It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood when my two and a half year old listens, follows directions, says please and thank you, shares, takes turns and is just an overall pleasure to be around. While her father and I would love to take all of the credit for how well-behaved and mannerly our little girl can be, we most certainly couldn’t do it without our neighborhood friends, Daniel Tiger, his family and friends.
Each morning, since Quinn was a baby, I’ve been playing a little mood music while we eat breakfast and get started with the day. About a month ago, I purchased Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Life’s Little Lessons from iTunes since she enjoys watching the show from time to time. This is one of the best purchases I’ve made for her because she will not only request that we play Daniel Tiger music, but she will sing along with the songs and even apply some of the principles mentioned in the songs.
When we are playing together or she’s playing with other children, she’ll say, “We have to share and play together! That’s what Daniel Tiger says.” Then she will follow through and share with whoever she’s playing with. Or when she needs to go to the bathroom, even in stores, she sings, “When you have to go potty, stop and go right away!” Then we are off to the restroom. I’ve even got her to try a few new foods as a result of listening to the song, “Try a New Food. It Might Taste Good.” Also, if I’m being honest, many of the songs address issues not just children but adults too, like anger issues. “When you’re feeling mad, and you want to roar, take a deep breath, and count to four!” Every once in a while, I find myself counting to four to relax, and it works!
What would we do without Daniel Tiger? He’s always welcome in our neighborhood!
All the best,