How “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood” Can Help Parents and Grandparents

At a recent family reunion, I chatted with my sister-in-law while our kids played around us. The conversation turned to “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood,” which celebrates 10 years on the air this year.

She described an experience at the playground with her daughter: “It was time to leave, and I was dreading my daughter’s response. So I sang, ‘It’s almost time to stop, so choose one more thing to do.’ I really didn’t expect it to work. But she said, ‘I choose the slide,’ went down it once, took my hand, and walked with me to the car. I was floored.”

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood” is purposefully and intentionally designed to help not just children but all of the caring adults in a child’s life. That’s why I’m quick to recommend it to parents, grandparents, and early childhood educators. The show helps young kids develop life skills, but it also equips adults with simple strategies that help kids thrive.

Here are three ways caregivers can use “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood” to support kids.