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In a lot of ways, the TRANSFORMERS are like BATMAN. At the core, you know the basic gist, but they can be re-worked for different age groups and interests, from preschool to grownups, lighthearted to completely dark. I dig that, and TRANSFORMERS: RESCUE BOTS are a prime example of how the franchise can be molded - to get kids into that robotic action at a young age, with fun stories that help teach the virtues of safety and kindness. There are no battles with the Decepticons here, instead placing a team of Autobot Rescue Bots (at the request of Optimus Prime) on the island of Griffin Rock, Maine, where they work side-by-side with their human friends to learn valuable lessons each week. Airing on The Hub Network (where Season Two just began this month), Shout! Factory Kids has been handling the DVD side of things, and the latest collection, HEROES ON THE SCENE just hit the streets.

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The Rock Father is a 2014 PBS KIDS VIP (Very Involved Parent) BloggerBefore it even made it's debut back in 2012 (and before I became one of the PBS KIDS VIP Bloggers), I was excited about DANIEL TIGER'S NEIGHBORHOOD. Continuing the legacy of Fred Rogers, and set within the familiar Neighborhood of Make Believe, the adventures of Daniel and his friends fast became one of the most-watched programs here at Rock Father HQ. With perfectly-sized episodes, each with a valuable lesson for preschoolers, and some of the best music you'll find in children's programming, the show is a hit on several levels, and though I've said this before, I feel I need to say it again: I don't think that there's another show that my kids watch that makes me feel good in the way that DANIEL TIGER'S NEIGHBORHOOD does.

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I have a strange confession to make. Although I've casually seen some episodes of CHUGGINGTON with my little ones over the past few years through it's airings on Disney Junior, until last month, I thought that "Chuggington" was the lead character... the bright, red engine that often represents the show throughout media and merchandising.

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Last night, as a fresh blanket of snow appropriately fell from the sky here in Northern Illinois, I took my oldest Princess to our first Daddy/Daughter Dance. "Anna & Elsa's Fabulously Frozen Ball" was an experience both fantastic, and fascinating. As a Father, it was the first of many Daddy/Daughter Date Nights to come - first with Addie, and in a few years, with Little Finley. As a pop culture aficionado, it was incredible to see that a movie that hit theaters just three months ago, had already spawned a full-blown Park District production.

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THE ROCK FATHER is a PBS KIDS VIP (Very Involved Parent) BloggerToday, Theodor Suess Geisel, better-known as DR. SUESS, would've celebrated his 110th birthday. In honor of the iconic author and artist, my friends at PBS KIDS are launching a CAT-EBRATION lead by one of Suess' most-beloved characters. Tomorrow, Monday, March 3, 2014 - THE CAT IN THE HAT KNOWS A LOT ABOUT THAT! will debut an all-new, one-hour special, with additional new episodes rolling out this Tuesday and Wednesday. Check out all the details below, right here on THE ROCK FATHER...

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Sprout Kindness CrewIf you're new to THE ROCK FATHER, you might not know that I've actually written a couple of pieces for the "Parenting" section of Sproutonline, the digital extension of Sprout Channel (you can read them here and here) as a member of their "Kindness Crew." The 24-hour preschool channel has been an important part of our lives for the past four years, so it's always exciting when they have news to share, and today I have just that. Their March programming highlights begin NOW with Oscar Weekend, and wrap-up with the very-appropriate, Music Week. Take a peek at what goodies you and your little ones can enjoy together this month...

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