If your kids are anything like mine, then they probably like the Disney Channel shows. A lot. Basically, that’s all they watch.
We spend a bit of family time each week viewing Disney Channel programs together and discussing them as we go. We feel that there are a lot of lessons to be learned by watching the shows and talking about them as a family.
“She’s not being nice, is she?” we’ll ask when one character is being selfish or mean.
“He’s not making a good decision, is he?” we’ll point out when another is doing the wrong thing.
And then we discuss the topics together, often to the point that we have to pause the show (thanks, DVR!) in order to hear all of the thoughts on the matter. It’s a fantastic way for our kids to talk over the issues that they face while doubling as quality family time in the process. It’s a win-win.
Needless to say, when we attended Disney’s D23 Expo earlier this month, they were ecstatic to meet some of their favorite stars from the shows that they love, like Skai Jackson and Karan Brar from Jessie (top).
Here are a few of the magical moments that my boys got to spend with the Disney Channel stars:
Leo Howard plays Jack on Disney Channel’s Kickin’ It, a show about misfits, martial arts, and friendship — plus everything along the way. Leo talked to the boys about their karate lessons and fitness, something the boys are very into right now (and hopefully forever!).
This was the “silly” photo that the cast of Dog With a Blog took with my boys. From left to right: Blake Michael (Tyler), Atticus Honea (my oldest), G. Hannelius (Avery), Francesca Capaldi (Chloe), and Zane Honea (my youngest). We really like this show because a) we love dogs, b) I blog for a living, and c) it’s really funny. That’s Stan the talking dog in the background. He didn’t say much.
Skai Jackson plays the hilarious Zuri Ross on Jessie, a funny show about a family of children that are cared for by their nanny (Debby Ryan). There is always a bunch of mischief and a lesson at the end. We try to figure out what it is before the story gets there. It’s like a game.
There were other Disney Channel shows present as well, but D23 had a lot of other things to look at (like Disney Infinity and the Waffle-inator!), and we had to make sacrifices. I only hope that Good Luck, Charlie can forgive us.
What is your favorite Disney Channel show?
Photos: W. Honea