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DVD Review – Sofia The First: Ready To Be A Princess

I don’t fall in to the anti-princess view of things. Sitting around and pointing fingers at Disney is the lazy way out. Princess movies don’t set up girls for a life of disappointment, bad parents do. Same goes for video game violence. Violent video games don’t lead to people to go off on a killing spree. If you use it as an opportunity to teach your kids valuable lessons, there is little harm involved.

That said, Disney heard the complaints about the princesses and listened. And came back with another princess? They did and it’s well done. Sofia is voiced by Ariel Winter from ABC’s Modern Family and airs on Disney Junior, the channel aimed and the young child set.

The lessons learned by Sofia in these episodes provide a nice catalyst for conversation with your child. Such as, taking responsibility for your action, even when bad. Doing what’s right, even if it’s not what you want to do. Being friendly & respectful to those considered ‘outsiders’.

So, this is isn’t traditional princess fare. Sofia’s not sitting around waiting for a man to save her.

Sofia The First: Ready To Be A Princess is the second DVD to be released. The first, Once Upon a Princess DVD was released last year.

Episodes included on this DVD:
1. A Royal Mess
2. The Shy Princess
3. Blue Ribbon Bunny
4. The Princess Test
5. Two To Tangu (featuring Jasmine in classic Disney cross promotion)

Sofia the First: Ready to Be a Princess is available now.

Two clips from the show are below.

Review & Giveaway – Doc McStuffins: Time for Your Check Up

Disney Junior’s Doc McStuffins is very popular in our house and with good reason. It’s a pretty damn good show. It has a definite Toy Story vibe with the toys coming to life, but that’s a minor quibble. I mean, if you’re gonna bogart an idea, you might as well bogart from the gold standard. As a father of two daughters it’s hard to ask for a better role model on television for the 2-5 year old set than Doc McStuffins. She’s smart and takes charge when things go wrong.

It’s a cute, creative, fun show with positive role models all around. There is very little to dislike about the show. If you’re a fan of the show, this is a no-brainer. If you’re not and you need a starting point, this is a pretty good place to begin.

Doc McStuffins: Time for Your Checkup is the second DVD released for the show.

Episodes included on this DVD:
1. Gulpy, Gulpy Gators! / One Note Wonder
2. Tea Party Tantrum / Blast Off!
3. Arcade Escapade / Starry, Starry Night
4. Bronto Boo-Boos / Brontosaurus Breath
5. Doctoring The Doc / Hot Pursuit

And we’re giving away a copy of the DVD! HOW TO WIN: Real simple, either share this post on Facebook or RT our tweet about the review. A winner will be selected at random on Friday June 1st.

In the meantime, enjoy these Doc McStuffin activity sheets!

Meet Bridgit Mendler

bridgit-hello-my-name-isI recently had the absolute pleasure to join in on a HuffPost Live Chat with singer/songwriter and actress, Bridgit Mendler. She’s a total sweetheart. Bridgit stars on the hit Disney series, Good Luck Charlie. However, like many of the young actors and actresses appearing on Disney sitcoms these days, Bridgit is first and foremost a musician. She sings and plays guitar and she’s really good at both talents.

My kids are both right at the age where they watch the same tv programs. We actually watch Good Luck Charlie as a family.

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It reminds me of my younger days when I would watch Growing Pains or The Cosby Show together with my family. I often make the comment that I think Good Luck Charlie should be on network television but I won’t complain too much that it’s a hit Disney channel sitcom. It’s nice to not have to cringe when those Viagra commercials come on network channels. Not really interested in having that conversation with my daughters…yet.

But I digress. Bridgit is a doll. She comes across as a very wholesome, educated young lady and that’s really the kind of person I want my young daughters to consider as a role model. During the HuffPost Live Chat, I had the opportunity to ask Bridgit a bit about her musical talents. You can watch/listen in on our conversation around 20:12, although, feel free to watch the entire segment (you should):

So, if you haven’t given Good Luck Charlie a chance yet, I recommend that you do. The series is well-written and the actors have great chemistry.

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I’m always howling with laughter. Bridgit’s debut album, Hello My Name is, is available for purchase. It’s a fun, pop rock album that the family can enjoy together.

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