What Adults Can Learn from Watching Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood

If you do not have a child, you have probably not heard of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood. The show is a spin-off of Mister Roger’s Neighborhood, which was a long-running family-oriented TV series hosted by Fred Rogers. It is a great educational show for toddlers for a variety of reasons.  Both of my children watch/have watched this show. Having it on as background noise over the last 5 years, I started to realize that the lessons taught in the show, are good reminders for us as adults.

(Song lyrics from the show are in italics)  

  1. New Experiences Just like children, adults can experience new things that make them nervous: i.e white coat syndrome.

This is the doctor’s office song

A visit to the doctor will keep you strong

So come with us and sing sing sing along

Healthy eyes so you can see

See see see what’s in front of me

Healthy throat and healthy ears

So you can sing and you can hear

So visit your doctor every year


A friend will listen if you need them to

If you want to ask questions they will be there for you

To help you through sad times

When you just want to cry


When you’re sad there’s something you can try

When you want to know how or why

Ask questions about what happened

It might help


It can be hard when you don’t understand

But friends and neighbors can lend a hand

And answer questions that you have

You may not feel as bad


  1. Mad Feelings Just like children, adults get mad and have trouble with self-control.

When you feel so mad

That you want to roar

Take a deep breath

And count to four

One, two, three, four


It’s good to know that you can stop

When you’re about to do something wrong

When you find yourself getting so so mad

Try to remember this song

Stop stop stop

It’s okay to feel angry

It’s not not not

Okay to hurt someone


  1. Friendship Just like children, adults have trouble listening to each other, working together to solve a problem, or expressing their feelings.

Find a way to play together

And find a way to share with each other

Playing is great

Playing together is so much better

Find a way to play together


Friends help each other

Yes they do

Friends help each other

Yes they do

Even if you can do it by yourself

It’s much more fun when friends can help

Friends help each other

Yes they do, it’s true


  1. Disappointment Just like children, adults feel disappointments often. Sometimes anticipations can exceed the celebration, leaving us sad, angry, or disappointed.

It’s okay to make mistakes

Try to fix them and learn from them, too


Things may change and that’s okay

Today we can do things a different way

Every morning I eat the same food

But this time I’ll try something new

Things may change and that’s okay

Today we can do things a different way


Our family’s growing, we’re as happy as can be

Cause our new baby means more love in our family

But sometimes you might think there’s not time enough for you

There is time for you and our baby too


  1. Alike and Different Just like children, adults notice people and objects that are not like them or not like what they are used to.

You can change your hair or what you wear

But no matter what you do, you’re still you


What will they be like and who will they be?

Will our new neighbors have a friend for me?

New neighbors are coming to our neighborhood

Let’s tell everyone, this will be good


In some ways we are different

But in so many ways, we are the same


  1. Persistence Just like children, adults do not always succeed in everything they try.

Do your best

Your best is the best for you


Try it little by little

Cause it might seem so so tough

Yes you can do it right

If you try enough

If something seems hard to do

Try it a little bit at a time

A little bit little bit at a time

It might seem scary

And too hard to do

Try it little by little

And it might surprise you


  1. Use Your Words Just like children, adults do not always express themselves appropriately with their words.

Use your words, use your words

Use your words and say how you feel

Most problems can be solved

When you use your words

So use your words and say how you feel

Use your words, use your words


  1. Confidence

You’re so special

Cause you’re the only you

So celebrate the things

That you can do

While these lyrics may seem “childlike” – sometimes it’s just that simple to solve a problem or fix a feeling. The show is about helping children to understand practical life skills and learn to express their emotions in a healthy way – let’s face it, we adults can use those reminders, too.

Erika Lockhart
My name is Erika Lockhart and I am married to my husband, Chris. We have two children - Zane (7) and Finnley (2). We also have one 4 – legged child - Nelson a mixed breed rescue and a tarantula named Twitch. I was born and raised in Harvey, LA but now live in Metairie. I am a full time employee for a healthcare consulting company where I lead the Primary Care Provider engagement efforts from my home office here in NOLA. My husband is the owner and director of Clockwork Performance - A strength and performance gym in Kenner, LA. Odd facts about me - I love watching Judge Judy, I want to be on jury duty as much as possible, I have an obsession with mayonnaise and my dream job is to be a private investigator!


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