Open Letter to Daniel Tiger Plus a Parent Resource Guide

 

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.

 

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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.

 

Ugga Mugga,

 

A Thankful Parent

 

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31 Comments on "Open Letter to Daniel Tiger Plus a Parent Resource Guide"

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Jenna
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Hahah it’s always nice to find an activity for the little ones! This is super cute!

Corey | The Nostalgia Diaries
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My daughter loves Daniel Tiger, and I’ve always loved the positive message that it teaches children. This is a cartoon that definitely does things right!

daniella
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i think it is awesome your son has learned to express his emotions and control them!

Jasmijn Dennink
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It looks so cute and sounds very good what they do. It’s so positive! i like it 😀

Deirdre Londergan
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Love Daniel Tiger, the songs are SO helpful! My kids sing them all the time. I also have a slight obsession with Mr. Rogers. Thanks for sharing!!

Enily
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Sounds like a cool resource!

Ryan
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Never heard of this. I’ll have to save this for when it’s potty training time for my son

Jamie
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Love this post! Daniel tiger is for sure one of the less annoying options and I love that it teaches emotions. PBS for the win. Though…are they the ones who made calilou???

Emily
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Daniel tiger is BIG in our house. My mom got my son the DVD about the new baby when we were expecting his little sister. In fact, it is because of Daniel that he, and now all of us, call her “baby Hailey”….

RM
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My son loves watching Daniel Tiger and was thrills to meet him recently at a local children’s museum 🙂

Diana
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I heard great things about this show and I hope it is still around when my daughter is old enough! I love the lessons this show teaches kids!

james
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I have not heard of this cartoon before. I have been out of the cartoon game for some time haha.

Jasmine Hewitt
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I’ve heard it’s a great show but the one time I tried letting my son watch, i caught Daniel doing something kinda…questionable about showing his anger, and we never turned it back on. Maybe we will give him a second chance

Afra Said
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WE LOVE Daniel Tiger here. Sadly my son who is now 3.5 would rather watch blues clues or dora and my daughter who is almost 2 cries for Daniel. But overall it was the main cartoon they watched! We love them, its the only cartoon my kids would NOT move around and just sit still all through

Stephanie Lowry
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Okay. I am absolutely getting my kids into Daniel Tiger now! We haven’t watched it yet. Sounds amazing.

Becca Carnahan
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A book with a potty flush sound? Done and done. Thanks for sharing!

With love and understanding from the potty training trenches,
Becca

Brittany
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I ADORE Daniel Tiger. There aren’t too many kids shows I can tolerate but Daniel Tiger is amazing. We use the songs with both my 6 year old and 2.5 year old.

darla
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Love this post. My daughter watches everything princess but this is worth the try. I will try anything to get a second to eat too lol.

Bridget
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I love Daniel tiger! It is a great show for kids. Great read!

ejnosillA/RedefiningHERstory
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I love this post and I never heard of this character. I will have to pass this along to my brother for my nieces.

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