See a little bit of the world as a family
So, we're probably never going to be able to travel around the world with our kids. It's just not feasible with school and work and cost and such. Watching the amazing race as a family sort of serves as a way to show our kids that the world is bigger than the suburbia they live in, and while we live in a pretty diverse suburbia, there is more diversity out there. The 9 year old girl has watched this show since she was about 5 and loved it, our 5 year old son is bored by it usually. Swear words are bleeped out, there is no real nudity or sexuality to deal with, and aside from poor choices that some teams make during competition there isn't much that is difficult to explain to the kids about human interactions. They're faced with mean and/or self-serving people at school, and BFFs don't always get along in 3rd grade too, so we have a good platform for discussing how to get beyond the issues when people are annoyed with each other or do something to another team to get ahead in the race (e.g. U-turns or not helping out with information). It's just a great lesson in how big and beautiful the world and its people are, without having to be super-wealthy to afford the plane fare.
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