If you’ve ever sat and watched Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood with your kid, and thought to yourself, There’s no way Mom Tiger is always that calm and collected!, you’ll soon be rejoicing.
After receiving more than a few complaints from moms everywhere, the creator behind the popular kids’ show, told the writers to produce a more realistic episode.
“Parents wrote in demanding to see a truer reflection of themselves; a flawed parent who sometimes makes mistakes and loses his/her temper,” the executive producer explained. “No parent is perfect, and just as all kids can push those imperfect parents to the edge, four-year-old Daniel would logically be doing the same to his mom and dad. I want a show to depict that, instead of everything being sunshine and roses, ending with hugs, kisses, and a kumbaya type song. In reality, some families conclude their day with the theme song “Crazy Train” playing and I wanted that to be seen.”
Before it airs next month, we received a synopsis for the show, which will be titled, “Daniel Won’t Stay in Bed”.
The episode will begin with a similar sequence of events to a previous one, with Daniel going to bed, singing, close to 500 times, the order of steps he has to take in the bedtime routine. After the story and song, Mom and Dad Tiger give Daniel a kiss, walk out, and exchange excited looks. (In a normal plot for the show, that’s when Daniel would sleepily say, “Ugga Mugga”, and everything would be nicely wrapped up with sweet song, from the pantless cub, about good feelings.) Not so with this one.
After Mom and Dad walk away, expressions of success on their faces, Daniel’s door slowly opens.
He creeps into the living room, where his parents just started to get comfortable, and asks for water. Dad Tiger takes him back. He returns to ask for a different blanket. Mom Tiger gets it. He then yells from his bedroom that he can’t find Tigey, his favorite stuffed animal. Mom Tiger finds it. Daniel follows that, by crying to Dad Tiger about seeing a monster on the wall. Dad explains shadows, and the two share a short chuckle, before using the potty one more time. Meanwhile, back in the living room, Mom Tiger is sipping on “water”, looking irritated. The patience is gone. She’s about to snap if he makes another demand….
Which he does.
Mom slams her “water” down on the table and stomps loudly into Daniel’s room. “YOU’RE SUPPOSE TO BE SLEEPING!!” She shouts at him. “ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! You’ve had your water! You’ve peed again! You have Tigey! NOW GO TO SLEEP!!!!! I NEED SOME TIME ALONE AND YOU’RE CUTTING INTO THAT!!!!” A few, deep breaths are taken before she says, with a controlled calmness, “Now…I.Love.You.Stay.In.Bed.And.I’ll.See.You.In.The.Morning.” When she walks back into the other room, she says to Dad Tiger, “If your kid gets out of bed again, please deal with it, before the last shred of sanity, I have left, is gone!”
The cartoon ends with a little jingle from Dad:
If you don’t want your parents to go cray,
At bedtime, in your bed, is where you should stay!
The “perfect” parents, who are usually quick to judge and scorn others, when mistakes and tragedies occur, are already criticizing the soon-to-air episode. “I would never lose my temper and yell at my kid,” one mother confessed. “Even if my angel took an hour to get to sleep, and I wasn’t able to watch the newest Bachelorette, I’d still have a smile on my face. We only have this short window with our snowflakes. No, I won’t be watching this one and will be forming a petition soon. New moms and dads should only watch the shows where Mom and Dad Tiger keep it together the entire time. When you know better, you do better.”
The majority of parents are excited, however, and that’s good enough for the show’s creator. He’s already reported that if this does well, another, in the works right now, will be on, titled, “Daniel Asks to Eat Pasta, Then Proclaims He Hates it, and Throws His Plate.” Stay tuned!