“When you feel so mad that you want to roar, take a deep breath, and count to four.” Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood
Those are the words that my husband, Kenny, sang to our two year old, Cecelia, over the weekend at lunchtime. She immediately stopped her tantrum and a smile lit up her beautiful face. I immediately thought, Wow! That’s brilliant! This isn’t the first time we have used songs from Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood to help out our two toddlers. There is also a song about sharing that’s another favorite.
A toddler tantrum can be stressful and wearing, but it can also turn into a joyous moment when you help it become a learning experience for both you and your child. Cecelia learned how to calm down and eat lunch peacefully. The song was also a good reminder to Kenny and me that even though these moments can be challenging, we can learn to be patient and find the joy.
What have you learned from your toddlers and what are you trying to help them with when it comes to their emotions?
Our girls enjoy the splash pad and riding/pushing their car in the backyard. Pure joy!