It’s common knowledge that my day is spent around toddlers. With that comes their programming. Recently, Tyler has been enjoying Daniel Tiger shows. The more I listen to his catchy little phrases, the more I realize all I need to know about being a kind and good person, I could learn from Daniel Tiger. This little Tiger, and the lessons the adults around him provide, are pretty darn smart (and the catchy tunes sure do make these lessons stick). Maybe it’s the fact I’ve heard them all a billion times, but I think there is something from Daniel Tiger for all of us!
If you don’t have kids, let me share with you so helpful insights from this small cute feline:
- “When your sick, rest is best.” What adult doesn’t run themselves ragged. We are trying to be the best at everything. We live in a world that tells us to go, go, go. This little tiger’s dad was so smart when he taught Daniel the lesson that sometimes we have to slow down. I’d say sick or tired, we should follow this advice and take a nap or two if we need it!
- “When there’s something you need, try to do it yourself.” How many customer support people out there wish adults learned this skill little Tigey was singing about? How many adults still don’t know how to do certain things themselves? Have that one friend always calling in for favors instead of attempting to “do it themselves?” I think Daniel Tiger’s lesson is powerful. Sometimes you gotta put on your big girl panties and put in a little effort. Tiger learns that sometimes if you just persist, you won’t need to call in that favor… or maybe even pay for a repair man because you realize you can look it up on YouTube and “do it yourself!”
- If something seems hard to do, try it a little bit at a time. How many times do adults give up? When the going gets rough not everyone can stick it out. What a wonderful idea from this feline tot. Yes Daniel, I will take this huge task and break it up into smaller tasks I can complete that won’t submerge me into feelings of anxiety. This can be true of anything in our adult life: the budget, the new skill we want to learn but are too overwhelmed to try.
- When you’re frustrated, take a step back and ask for help. Just as it’s important to try to do things yourself, it’s also important to know when to ask for help. As adults we struggle with asking for help. Whether it’s our fear of looking incompetent or the frustration that just makes us give up instead, Daniel’s lesson is powerful. It’s okay to ask for help when the going gets rough. When you’re overloaded at work, when things at home get to be too much, follow Daniel and turn to someone and say, “I need some help.”
- Whatever you do, think about what other people need too. Who doesn’t know someone who needs this lesson? That bossy person in the office stepping on toes… the member of the household who seems to have a case of the “me..me.me’s.” Daniel’s lesson is much more than the tots version of sharing. Daniel learns you aren’t a lone planet orbiting around. There are many people (or furry friends if you’re Daniel) sharing one space and a kind person will account for not only themselves. Whether that’s your noise level, your use of resources, or just how you hold yourself, remembering others is a lesson that will take you far in life!
- Do You’re Best. You’re best is the best for you! How often as adults are we comparing ourselves to others? I know I’m guilty of it. We covet the killer body of the person next to us at the gym. We envy our friends amazing cooking skills or artistic ability. Daniel’s lesson is a reminder of something I already knew, but needed a refresher… we are each the best version of a masterpiece God created. Who wants a bunch of people who are all the same? Instead, we were given the talents that were best for us. So each thing we give our all to is our best. As long as we give it our all, we should focus on what’s best for us. I know I will remind myself of this next time I’m racing in a 5k. I’m never gonna win that race, but I can keep working on my own personal bests and that’s just fine for me!
It’s no surprise this creation from Mr. Rodger’s network has some great life advice! He may be small, but Daniel Tiger really has life lessons for all!