If you’re trying to raise kids the KIWI way, TV and movies can feel like a problem: How do they fit into a wholesome, holistic life? There are so many programs that claim to be educational, or appropriate for kids under 13, but are they? That’s why I’m thrilled to announce that KIWI is partnering with Common Sense Media to bring you a few of their age-specific, super-helpful reviews in each issue of the magazine, starting this fall. You can incorporate screen time into a healthy life if you want–and if you know where to find the best stuff. Can’t wait till fall? Their site will keep you updated on all the “must-see” summer movies, and much more.
While you’re figuring out what to see in a theater, I have two DVDs for preschoolers that stand out among the pack vying for your child’s attention. A lot of videos cross my desk, but these are special–you’ll have no guilt popping one of these in the DVD player this summer:
Ruby’s Studio: The Feelings Show
I’m pretty confident that you and your kids will fall in love with Ruby, the host of this Mr.-Rogers-for-a-new-generation show (produced by moms!). She’s upbeat and engaging without being annoying, and the show has a wonderful leisurely pace that perfectly matches what kids need as they grow and learn. There’s still a lot for kids to see and do, just minus the frantic pace of too many shows. The Feelings Show episode is all about helping kids understand social and emotional lessons, and there’s a neat “pop-up parenting” feature you can turn on to get little tips to help you reinforce the show’s message once it’s over.
The Juno Baby and Juno Jr. series do an excellent job bringing real (ie, not cheesy) music to little kids. There’s a whole series of videos and CDs, so if you’re as charmed by Juno her little brother Rai Rai as I am, there’s lots more fun out there. In this episode, the beautifully animated world of Harmonia Springs goes silent (little mix-up with a Shush Machine), so Juno and friends have to make their own music. Plus, there’s an app for The Day the Music Stopped, so you can go all multimedia and still know your kids are having fun and learning.