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Trading Spaces: Boys vs. Girls
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What 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?
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.
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