communicates with the rescue pups via a handheld electronic device on which he can also play video games, but this rarely happens.
Positive Role Models
Every team member's skills are valued and serve an important purpose, and they're always show courage in the face of an emergency. Ryder's leadership keeps the group on task and makes the rescue operations efficient.
Violence & Scariness
Each story begins with characters in some kind of peril. In one, a kitten is set adrift on a toy boat; in another, a girl and her pet are stuck on a train hedged in by a rockslide. There's always a happy ending, of course, but younger kids might fret when their fate is in question.
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Products & Purchases
The series has spawned a world of branded products aimed at preschoolers.
Parents Need to Know
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.
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.
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