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August 18, 2014

Five Reasons Why We Love Daniel Tiger

First of all, let me say...the number one reason we love Daniel Tiger is because he is responsible for potty training our oldest. I may be exaggerating a tad, but not really...."When you have to go potty - STOP - and go right away..." You know that one, too? Glad I'm in good company! ;-)

In addition to Daniel being a great potty coach, there are a few other reasons why we love the show. At least in the episodes we've seen (and I think we've seen them all...multiple times over), we've noticed a few things, and today, I want to share with you five reasons why we love Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood on PBS.

Daniel Tiger
Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood: PBS

2. We love the interaction between mom & dad! Yes, I realize we are talking about cartoon characters here. But in all seriousness, there seems to be a mutual respect between the parents, and this is not something that is commonly portrayed in most television shows.

3. Speaking of respect, I love that respect is encouraged in the child-parent/child-adult relationships on the show. Kindness...Patience...Understanding...Empathy...also common themes.

4. Throughout each episode, good behavior is rewarded and bad behavior is not. As much as I love some of the other cute shows out there, I have noticed that oftentimes, characters get away with negative choices...or are rewarded even when they make wrong choices. This doesn't seem to be the case with D.T.

5. I love that good habits are encouraged - hand washing, cleaning up, taking initiative, being active/productive, trying new foods, getting checkups at the doctor, etc. All things that we emphasize at home.

You may think I'm digging a tad too deep in to a little cartoon that my child enjoys, but with all of the crummy junk that's on tv these days (yes, I place many cartoons in that category), I think it's important to point out the positives when we see them!

Did you know that Daniel Tiger is gaining a tiger sibling today?

Let's throw a baby shower! C'mon! It'll be fun.

P.S. Do you think his mom is planning to get an epidural?

(Please excuse such a weird question. What do you expect? I spend my free time with cartoon tigers.)

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