What does it mean to be a good neighbor? One of the fundamental skills involved is kindness. Kindness can be taught in many ways beginning at the youngest ages but it also needs to be modeled by adults and reinforced in a variety of different ways.
Daniel Tiger Neighbor Days encourages you and your family to do a good dead and pass it on. Pick up or download a Daniel Tiger Neighbor Days card to help spread the message to your neighbors at any of the following WPBS Kids events or the WPBS Studio located at 1056 Arsenal Street in Watertown.
Upload a video of your good deed to our Facebook page or tweet your stories and photos to: #bemyneighbor @WPBSTV. Looking for ideas? WPBS provides the following suggestions for families to help teach children kindness while getting to know your neighbors and neighborhood better:
- Donate a used sweater at one of our children's events.
- Help your neighbor with chores, ask if you can help with groceries, mow their lawn or even walk their dog.
- Invite some friends for a neighborhood game day and have them bring their favorite game. Things like flying kites, playing hopscotch, and jumping rope are always better with friends.
- Have a potluck at a park or central location to spend some time getting to know each other and having a face to face conversation.
- Create a sidewalk chalk art murals where everyone gets to exercise artistic abilities to make your neighborhood a little more colorful.
- Arrange a neighborhood book swap/swap meet to share your family's favorite books with others.
- Play the Make a Card game on PBSKids.org. This interactive game gives children a way to create a card for someone they care about and helps them know that everyone in the world, young and old, is a giver and a receiver.
The Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood parents site also has a lot of good advice from Mister Rogers, including an article on Fred Rogers wisdom on making friends and an article by PBS Parents about helping your child make new friends.
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