While most parents try to limit their children’s screen time, watching a television show or movie can sometimes be unavoidable. Whether it is a long car ride, a meal, or a child fighting naptime, a show can often be a helpful distraction. Thankfully for parents there are many programs and movies that have a desire to come alongside the family and support the values and lessons that they are trying to teach at home.
The Mother Company, a multimedia company guided by the mission to “Help Parents Raise Good People,” announced that beginning this September Netflix will distribute their award-winning Ruby’s Studio series, a groundbreaking mini-series for children. Netflix will launch all four award-winning 30-minute episodes, which boost essential social and emotional learning (SEL) in a new generation. Ruby’s Studio will be available to Netflix members in the US, Canada, England, Wales, Ireland, Scotland, Australia, and New Zealand.
Considered by media literacy experts to be a “healthier alternative to children’s television,” Ruby’s Studio is carefully crafted to empower children around their every day experiences and provide tools for them in areas such as managing big feelings, conflict resolution, sibling rivalry, and personal safety. The show is hosted by Ruby, an art teacher, who welcomes children into her studio for a day of crafts and fun. Ruby leads kids (and viewers) through animated stories and original musical numbers around the social/emotional theme of each episode.
Abbie Schiller, founder and CEO of The Mother Company said, “As a company on a mission to help a generation of children become more kind, communicative and compassionate, we are excited to now reach millions of homes globally.”
“But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them. Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. Do to others as you would have them do to you.” Luke 6:27-31
The series is beloved by kids, while also offering a huge help to parents. Research has shown that children whose educations have incorporated SEL have better classroom behavior and higher school attendance records. SEL has also been shown to improve kids’ social relationships, reduce violence and decrease drug-use in later years.
The Ruby’s Studio series, crafted for children aged 2-7, is currently comprised of four unique titles, including:
- Ruby’s Studio: The Feelings Show: Adorable host Ruby guides kids on a magical journey of learning through a feelings themed art project, original music videos, gorgeous animated sequences, and puppetry. Featuring the voice of Mel Brooks, Ruby’s Studio: The Feelings Show helps young kids identify, appropriately express and move through their big feelings.
- Ruby’s Studio: The Friendship Show: Emphasizing “The Golden Rule” (treat others how you want to be treated), Ruby’s Studio: The Friendship Show explores ways to foster empathy, confront bullying, and hone problem-solving skills with the goal of growing and maintaining one of the most valuable things in life: great friendships.
- Ruby’s Studio: The Siblings Show: Sibling relationships are often the deepest, strongest relationships in life – but they can also be the most challenging! Ruby’s Studio: The Siblings Show offers kids useful tips to resolve conflict, tame jealousy and prepare for a new baby, while also playfully exploring why the connection and love between siblings is so special and important.
- Ruby’s Studio: The Safety Show: In answer to the #1 concern of parents and caregivers of young children, Ruby’s Studio: The Safety Show empowers kids around their personal safety by offering helpful language and tools in an entertaining, age-appropriate, and gentle way.
“If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that. And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full. But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.” Luke 6:32-36
Discuss together. Whether it is a movie, television show or book, take time to discuss the themes and storyline as a family. It can be right after you watch it, over dinner or before bed. Some shows and movies even have helpful discussion guides or questions that can guide your conversation. If some family members are more reserved or there is one member that likes to speak more than others, it can be helpful to have everyone go around and answer the same question. This gives everyone the opportunity to share.
Having a tough time? If your child is having a hard time expressing what they are going through, look for a story or character that might be going through something similar that they can identify with. From bullying to sharing, there are lots of books and programs that you can use as a platform for conversation for what they might be going through. Pray and ask God to show you what your child is experiencing and the best way to discuss it. Ask other parents and friends how they have handled similar situations.
Share with others. If there is a book or program that has been helpful raising your children or grandchildren, tell others about it. With some many resources out there, it is often hard to keep track of everything. When something has impacted you, consider buying an extra copy and giving it away when you hear of a friend who is going through something similar.
For more information on The Mother Company and the Ruby’s Studio series, please visit www.TheMotherCo.com.