Peppa Pig is a cheerful children's TV show with 5 minute episodes featuring the lives and adventures of Peppa Pig, her brother George, Mummy Pig and Daddy Pig. Whilst likely not the first viewing choice of parents once their kids are tucked up in bed, there's some surprisingly accurate parenting tips from this cute family of pigs. Whilst I don't avocate going around snorting like the parental piggies, there's definitely some concepts that should be recreated in every family.
The Pig Family
A childhood should be spent jumping in muddy puddles
The favourite pastime of Peppa Pig and her family is to jump in muddy puddles. Rather than puddles being seen as messy, or something to steer clear of, the Pig family actively encourage their children to be children, and to get thoroughly muddy and messy in the process. What's more, the parents often join in with their kids and have a lot of fun too, by jumping in the muddle puddles with wild abandon, and getting childlike. Let's face it, life can be pretty darn serious, so let's follow the example of Peppa and George's parents, and once in a while go for a jump in a muddle puddle with the kids.
Photo; Baldborris, Wikipedia
Listen to the fears of your children, and conquer them together
No matter how busy Mummy Pig and Daddy Pig get, they still make time to listen to the fears and concerns of their children and whether big or small, the parents don't brush them off, they try to get to the root of the issue and solve them together. Whether Peppa is scared of a thunderstorm, or finding a friend for her goldfish her parents make the time to listen to her fears, and then they set about collectively tackling the issues as a family. By listening to your children when they are young, they'll be more likely to convey more serious concerns to you when they are older and these are the ones that you'll need to know about and act on.
Role model the behaviours that you want to see in your child
If you want to raise a kind child, then you need to role model these behaviours yourself as a parent. Mummy and Daddy Pig are raising responsible and kind hearted children, and they do this by ensuring that they too are kind adults. They make a point of visiting family and friends, saying hello to people they encounter on the way. In the episode of the Biggest Muddle Puddle, the Peppa Pig family help all of their neighbours get food and provisions during the great flood. By children seeing the way that their parents interact with others, they are learning by example about the types of kindness and interpersonal skills that they too can develop.
It's good to laugh with your children
Almost every episode of Peppa Pig finishes with the whole family flat on their back laughing their socks off. Whilst it might not be an everyday occurence in your family, sometimes there is nothing quite so cathartic as having a good old giggle with your kids, and if you end up flat on your back roaring with laughter, so much the better.
Enjoy your children
Even though Daddy Pig works very hard in an office, and Mummy Pig runs the busy household, the family still make time to have fun together, planning and going on outings, excursions and holidays. Spending time together as a family is invaluable. It cements the family bond, builds self esteem in children and deepens the meaning of what a family stands for. Whether it's simply sharing a dinner together, or having a whole day of fun as a family, it's an important time to reconnect and something that should be done regularly.
Peppa Pig in person
Have you ever observed a great parenting lesson from a cartoon?