Daniel Tiger is one of the few shows that I absolutely love and feel 95% comfortable with. (The 5% that I don't really care for are the shows on vaccinations - but hey, for the kids that get shots, those shows are awesome!!)
Anyway, this morning was in a bit of a lull, and we had an hour until lunch time, so I decided that Q could watch an episode of Daniel Tiger.
I randomly picked an episode for him and got it all set up on the iPad. Then I walked into the kitchen to unload the dishwasher. I was listening to the show while I was working, and the whole theme of the one he was watching was about managing anger.
The first thing that stood out to me was how well Daniel's mom validated his feelings when he felt mad. The second thing that stood out was the way she handled his anger. Instead of reprimanding her son for not handling his anger the right way, she said "It's okay to be angry." and then she proceeded to show him an awesome way to handle our feelings when we feel angry. She sang "When you feel so mad that you want to roar, take a deep breath and count to four! 1, 2, 3, 4!"
Aside from the example that Daniel Tiger's mom sets for me, I just love that this show approaches every day situations with love and grace instead of anger and violence. It's a great reminder that kids are humans too, and that they deserve to be treated with just as much respect as you'd treat any adult with.
I'm happy that Qoheleth and Junia can watch a fun show and learn profitable things. And I'm super glad that I can learn from them too. No matter if you're a toddler or a mom of 2, we can all learn a thing or two on handling our anger from Daniel Tiger.
"When you feel so mad that you want to roar, take a deep breath and count to four! 1, 2, 3, 4!"
And let's be honest, sometimes all the strength we have left for learning is so little, that it's just gotta come from a place like our kid's cartoons. No shame, mama. No shame.