Paw Patrol and Diversity in Families

I should blog more about cartoons and how they are shaping our young children.

It’s being done in a subtle way if you ask me.  I’ve moved on since Ian’s fascination over Peppa Pig has faded and now a days Paw Patrol and Sponge Bob have taken stage center.

One of the things that kind of pinpointed the impact these programs were having on Ian was when we brought home Albizu (our puppy) and he asked me,

“Why doesn’t Albizu talk?”


Is this kid going nuts or what?  And then, BOOOOOM it hit me!  The pups in Paw Patrol spoke, so he kind of figured our puppy could do it as well.

I then explained, that the pups in Paw Patrol were not real pups and that real pups didn’t speak.

As his obsession with Paw Patrol went further I began noticing some things about the program.  For instance, Mr. Porter (a character on the show) has a grandson who’s name is Alex (which always gets in trouble).  Alex’s parents don’t figure on the show and basically his grandfather takes care of him.

They are both a family unit, which brings family diversity into perspective.  Today in our society we can find many grandparents taking care of their grandchildren.  When Ian goes to preschool he is going to be okay if some of his friends are taken care of by their grandparents.

He’s going to be able to see this as normal.

Mr. Porter (which seems to be in his middle years) is doing perfectly well, taking Alex to his dental appointments, first day at school, getting his patches in something that seems like the equivalent of our Boy Scouts and so on. Alex hasn’t mentioned his parents once on the show so it seems their non-existent.

Thinking across these lines,,,,

maybe their at work,

or on a business trip,

or just darn busy to be attending to all the nuisance small children bring with them.

For whatever reason  Mr. Porter is stuck with Alex and he seems to love it and his grandchild. He fits him in his busy schedule in the store.

So you see my dear friends, today’s cartoons are a bit more than you would think. We have to take time to watch television with them, that way we’re sure to know when to explain why things are happening and get hold of what they are learning as things that seem normal.

Next time, we can try to figure out where are Ryder’s parents and why Kally is grooming the pets and not saving the world.

Don’t forget, “If your ever in trouble, just yelp for help”.

“Hasta la próxima.”

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