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The Tao Of Big Bird: 5 Things Sesame Street Taught Us

Sesame Street premiered on PBS on this day in 1969.

 

Deal With The Hard Stuff, Even When You Don't Want To

Classic Sesame Street - Big Bird learns what it means when someone dies. (R.I.P. Mr. Hooper)

Big Bird learns what death is about. I DO NOT OWN ANY RIGHTS TO THIS VIDEO! All rights reserved goes to: Children's Television Workshop (1969--2000) Sesame Workshop (2000--present) Lionsgate (2010) "Copyright Disclaimer Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976, allowance is made for -fair use- for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research.

Many people don't deal with their emotions very well these days, especially when it comes to grief. Sesame Street taught us that things can be hard, but we've got to face them head on, and learn to heal from them.

 

Knowing When To Pick Your Battles

Classic Sesame Street - That's What Friends Are For

From Season 14, Ernie tells Bert that he forgot to put his toys away, but Bert tells him that he can just put them away in the morning, since it's late. Ernie sings a song about how nice it is when Bert doesn't mind it when he makes a mistake.

In this particular clip, Ernie talks about being friends and not minding eachother's likes - even if they dislike what their friends do. Sometimes people need to do more of that. But, I would suggest not busting into songs when someone's trying to sleep.

 

Believing In Yourself

Sesame Street - Ray Charles "Believe In Yourself"

Great way to celebrate a New Year, huh?

A lot of the best appearances of Sesame Street were musical guests, but songs like "Believe In Yourself," with Ray Charles. The lesson was sharing that they should be able to be what you want to be and do what you want to do. A lesson we sorely need these days.

 

Admitting That Everyone Gets Scared

Sesame Street: James Gandolfini Talks About Feeling Scared

James Gandolfini talks to Zoe about how to calm down when you feel scared. Subscribe to the Sesame Street Channel here: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=SesameStreet For more fun games and videos for your preschooler in a safe, child-friendly environment, visit us at http://www.sesamestreet.org Sesame Street is a production of Sesame Workshop, a nonprofit educational organization.

James Gandolfini talks with Zoe about being scared, and that everyone gets scared. And he even shares his "fears" with her - but to the point, everyone is afraid of something, and helping your friends will help you cope. Sometimes all you need is a hug.

 

You Can Love Anyone

Classic Sesame Street - Grover and Chris talk about love

He was also seen in "Christmas Eve on Sesame Street."

You can love a friend, a brother, a sister, a mother, a father, and even a monster. Because that's what love is - and you can love anyone.

 

We're glad that it's the anniversary of Sesame Street today, because we could use a little of these lessons lately.

 

Amy Cooper is the type of journalist that when asked "What do you bring to the table," she replies "I am the table."