Well, it turns out that the little life lessons in Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood are useful not only for my two and five year old daughters, but for me. The other day when my two year old caught me "making a mad face" for one of the innumerable moments that can go wrong in any parent's day, she looked at me very seriously and said in her best imitation of a grown-up voice, "Now, Mommy."
And then she broke into the Daniel Tiger song, "When you feel so mad, that you want to roar, take a deep breath, and count to four." And as she puffed up her chest, she put her little hand in the air and continued, "1, 2, 3, 4."
I have to say, it worked like a charm. Whether I should be worried that I'm getting anger management lessons from my two year old is another story, but regardless, the end result is we were both smiling and had successfully avoided a potentially unpleasant moment in our day.
This is why I love Daniel Tiger. Although I know it's geared for two to four year olds in particular, it is turning out to be a terrific television show for my spirited 5 1/2 year old drama queen HJ as well. Or as I explained above, it's turning out to be rather useful for a stressed out mom who's dealing with the daily tantrums and anxieties (the kids' and mine!) that come along with parenthood.
So here are some of our other "most valuable" life lessons the kids and I have gathered from Daniel Tiger so far. Let me know if I've missed any of your favorites!