12 Most Constructive Lessons You Can Learn from Phineas & Ferb
If I could go back 23 years, I would probably try to do my best to keep a television out of my house completely. Since, I can’t go back in time and because my family would probably get rid of me before getting rid of the TV, my kids do spend time watching television. I should be embarrassed to admit it, but I often find myself watching kids programs along with my kids and even chuckling at things that are obviously aimed at the adult audience.
I’m a big advocate of learning from anything that life sends your way. So it makes perfect sense that I find life lessons everywhere, even in kids TV programs.
I have learned quite a few good lessons from Phineas & Ferb.
1. Parents are often oblivious to what’s going on other their noses
I pride myself on being an involved parent, yet I’m sure that there is much that goes on with my kids that I don’t know about. Yes, there are times when I will surprise them by being aware of something they did that they thought they kept a big secret.
If I had to guess though, there’s probably more that I don’t know than I do know.
2. Kids left up to their own devices will be creative
One of the big problems that I find with kids growing up in this day and age is that their entertainment is often passive. They watch TV and they play on the computer.
When kids are left to their own devices to entertain themselves, they find very creative ways to occupy their time. They dream, they invent, they play and they create.
3. There is no better friend than a brother
One of the things that I love about Phineas & Ferb is how close they are. They complement each other and they look out for each other.
4. There are people we take for granted
Way too often we see the things we do for others but we don’t realize that sometimes they do even more for us. Like the way everyone thinks Perry the platypus is just a pet when he’s really a secret agent who saves the world over and over. Some people are just underappreciated.
5. Tattletales never gain
There’s no wonder that Phineas & Ferb’s big sister Candice is constantly frustrated. She spends her days being a tattletale. No wonder no one believes her. (Even though in this case, they should.)
6. Involve your friends
I love the way Phineas & Ferb get their friends involved in their escapades. They not only don’t keep the fun to themselves, their have even more fun because they are sharing their projects with their friends.
7. People need a goal
For some people a short term goal is enough, others favor long term goals. Whatever it is, we need to know that we are moving in some forward direction towards something. Even if it’s just doing something creative with your day, like Phineas & Ferb’s daily creations.
8. Kids should try out many areas of interest
Phineas & Ferb are multi-talented. They not only invent but they also play instruments, they like animals, they have no problem speaking in front of crowds and so on. If your kid (or you) shows interest in something, they should try it out and experiment with something new.
9. Give your kids responsibility
Kids grow into trustworthy adults when you show them that you trust them and you give them responsibility. Candice is constantly being trusted to babysit Phineas & Ferb.
10. Kids are more resilient than parents think
Too many kids are being overprotected and bubble-wrapped by anxious parents who want to keep their kids safe from any harm. Kids are more resilient than we give them credit for and in order for them to grow and learn, they need to experience things both good and bad, both failures and successes.
11. Sometimes bad guys are misunderstood
Poor Dr. Heniz Doofenshmirtz. All the plans he hatches are all because he wants to be loved and to belong.
Whether it’s an adult or a kid, many times when someone has done something wrong, if you look at the underlying reason or motive you will see that it was just someone trying to feel loved or trying to belong.
12. You need someone to challenge you
We don’t live in a bubble. A lot of what we do is to meet challenges set by people and events around us. Each of us needs to find someone who can challenge us to do our best.
I think Phineas & Ferb is a great example of how kids television program producers do try to work educational lessons into their shows. The best learning is done through fun and when someone doesn’t realize they are learning.
What TV programs have you learned something from?
Featured image courtesy of Loren Javier licensed via Creative Commons.