My niece, Monet, is 7 years old and already knows that she wants to be a doctor. She likes to wear her lab coat and toy stethoscope and give us examinations. When my uncle had cancer, she would pull out her medical instruments and try to nurse him back to health. Of course her treatment had no physical effect, but her care and concern gave my uncle the emotional boost he needed to overcome the disease.
I admire Monet’s drive and determination. She is a confident, compassionate young lady who does her best to help others – kind of like her role model, Doc McStuffins.
If you don’t know who Doc McStuffins is, you (A) don’t have a young child or (B) don’t have a TV. If the answer is B, buy a TV, turn it to Disney Junior, and watch this encouraging show about a six-year-old girl named Dottie “Doc” McStuffins who helps toys “feel better” by giving them check-ups and fixing their boo-boos.
While Monet likes to observe Doc’s medical techniques, I enjoy the show’s focus on family. I watched the first episode of the new season, “Doc McStuffins Goes McMobile/ Chip Off the Ol’ Box” and I was happy to see some positive family interactions.
In the first segment, Doc meets a girl at the park and offers to fix her broken toy mouse. To her dismay, Doc realizes that she can’t fix it and becomes discouraged and sad. But Doc doesn’t give up. She enlists her father’s help to build a mobile medical wagon to save the toy mouse from being discarded in the broken toy pile.
The second segment has my favorite father/son duo Big Jack and Little Jack. I watched a previous episode in which Little Jack needed Doc’s help. Things get flipped around when Little Jack has to see his dad on the examination table.
“I always thought that nothing could hurt my dad,” he said. Many kids experience these feelings when their parents are sick. The show handled this difficult situation in a way that is understandable and comforting to children.
No matter how much Big Jack was hurting, he continued to encourage his son by saying, “I’m always here for you.” This simple expression of fatherly love gives Little Jack the confidence he needs to accomplish a major feat in the show.
As a father, I enjoy seeing dads who are engaged in their children’s lives. It’s refreshing to see fathers portrayed as competent, compassionate men (or in Big Jack’s case -toys) who are loved and respected by their families.
I hope that my niece, Monet, will one day earn a medical degree from my alma mater, Howard University. Until then, I’m pleased that she is doing her pre-med studies with Doc McStuffins.
Question: What does your child want to be when he/she grows up?
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