As the mother of three young girls, I am always looking for great female characters that can be role models for them. Don’t get me wrong, we have our fair share of princess stuff, but we do our best to balance it out. So, I was pretty excited about my girls’ newfound love of Doc McStuffins.
If you haven’t seen this show yet, and you’ve got toddlers or preschoolers, you’re in for a treat. Doc is a precious little girl whose mom is a physician. Doc wants to be a doctor, too, and she spends her time treating her toys and stuffed animals for whatever happens to ail them. Along the way, Doc manages to provide the viewer with great information on how to keep themselves healthy
• You need to go outside to get sunshine just like the remote control car that is feeling lethargic after being inside for too long.
• Washing your hands keeps germs from spreading, just like it did when a mysterious blue substance was getting on all the stuffed animals.
• You need to get plenty of water to stay hydrated, especially when it’s hot outside.
One of the cute aspects of the show is that no one else can see her toys come to life. They all have to go limp when parents come out to the playhouse in the back yard that serves as Doc’s clinic. I love her nurse assistant, Hallie the Hippo, who is so excited to write down every diagnosis in The Big Book of Boo-Boos.
Found on Disney Junior, not only is Doc a female intellectual, but the show also teaches kids how to maintain their own health. Plus, there’s a lot of singing, and kids love singing.
Could this show get any better? Actually, it does. Because Doc is also African-American! One of the awesome things about Doc McStuffins is the fact her ethnicity is not even remotely a factor in the show. As I’ve mentioned before, I love Jane and the Dragon, but the fact is that the plot clearly shows that she’s doing things girls aren’t “supposed” to be able to do. In Doc McStuffins, her gender and skin color are just non-issues.
She just happens to be black. And a doctor. And compassionate. And completely awesome.