If you're like me, you watch whatever your child watches and you can't help but learn alongside them. But aside from the core lessons, you will probably also learn a thing or two besides what the producers had in mind, such as the following:
When I was a kid, the people on Sesame Street thought Big Bird's best friend Mr Snuffleuppagus didn't exist because he was always gone whenever they showed up. But years later, Big Bird's loyalty is rewarded because no one thinks he's crazy for having an imaginary friend anymore. Now everyone knows Snuffy!
It's hilarious when Ernie tries to get Bert to loosen up, use his imagination, and have some fun. But what's heartwarming is how they're such good friends despite their differences. A good lesson for people of all ages.
When it comes to his pet worm Slimy, Oscar doesn't seem to be the grouch we're all familiar with. At the same time, during Mother's Day, he commissioned a trio to serenade his mother. It was about rotten fish and skunk perfume, but those are probably the quickest ways to a grouch's heart. Not too grouchy after all.
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6. Celebrities love hanging out with monsters -- while teaching kids about grownup music too!
Sesame Street is filled with celebrities! They're singing, dancing, learning new words, and hugging as many monsters as they can. But what's truly awesome is when singers change the lyrics to their songs to fit the theme of the day. Because all of a sudden, your kids are listening to your jam! (PS. This is a good time to introduce them to your favorite musicians! Go do it now while you can -- read: while they're interested!)
7. People come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and accents.
What I love about Sesame Street is how inclusive they have been from the very start. It's not just the monsters that are multi-colored, but the people on the show. No racism or bigotry here.
8. Playing outside is awesome. I really wish we had more gardens and fields to play in. Watching montage after montage of kids playing on the grass, under the sun makes me wonder why we're stuck watching when we could be out there doing just that.
Sesame Street has been around forever and many changes have taken place since they first launched, but the show's staying power proves how they know the workings of a child's heart. And though knowing your numbers and letters matter a whole lot, there's so much more to learning and to being a child.
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