Looking through my “draft posts” for this blog I found another one that I started but stopped and did not finish. Here is what I found.
OK, here goes nothing. I am blogging about an episode of Daniel Tigers Neighborhood. Yep, here it goes.
For those unaware, Daniel Tigers Neighborhood is a “remake” of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. Aaron loves the show and for 99.9% of the time I love it as well.
I stopped mid paragraph and closed out the post and moved on with my day. Why?
Let me tell you why.
Because I was about to explain a Daniel Tiger show where they talk about “Grownups always come back.” In the episode it is talking about being left at school or daycare and how your parents will always come back to get you so not to be afraid. I love the idea. I am sure it has helped a lot of parents and children in the scary moments of separation.
But I remember watching that show initially and Aaron was enthralled. He was right there loving the music, the characters the WHOLE bit. And I sat there knowing that it wasn’t necessarily true. I write that and I think to myself, Alyssa do NOT bash Daniel Tigers Neighborhood. Please know that is not my intention but my perspective was that this fact was not always true and it broke my heart.
Early on after I saw this, I would drop Aaron off at daycare I would head to work and while in the car driving to work I got my BEST thinking done. I also got out a lot of anger I did not want people to see or hear. I remember one morning after watching this show, Aaron in good hands at daycare, I screamed the whole way to work that it wasn’t always true. It was true for most but not all. Not my son. And that made me angry. So angry.
In hindsight and with a TON more perspective I sit here and can say it calmly. Not accusing anyone of not seeing our side on this topic but hoping to help people understand how it impacted me.
This is not the only show that impacted me this way.
My blog is not meant to change people’s minds on anything. I have said from the beginning my hope is to understand and be understood. That is my wish.