Everyone debates whether TV or screen time is good for children.
I believe it depends on what your children watch and if you talk to them during the program. Interaction is important for children who’re learning new words and social skills.
It’s important to follow the story line and see what your children can learn from it.
Daniel Tiger is a great example of “good screen.” Why? Your children learn everything from how to deal with emotions to learning how to use the potty in the episodes.
Another great thing about Daniel Tiger is that the show has a song for EVERYTHING! It’s easy to incorporate these songs into your daily routine.
“When you feel so mad that you want to ROAR, take a deep breath and count to four. 1, 2, 3, 4.”
“When you’re feeling frustrated, take a step back and ask for help.”
“Grownups come back. Grownups come back. Grownups come back to you.”
Use Your Words
“Use your words. Use your words.”
“When you have to go potty, STOP and go right away. Flush and wash and be on your way.”
Clean Up Routine
“Clean up, pick up, put away, clean up every day!”
Trying New Food
“You’ve got to try new food because it might taste good!”
“Keep trying; you’ll get better.”
When you wait, you can play, sing or imagine anything.”
Daniel Tiger is more than just another TV show. It helps children, as well as parents, learn new ways to cope with everyday challenges in the early years.
So next time you’re surfing through the channels, look for Daniel Tiger on PBS. I promise you won’t regret it.