I really wish I could tell you that I break into song every time the mail arrives just like Steve from Blue’s Clues does. But well, I don’t. And I’d love to say that when one of my daughters has a problem, my usual response is to cheerfully chant, “When you have a problem, we look…in a book!” just like my characters from Super Why. But no, I don’t do that either. So,what do I do? And what have I learned from writing, like 250 preschool episodes for television?
Seriously. Singing anything. In Blue’s Clues we even sing when the mail comes. Because, well, mail is exciting when you are four! And truthfully, most mail is exciting. It’s like a little surprise present. Singing about it makes it celebratory.
So why not sing about other things? Sing when we are cleaning up (Preschool teachers have been doing this forever!). Sing when we are sad (Hello, Taylor Swift?). Sing when we are excited (“I’m so excited! And I just can’t hide it!”). Sing when things don’t go our way (“You Can’t Always Get What you Want”).