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9 Parenting Lessons I’ve Learned From My Kids TV Shows

9 Parenting Lessons I've Learned From My Kids TV ShowsThere is no handbook when it comes to raising your kids, though sometimes I wish there was.

Sure, there are self-help books and books from experts who claim to know what they’re talking about, but sometimes you get some great parenting lessons through places you never thought you would.

Over the years I have been subjected to all kinds of kid TV shows and for the most part they are far more entertaining to the kids than they are to the parents.  Some shows are just painful for adults to watch and some shows —  you find unexpected parenting lessons mixed between the strange kid situations and crazy songs or learn something about kids you may find useful later.

Click through to read 9 lessons I’ve learned through watching my kids TV shows:

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  • Caillou 1 of 9
    Caillou
    Oh Caillou -- does any parent like him? This show has taught me that my kids are going to whine and I am going to be driven near-crazy by it, but I will still be expected to keep my cool.
    Visit Caillou's website
    Photo credit: ((brian))/Flickr
  • The Fresh Beat Band 2 of 9
    The Fresh Beat Band
    A band of four who go around singing lessons has taught me that if I sing it, my kids will remember it and follow through. Kids hold on to instructions if they rhyme too.
    Visit The Fresh Beat Band's website
    Photo credit: kamalaboulhosn/Flickr
  • Dora the Explorer 3 of 9
    Dora the Explorer
    Repeat, repeat, repeat. Dora has taught me that if I need my kids to remember something I have to repeat it... again and again and again. Not only that,, but kids will get on your nerves with the things they will tell you over and over again.
    Visit Dora the Explorer's website
    Photo credit: mikemccaffrey/Flickr
  • Max & Ruby 4 of 9
    Max & Ruby
    Where are the parents, serioulsy? What this show has taught me is that kids are much better at being independent than I thought and the bond between siblings is important.
    Visit Max & Ruby's website
    Photo credit: Kid's Birthday Parties/Flickr
  • Go, Diego, Go 5 of 9
    Go, Diego, Go
    Diego gets into trouble all over the place. One lesson I've learned is that no matter how much you think your kids have something down, they have the potential to find trouble everywhere.
    Visit Go, Diego, Go's website
    Photo credit: miguelphotobooth/Flickr
  • The Wiggles 6 of 9
    The Wiggles
    These guys are my favorite and who knew grown men would be so great as the stars of a kids show? The lesson I learned through watching this show is that kids love when you get silly and it's important to meet them where they are, not the other way around.
    Visit Go, Diego, Go's website
    Photo credit: RubyGoes/Flickr
  • The Octonauts 7 of 9
    The Octonauts
    Adventure after adventure, these guys have taught me that the best way my kids retain information is though exploring rather than telling. If you take the time to show them -- they will hold that info much more than telling them.
    Visit The Octonauts's website
    Photo credit: jeremytarling/Flickr
  • Harry and His Bucket Full of Dinosaurs 8 of 9
    Harry and His Bucket Full of Dinosaurs
    A boy who loves to play with his bucket of dinosaurs and jumps in to play in their world. I learned just how important jumping into their imaginary world is too.
    Visit Harry and His Bucket Full of Dinosaurs's website
    Photo credit: simspear/Flickr
  • Yo Gabba Gabba 9 of 9
    Yo Gabba Gabba
    Just when you think you've got kids figured out this kid show tells a new lesson: Kids are weirder than we ever realized.
    Visit Yo Gabba Gabba's website
    Photo credit: jamieanne/Flickr

Photo credit: adapted from iStockPhoto

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