The holidays mean the return of “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” and “Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown.” And these holiday specials don’t just bring nostalgia, the Peanuts gang can also teach parents a lot. Who better to learn from than the kids who have been kids for more than 70 years?
These are some of the lessons we can learn fromCharlie Brownand his friends:
- Having a pet builds character- Sure, having a dog likeSnoopywith alter-egos like a WWI pilot and Joe Cool is a little different than your average pet, but he does make Charlie Brown’s childhood more entertaining.
- Sometimes dinner is popcorn and jelly beans- It’s all the Peanuts kids and Snoopy could manage at their Thanksgiving dinner and some nights all you can manage is Cheerios and apple slices and there’s nothing wrong with that!
- You’re never too old for a blanket-Linus’blanket isn’t just calming and cuddly, it’s a useful tool. He uses it to reach things, throw and catch, proving you never outgrow your comfort objects, you just find new ways to use them.
- Sometimes the only way to win is not to play- Like when you’re trying to talk your toddler out of a meltdown or getting caught up in the mommy wars or even playing football withLucy.
- Your mental health is important- Talking to a therapist can be helpful, but you’re probably better off with a legit one and not a kid at a lemonade stand-style office.
- Don’t give up when life hands you a rock- Charlie Brown was handed several rocks while trick-or-treating and we’ve all had one of those days before, but the key is to keep going and not to let it get you down.
- Sometimes your kids won’t hear what you’re saying- Just like the adults in the Peanuts cartoons, your kids may just hear “wah wah wah” instead of what you’re trying to tell them.
- Let your kids express themselves however they want- If your daughter wants to be called “sir” likePeppermint Patty,let them go for it!
- Love is enough to help little things flourish- It may seem impossible, but a little love can go a long way to build up a small child or a tiny tree like Linus’.