Have you seen Bluey? If you have an older baby or toddler you have probably seen it on ABC Kids.
For those of you not yet in the loop, Bluey is an Australian television series featuring an inexhaustible six year-old Blue Heeler dog and her family, who loves to play and turns everyday family life into extraordinary adventures. The show highlights and celebrates Bluey developing her imagination as well as her mental, physical and emotional resilience.
Equally refreshing is Bluey’s take on fatherhood. Bandit (Dad) is a laid-back but resourceful father who’s heavily involved in the day-to-day childcare. He’s competent and a good dad. I have found this is something rare in children’s tv where most father’s are silly buffoons who watch a lot of TV and just un-reliable. Surely, these are not healthy messages.
This show just isn’t for kids though – it really is a family favourite. In our house we tape it and watch it together laughing our heads off – there isn’t many show’s like that. If nothing else, the show is a reminder to parents to lighten up a little, change perspective and enjoy childhood.
You can watch the current season on ABC Kids or check out ABC iview.
Our favourite episode so far is definitely Takeaway. A simple trip to pick up Chinese takeaway turns into disaster, this is slapstick at it’s best but I won’t give away the storyline…spoilers.
I encourage you to watch some episodes of Bluey. Regardless of our age, there are plenty of lessons to be learnt and reminded of and this is a fabulous way to get the message across.