I’ve written here before about my love for The Mother Company’s Ruby’s Studio.
My 3-year-old son and I have watched their feelings show to help him navigate some difficult waters- his second and third years and a friendship with another little boy who was having problems expressing his feelings through difficult family events.
So when I got a chance to watch their new show, “The Friendship Show” I knew it was perfect timing.
He has grown up a lot over the last 6 months going to preschool, and is an age where he is playing more with friends instead of alongside them, making up storyline with mix-matched toy sets and driving pretend car races.
So in between viewings of Transformers and Wonder Pets I focused him in on the show.
At first he pouted a little Optimus Prime is way cooler in his quickly maturing little boy mind. He made it halfway before changing the show back over to his beloved robots on Netflix, still munching on crackers.
But then the next day I caught him going back to my video section and watching the rest of the show.
And then starting it over.
The show features crafts, questions and scenarios that are good for children to learn about how to be a friend to someone else. Friendship, conflict resolution and the golden rule are all featured with adorable animation and fun.
After watching I sat him down and tried to ask him a couple broad questions about his friends, but his answers were clearly of the ‘Mom, I got it, now let me go play’ variety.
I’m glad that the show also has a focus on bullying, which I won’t know he deals with until it is a big issue.
I know he already has had conflict with friends- the ones that don’t want to play with him, the ones that don’t want to share, the ones that want what he has but he doesn’t want to give it to them.
The usual stuff for a 3-year-old.
Without being there all the time, every time for my son I’m not sure what problems he faces during the day- the little things that maybe the preschool teachers don’t even see.
I love giving him a tool that both entertains him and educates him for dealing with those issues, and even though I know at his age it won’t sink in right away, through practice (and multiple viewings) that it will sink in and help him be a better friends to his fellow truck-loving friends.
We won’t even mention the drama that will be in years to come with those he calls his ‘girlfriends’.
Disclaimer: I received a digital copy of The Friendship Show for review. No other compensation was given.