Have you ever found yourself drawn into TV for preschoolers, like a Sesame Street episode â€” mesmerized by the art of the â€œedutainmentâ€ of young children? More than once in my book. Move over, kiddo, this is intriguing! Most recently, in our home… it has been Daniel Tigerâ€™s Neighborhood that has been distracting me from cleaning up after breakfast.
Moms of kids ages 1-99 …this is a PBS Kids show worthy of much praise. Daniel Tigerâ€™s Neighborhood is targeted at preschool-aged children, and is based on the Neighborhood of Make-Believe from Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, the long-running family-oriented television series created and hosted by Fred Rogers.
Firstly, what I love about Daniel Tiger are the relevant themes related to family issues, potty-training, relationships, overcoming fear and learning new things. Secondly, the music is incredible. Every episode incorporates short, simple and amazingly catchy tunes â€” jingles, that solidify the learning and stick with you throughout the day. I find myself singing Daniel Tiger songs a lot! Thirdly, this is a show that actually can entertain more than just the toddler. Even though Daniel Tiger is a 3-year-old Tiger boy who loves to play with trucks…my 2, 5, 7 and 9 year-old girls can watch for an hour.
And the best part of all, is when our toddler throws a fit later in the day…the older girls turn around and sing their Daniel Tiger tuneâ€¦ “When you feel so mad that you want to roar, take a deep breath and count to four.”
So, forget about those breakfast dishes, moms. Sit down and enjoy some Daniel Tiger this week. My guess is you will walk away with a clever jingle that might even help you parent a little better!
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