Dear Creators of Daniel Tiger,
I thank you for your contribution to mankind. From the bottom of my exhausted heart, I greatly appreciate the opportunity to occasionally shower or drink a cup of coffee. Daniel Tiger, with your help, I have even managed to eat a meal sitting down. We have high hopes over here.
And the characters are tolerable. They are kind and their voices do not sound like nails on the chalkboard like many of their counterparts, I am talking about you Dora (still a great show for kids). Ugh…The hairs on the back of my neck are rising just thinking about it.
Most of all, I thank you Daniel Tiger creators for the lessons you have taught my son. At two, he tells me, “I am frustrated, I am mad.” His ability to express himself in words rather than tantrums (which there are still many), has at least made life better.
He has also become less aggressive toward others. I would not go so far as to say he has empathy. He is two and quite frankly would be a miracle child if he was developmentally ready to share or see others outside of himself. But, he is more patient.
You have even helped my marriage. The Daniel Tiger songs have provided a common language that my husband and myself can use when communicating to our son. “When you get so mad that you want to roar, take a deep breath and count to four.” I may have even tried taking the advice to heart a bit. Where are the character development lessons for adults? After the toddler years, we are just supposed to know how to be a good person and it is tough, okay.
The potty training song has really motivated my son to take baby steps toward potty-training. This one I may have a little resentment about. It makes hand-washing a thing and I like the song, but it has become quite the public display. He wants to go potty only when we are in public and force dear mommy to sing the song loudly over and over. I should hand out earplugs upon entering the restroom. You win some, you lose some.
The inspiration for Daniel Tiger that is derived from the dear Mister Rogers warms my heart. My parents grew up with it, my husband and I grew up with it, and now my son is witnessing the truly magical nature of Mister Roger’s Neighborhood. He was such a kind soul and I have such a special place in my heart for anyone that can manage to devote their life work to children in a meaningful way. Now, Daniel Tiger has kept the message alive in a new and relevant way for children of today.
So, from moms and dads everywhere, I raise my mug in the morning and glass at night to Daniel Tiger.
A Thankful Parent
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