Daniel Tiger reminders (for adults)

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All too often, Daniel Tiger will be on, even if it's just for background noise/songs, and I'll be nodding my head like, THAT MAKES SO MUCH SENSE. And, I wonder if the people who make Daniel Tiger episodes know that the lessons taught are pretty awesome reminders for parents - and adults, in general.

It's OK to make mistakes...try to fix them, and learn from them, too. We're all human, after all. But, we can always be better humans.

Let's countdown...to calm down. Chill out.

When you wait, you can play, sing or imagine anything. Supermarket line too long? Doctor running behind? Had to go to the DMV? Imagine you're somewhere else or play a people-watching game. In other words...see above and sing the countdown song.

If you have to go potty - STOP - and go right away! Why are adults always the ones to be like, "I've had to go to the bathroom for the last 15 minutes!" ?? JUST.GO. It's nature and when it calls, it needs to be answered.

Think about how someone else is feeling...maybe you can help them feel better. Empathy. Adults need more empathy.

In some ways we are different...but in so many ways...we are the same. See above. Tolerance for differences is something I think we lose as we get older and possibly more bitter. To be clear, tolerance does not mean letting people treat you poorly. Instead, being tolerant of people who live differently, look differently, etc.

When you're sick, rest is best. You know that person that shows up to the office when they're coughing up a lung and their nose is red and running nonstop? AKA The Office Martyr? They need to be resting at home. If that's you...GO HOME.

You can change your hair, or what you wear, but no matter what you do - you're still you. DO YOU BOO. It's what's inside that matters most.

If you can't do it alone, work together. Teamwork makes the dream work. It's not a sign of weakness to ask for help at home or at work. I think it's a sign of intelligence. Because...friends help each other, yes they do - it's trueeee.

Thank you...for everything you do. Be grateful.

I could go on and on and on. Honestly, if I still worked a desk job, I would print out these Daniel Tiger ditties and tack them up in my cubicle for myself and everyone who would come to talk to me because I'm more fun than working to read.

That's not a bad idea, is it?! Feel free to steal it.