Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood

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It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood
A beautiful day for a neighbor
Would you be mine
Could you be mine
Won’t you be my neighbor

These lyrics sound familiar? If you’re a product of the 80’s, you might have watched Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood on PBS in the mornings. It was a great show with good messages without being overly preachy. Well Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood is a modern-day spin off of that show in cartoon form. The characters are based off of the puppets from “The Land of Make Believe”.  I discovered this series while flipping through Netflix titles and since that fateful day, we’ve been watching it every morning. Every. Morning.

The word “Daniel” is used very cautiously in our household. For some reason our daughter expects the television to be on Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood 24/7. Even as I’m writing this post the theme song is swimming in my head. Might I also add that I know pretty much all the songs in every episode? Granted, it does teach valuable lessons, some of which I think adults could take a few pointers (ie: “When you feel frustrated, take a step back and ask for help). Ava will sit on her potty while singing the potty song, though she has yet to go in it. It’s taught her to love brushing her teeth and washing her hands (with a song of course). I’m not one to stick her in front of the TV but with all this terrible weather and a recent cold spell, going outside isn’t such a great idea.

Now that the songs are ingrained into my brain, I’ll often find myself humming the songs subconsciously while cooking or even driving. I’m even considering doing a Daniel-themed birthday party for Ava’s 2nd birthday. We’ll see. I admit, it’s a cute show…but sometimes I just want to bang my head against the wall from seeing it so many times.

Aaaaannnnddd she just saw me insert the image of Daniel into this post and now it’s “DAAAAAAAAANIEEEELLL!!!!” Oh boy.