Why Bluey is our favorite Disney+ show to watch with our kids.
Good, wholesome, and entertaining television for kids can be hard to come by. Television for kids that the parents also want to watch, is even harder to come by. That’s why Bluey has become our family’s favorite cartoon on Disney+.
If you are anything like me, you are cautious about what your kids watch and about what your kids hear. That’s why I have compiled, together with some other Bluey-loving families, the top ten reasons why you probably shouldn’t watch Bluey with your kids!
WHAT IS BLUEY?
Bluey is a sweet cartoon aimed at toddler, pre-school, and early elementary students.
The stars of the show are the 2 girls of the Heeler family: Bluey and Bingo.
The Heelers are a middle class nuclear familiy where the father works on a farm and the mother works in airport security.
Unlike many early childhood cartoons that focus on shallow storyline, bright colors, and simple dialogue, Bluey is a show that doesn’t underestimate kids.
The show is witty, clever, and accessible while still being engaging, colorful, and original!
The show has become a favorite in our house, but if you really want to stay away from clever family television, then you should consider these reasons why you shouldn’t watch it.
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HOW TO WATCH BLUEY
You can stream episodes of Bluey, including the new episodes on Disney+. However, if you do not have Disney+, don’t fret! You can purchase episodes or entire seasons on Amazon.
TOP TEN REASONS NOT TO WATCH BLUEY!
10. You Don’t Like Clever or Witty Humor.
If you don’t like to laugh, then you probably shouldn’t watch Bluey. Further, if you don’t like original, relatable, and clean humor, then you definitely shouldn’t watch Bluey.
Bluey is chock full of hilarious one-liners, relatable parent humor, and even truly insightful observations that will make you laugh and think.
9. Your house is 100% screen free.
If you don’t have a television, a phone, a tablet, a projector, or any other screen in your house and have never watched television in your life, then you should probably skip Bluey. Then again, how are you reading this?
If you have a screen in your house, and you don’t have Disney+, sign up here, and start watching Bluey. If not, then, skip this review entirely.
8. You don’t want your kids to watch a show that teaches them how to deal with difficult situations.
If you are a parent that prefers to tackle every single difficult issue, then by all means, be my guest. However, if you want your children to be exposed to difficult issues that are explained in kids’ terms, then Bluey is your show.
One of our family’s favorite episodes is “Early Baby” where one of Bluey’s friends is dealing with the birth of a premature sibling. The friends discuss how they have to be “the bravest they have ever been.”
My kids don’t yet understand the word “premature,” but they now understand that early babies require more care and time in the hospital. Thanks, Bluey!
7. You don’t want to watch a show that will genuinely leave you and your kids entertained.
I used to be embarrassed to admit that I enjoyed watching Bluey. However, a few weeks ago, some friends and I were sitting around to a meal, and we all began quoting Bluey. After a few minutes, we all discovered that we were secret fans of the show!
Now, I’m not ashamed to admit that you might even watch Bluey by yourself without your kids.
6. You don’t want your kids to learn new and fun games.
What you will quickly discover after watching Bluey is that you will have to also play new and fun games with your kids. From Raiders to Keepy Uppy to Tickle Crabs, you will soon find your entire family playing games that the Heeler family invents.
I will admit, that I still do not play with as much abandon as Bluey’s parents. (If you want a challenge, check out “Tickle Crabs”)
5. You don’t want your kids to watch a wholesome family show.
Before I made this recommendation to you and even before I let my own children watch Bluey, I went on the search for parent reviews. I found 4 and 5 star reviews on nearly every single site.
Howevever, like a good parent, I also read the negative reviews. To paraphrase, the negative reviews all said that I shouldn’t watch the show because it was completely unrealistic for children to watch a show about a loving nuclear family.
These criticisms did not sway me from watching Bluey to say the least.
4. You don’t want your kids to learn Aussie jargon.
My kids now use terms like “that will take ages,” “I’m busting,” and “wackadoo” in addition to the other strange things they say!
While I know that these terms stick out from their ordinary vocabulary, I certainly hope that they are having their eyes opened to a little larger picture of the world.
For the most part, my children can relate to Bluey and Bingo. But, every once in awhile, they reference flora, fauna, locations, or even seasons (See, “Verandah Santa”) that expose them to a different perspective.
3. You don’t want your children to learn new coping skills.
Bluey and Bingo are about 4 and 6 years old. This means that they are discussing some new and difficult feelings.
For example, in one episode, Bingo doesn’t know how to explain that the family is playing too rough. In another Bingo tries to explain that he doesn’t like his decisions being taken away. And, in still another episode, Bluey and Bingo discuss how it feels to not be invited to a birthday party.
In sum, Bluey and Bingo have given my children reference points and vocabulary to describe feelings that they couldn’t before. When my little one barks, I know that we are playing too rough. And, sometimes my kids ask for a yes/no button. (Watch the show, you will understand!)
Bluey has given my children additional coping skills to deal with big feelings.
2. You don’t want to be uplifted or encouraged.
If you are perfectly happy with where you are and have no room for improvement or need no encouragement, then skip Bluey.
Bluey will not only entertain and teach your kids, but it is also a sweet encouragement to both me and my husband.
My favorite episode is called “Baby Race”. In it, Bluey’s mom, Chili, discusses how moms can support and encourage each other. I’ll admit. It made me cry. Legit tears streaming down my face.
Need to be encouraged today, mommy? Watch Bluey: Baby Race!
1. You don’t want your kids to find out that Bandit is a better parent than you.
And, the number one reason that you might really not want your kids to watch Bluey, is that you might feel inadequate.
If you don’t want to be challenged to spend more quality time with your kids, learn new and fun games, and even discuss difficult issues, then stay away from Bluey.
Bandit (Bluey’s dad) is a better parent than I will ever be. He is kind, available, supportive, and endlessly energetic.
If you don’t want your kids to wish that Bandit was their dad rather than you, then you should probably stay away from Bluey.
SO MANY REASONS TO LOVE BLUEY
So, if you can’t tell, we in our house, are big fans of Bluey. It isn’t everyday that you stumble across a television show that is clean, wholesome, AND ENTERTAINING!
Bluey might not be great for the teenage crowd, but for families with elementary and pre-school children, it is a show that will keep you and the kids entertained.
So, if you don’t already have a subscription to Disney+, get one here now, and start watching Bluey TODAY! Or get several episodes for just $.99 at Amazon here.