Be My Neighbor Day
The following is a sponsored post on behalf of The Motherhood in partnership with United Way of Allegheny County, The Fred Rogers Company and WQED. All opinions remain my own. #BeMyNeighborDay
Put on your red sweater and get ready to pull up a seat next to Daniel Tiger!
Join the FREE celebration for Be My Neighbor Day on March 22. Parents and children can learn about kindness and have opportunities to participate in activities that benefit our community. Daniel Tiger will be there, too! Don’t forget your camera for pictures. It’s his first appearance in Pittsburgh!
Be My Neighbor Day will be celebrated at four western Pennsylvania locations:
- Baierl Family YMCA, 2565 Nicolson Road, Sewickley, Pa. 15143 (from 10 a.m.- 1 p.m.)
- Western Area YMCA, 195 Montour Run Road, Coraopolis, Pa. 15108 (from 12:30 – 3 p.m.)
- Penn Hills YMCA, 11817 Frankstown Road, Pittsburgh, Pa. 15235 (from 10 a.m. -1 p.m.)
- Thelma Lovette YMCA, 2114 Centre Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pa. 15219 (from 1 – 3 p.m.)
Check out some of the fun activities at Be My Neighbor Day…
Craft projects to benefit the community
YMCA Healthy Kids activities
Sweater Drive (bring a sweater to be donated to a local agency the day of, or prior to, the event)
Daniel Tiger Meet and Greet
Tips for Being Neighborly
“There are three ways to ultimate success: The first way is to be kind. The second way is to be kind. The third way is to be kind.” – Fred Rogers
To help encourage neighborliness with your little ones at home, here are some tips inspired by the “Neighbor Day” episode of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood that will help show your children that doing something nice for their neighbors can be a rewarding experience that makes them feel good about themselves!
Volunteer!: Check out your local food bank, library or neighborhood park for opportunities for your family to contribute, whether it is going through your house with your preschooler and donating extra canned goods or old books or helping plant brand-new trees!
Play outside and meet new people!: Bring your young children for a fun visit at the neighborhood playground, so they can make new friends and interact with old friends, too!
Ask to help!: When your family sees someone who might need a hand, offer it! Work together with an elderly neighbor who needs extra assistance in their yard or even have your preschooler help take care of a friend’s pet while they’re away on an end-of-summer trip. You can also just talk with your child about times when you helped someone in need.
Smile and say, hello!: Sometimes the littlest things makes the biggest difference! When you are walking through your own neighborhood with your kids, greet passing neighbors with a friendly smile and a “hello” – you might just brighten someone’s day!
Make Coupons for Giving: Help your child create homemade paper coupons for kind and helpful acts, like “a hug,” “help with household chores” or “reading a book to a younger sibling.”