The first thing my children do in the morning (after eating breakfast and brushing their teeth, of course) is beg me to watch their favorite television shows on Disney Junior. Now, turning on the television the moment they open their eyes in the A.M. might seem like the most convenient idea for a SAHWM (stay-at-home-working-mom), but it doesn’t always work out that way…. of course.
Having been raised only a stone’s throw from Magic Kingdom in Florida, my world revolved around everything Mickey and Disney, and it gives me incredible pleasure knowing that my two toddlers are learning the most important first lessons in life (like sharing and caring) with Mickey and his friends, the same way I did. But with my blogging schedule and taking my daughter to pre-school in the mornings, we always don’t get to watch our favorite Disney Junior shows when they air. Luckily for my family though, Dish Network allows me to save their favorite programs on our DVR so we can sit and watch them together either in the afternoons or before bedtime. Without this feature, we wouldn’t be able to watch Little Einsteins (which usually comes on at 6am!) or Sofia The First, which is on while my daughter is at school. It’s a lifesaver, let me tell you!
Check out our photo gallery of some of our favorite Disney Junior shows and why I as a mother approve of my children watching them and tell me, how much television do you allow your children to watch? Also, do you have any favorites at home, too?
My Kids’ Favorite Disney Junior Shows 1 of 6
Doc McStuffins 2 of 6
Doc McStuffins has won our hearts from the moment she debuted on Disney Junior and is the reason why my 5-year-old says she wants to be a doctor when she grows up (or so she says!). The series chronicles a six-year-old girl named Dottie McStuffins who, one day, wants to become a doctor like her mother. As a kid, she "pretends" to be a doctor by fixing up toys and dolls (because of this, everyone calls her 'Doc'). When she puts on her stethoscope, toys, dolls, and stuffed animals magically come to life and she can communicate with them. With a little help from her stuffed animal friends (Stuffy, Hallie, Lambie and Chilly) Doc helps toys "feel better" by giving them check-ups and checking their illnesses with "The Big Book of Boo Boos". Doc's desire to always helps others makes her a great role model for my kids.
Jake and the Neverland Pirates 3 of 6
Yo Ho Ho! We love Jake and the Neverland Pirates and their incredibly fun adventures. The series focuses on a band of young pirates consisting of Jake, Izzy, Cubby and their parrot Skully, who continuously spend their days competing against Captain Hook and Mr. Smee for treasure. They are often accompanied by several characters including their mermaid friend Marina, and Bucky, their living pirate ship. The best part of watching Jake and his friends is that you almost wished you had a pirate house as awesome as theirs. It's really every child's fantasy at one point of another to be a super cool pirate like Jake. :-)
The Little Einsteins 4 of 6
Ok, the Little Einsteins might not longer be in my children's television viewing rotation, but boy have I always loved these little (and incredibly intelligent) kids! I think I learned more from their travels and explorations than in my own years at school. There's a good reason as to why the Einsteins are still in Disney Junior's morning line-up (while many others have already kicked the bucket) as they provide 20-minutes every morning of quality education when it comes to the fine arts of music, art and geography. This has been by far the best show Disney has ever developed, in my opinion. Even their theme song is addicting!
Sofia The First 5 of 6
Sofia is perhaps the first princess that my 5-year-old has been able to relate too on many different levels. Unlike the other Disney princesses such as Ariel, Belle, or even Merida, Sofia is the same age as most of the elementary school children that watch her and who can relate to her emotions when it comes to her dreams and fears (such as learning how to ballroom dance!). Sofia's incredibly sweet demeanor and her desire to help those around her make her a wonderful role model for my daughter, too.
Mickey Mouse Clubhouse 6 of 6
Mickey Mouse and his friends have been both in our hearts and our minds before my children were even in the womb. Seriously. I grew up in Kissimmee, Florida, only a stone's throw from the Magic Kingdom, and have loved Micky, Donald, Goofy and the gang since as long as I can remember. Having my children learn their first important lessons in life (like sharing and caring) and counting with Mickey not only gives me a heart-warming feeling, but a huge amount of nostalgia, too as each and every one of my trips to Disney have been incredible special to me. The magic will hopefully not only live on with my children, but their future children, too.
Photos via Disney Junior