Earlier this month, we went to the Paw Patrol Live Show at the SSE Arena at Wembley, London. This was the first time my little boy experience a live show, and he LOVED every second of it! The tickets weren’t cheap, but when you look at Paw Patrol merchandise in general, you would understand. Saying that, it’s only once in a blue moon that something like this comes our way, so we decided to go for it and even S, who didn’t know much about the show came out knowing every single character and song! So not only does the show capture the hearts of millions of young children, but adults too. If you have been hiding for the last 4 years, then you probably know very little or nothing about the Paw Patrol. As the name suggests, it is about a group of pups that help out their community in Adventure Bay conducting rescue missions just like how our real life police officers, firefighters, rescue operators would.
Here are 4 reasons why we love the Paw Patrol:
- Positive Role Models
Each pup represents a different background/role of people with unique skillsets. They team up together to solve problems to get a job done. Each pups likes/dislikes and personality makes them more relatable, lovable and appealing.
♥ Chase: Police and traffic officer
♥ Marshall: Firefighter
♥ Rubble: Construction Worker
♥ Skye: Pilot
♥ Rocky: Recycling
♥ Zuma: Sea Rescue
♥ Everest: Snow Rescue
- Educational Value
Teaches kids about team work and problem solving by a group of pups who help people and animals in trouble. Each episode is structured in the same way that teaches children whatever the problem is, you can break it down and approach it the similarly.
- Team Work
Ryder and the pups identify the best skills required to get the job done and support one another in their efforts. Each episode sets a challenge and Ryder as the leader of the pups gathers them all to clearly communicate the problem, plan, goals and objectives. They do not try to outdo one another and definitely do not fight over who is the most important. Instead they work together as a team.
- Positive Messages
It reminds toddlers/children (target audience) to care about others and to be brave and courageous when faced with danger or the unknown. Cooperation solves problems.
To the Critics:
View Paw Patrol through the eyes of children
There are a lot of people criticising the programme, but you’re probably not viewing the program through the eyes of young children in general. What appeals to them and helps with their development will be very different to what stimulates you. Think back to when you were their age? Did we get annoyed with He-Man everytime he said “By the power of grey skull…” or whenever Michelangelo says “cowabunga”? So yes, repetition and catchy phrases may annoy the hell out of you now, but they are great and harmless when you’re young. The target audience for Paw Patrol is toddler/preschool so having talking dogs etc might not make sense to you, but they are in their imaginative period and do not take everything at face value. We don’t think frogs talk after watching Kermit, right?
I try and watch all the TV programmes that #JasperBean watches, not because I think they will influence him and create a monstrous, out of control brat. But because I believe that as a parent, my role is to guide, teach and parent him so that he can make the right decisions for himself. TV is an entertainment and educational tool, not a standby babysitter.
Some also think the Paw Patril is sexist because there is only 2 girl pups and one of them is rarely featured? But have you ever asked your little ones how much they cared about that? Have you ever watched Thomas the Tank Engine? All boys. Peppa Pig? Apparently, boys can only like George and not Peppa? As far as I’m concerned, the Paw Patrol is quite gender neutral in terms of what is on the market. #JasperBean loves Rubble, but he also really likes Everest, one of his favourite episodes is the one where Everest joins the gang. Who says boys can’t like “girl” characters or vice versa? Children do not view sexism the way adults do, therefore we should really restrain ourselves from passing on our sexist assumptions to our children.
P.S. Zuma was represented by a girl in the Paw Patrol Live Show… so maybe Zuma is a girl?
Ok, maybe I do have some questions about the show, like…
- Why are the adults all so silly and can’t seem to function like normal adults?
- I get the focus is on the pups, but why can’t the other animals in Adventure Bay speak?
- Ryder and Katie are only 10 years old, why are they never shown at school?
- Why does the town rely solely on a kid and pups to solve all their problems?
So many questions, but are they important to a toddler/young child? Probably not.
Adults may seem silly in Paw Patrol and always require Ryder and the Pups to save the day, but that’s not what your kids are focusing on. If they enjoy the programme, why not take note and learn from them. Be inspired and provide a helping hand in your community. Maybe there are ways in your neighbourhood where you can set out to assist too. Food banks, charity runs, church/school service projects. Getting involved in such activities can demonstrate that no matter how small a gesture, anyone can be a hero.
“No job is too big and no pup is too small.”
Not sure if your little one is ready for the big screen or live shows? You can read my tips here on how to prepare for this exciting family adventure!
Thanks for reading and until next time…
Love, MsMamaBean x
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