Since some of my friends are focused on high school and college with their kids, they may not know too much about Doc McStuffins. So, I want to share with my great pals, and you, four reasons we absolutely, enormously love #Doc McStuffins and the entire Doc McStuffins family!
- What to expect when you go to the doctor. Doctor visits for our family were a disaster last year. Stella and Sophia massively freaked out and had a really hard time with their 3-year-old school physicals. Lots of sobbing, clinging to mom and dad, and endless screaming. While we had signed forms, it was an extremely tough visit. From Doc McStuffins, the girls are now singing Doc's songs, are practicing the steps for a check-up on their toys and family, and paying keen attention to the Doc episodes on exactly what happens. We have talked about the check-ups constantly and the girls are so much calmer. We go back in a few days for our 4-year-old physicals for school and I know it is going to be so much better! Thanks Doc!
- How to be compassionate and take care of others. One of my favorite things to do is to watch Sophia and Stella play with their stuffed animals and dolls. It is so sweet to see them give Lambie and Stuffy a check-up. As they are decked out in their Doc white coat and Doc scrubs, they murmur to their toys that it is going to be ok, that they'll give cuddles, and that they will fix them right up. Stella and Sophia love using all of Doc's tools to give the check-ups and have learned how to take care of others. Now, when one of them gets hurt or a cousin gets hurt they spring into action to help. The compassion they shower on their toys is also being showered on others in real life. So sweet.
- How to take care of yourself. From the importance of washing your hands, to drinking lots of water during the hot summer days, to not sharing hats to avoid the glitters, Doc has taught my girls how to take care of themselves. They know they need to tell an adult immediately when they get hurt or don't feel well and that it is important to rest to recharge your batteries. Just like it is important to take care of your toys, it is very important to take care of yourself by eating right, exercising, and using lots of sun screen.
- How to be brave. When you are hurt or sick it can be scary and Doc McStuffins, Doc's mom, Chilly, Donnie, and the rest of the Doc family have helped the girls see how to be brave. When Stella is hurt, Sophia will run for the band-aids and will hold Stella's hand while I take care of Stella. They will bring each other their favorite lovies and blankets and tell each other to be brave. These moments melt my heart and help take the ouchies away.
Doc McStuffins is making a big difference in our family. And, Stella and Sophia already tell people that they want to be doctors when they grow-up thanks to Doc McStuffins. Dream big, princesses.
I can't wait to visit @TCMIndy to bring Doc McStuffins to life for Stella and Sophia, our niece Eleanora, and our friend Sofia. The Doc McStuffins: the Exhibit opens Saturday, August 6 through Sunday, January 22, 2017. Giant thanks to Disney, Disney Junior, the Children's Museum of Indianapolis, and Riley Children's Health at Indiana University Health for your collaboration. Don't live near Indy? Don't worry! Disney recently announced the Doc McStuffins: The Exhibit will travel to other museums in the future!
Get ready Indy! The Messy Mommies and our families are packing up for an epic road trip to @TCMIndy to visit #DocMcStuffins soon! And, I know from our visit we'll all feel better!
(If you have suggestions on great, kid friendly hotels in the Indy area or great restaurants to visit on our road trip please share in the comments. Please share other favorite things to do at The Children's Museum of Indianapolis too!)