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Trading Spaces: Boys vs. Girls

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Kids redo each other's rooms in fun series.
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What parents need to know

Educational value

Kids will probably pick up a few tips/ideas for real-world room redos.

Positive messages

Overall the series' tone and take-aways are positive, with participants excited about both doing the remodeling work and seeing the finished results.

Positive role models

The kids are upbeat and positive, and gender-based stereotypes are kept to a minimum.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that, taking off from the Trading Spaces phenomenon, this kid-friendly show has teams of boys and girls redecorate each other's rooms with the help of carpenters and designers. The best part of each episode is seeing how the kids try to make the rooms reflect their occupant's personalities, using wonderful insight into their likes and dislikes. The gender stereotypes are kept to a minimum, and the end results are very happy.

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What's the story?

Two boys and two girls get the chance to redecorate each other's rooms, making them into reflections of their owner's personalities. As they work, the kids have to compete in various challenges, often involving vast quantities of messy goop (usually pink for girls and blue for boys, but that's the limit of the gender stereotyping). They are aided in their renovations by carpenters and designers (and again care is taken in the genders here; there are female carpenters and male decorators) and by a team of "labor savers," silent folks in hazmat suits who can be won in the challenges to help with the grunt work.

Is it any good?

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It's fun to watch the kids figure out what interests the rooms should reflect and the results -- from a lawnmower bed to an art gallery of pet portraits -- are fun and lively. The results are amazing, and though parents may wonder how long a kid will like sleeping in a wizard's lair before asking for something different, the kids end up delighted and feeling incredibly accomplished.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about making over your kid's room. Together you could brainstorm creative (and inexpensive) ways to make your child's room reflect his or her interests and personality.

  • Kids: Why is it so important for kids' rooms to reflect who they are?

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Teen, 13 years old Written bycoolbrees09 March 23, 2011
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Too much violence
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Too much consumerism
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Teen, 14 years old Written byMegan96 February 6, 2011
I think the show is mostly okay, I just don't like the boys vs. girls part of it. I don't really like the idea of boys and girls trying to prove that they are the better gender, and I know that this show doesn't really talk about that, it's just something that the title alludes to...
Teen, 13 years old Written bySuPeRsTaR4evanEva August 26, 2010

perfect for all ages

I think the show should come back it was a thing me and my now older sister still watch it it is an epic i wish it was back on the air i wouldn't mind being on it
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