What’s the Best Lesson You Learned from Sesame Street?

Big Bird and his friends have been teaching kids for decades. This week we want to know about the biggest lesson Sesame Street has taught you.

Moms Talk is a weekly feature on all Lehigh Valley Patches in which local parents, caregivers and other members of the community are invited to share opinions and advice on parenting topics.

This week’s Moms Talk question relates to Sesame Street:

Moms Talk readers have given us a lot over the past year. This week, the Lehigh Valley Patches are giving the Moms Talk community something back. We're offering four tickets to the 5:30 p.m. performance of "1-2-3 Imagine with Elmo and Friends" on Saturday, April 7. All you have to do is post a comment on this week’s Moms Talk by noon on Wednesday, April 4 and you will be entered into . So, now it’s your turn:

What’s the biggest thing that Sesame Street has taught you?

Our Moms Council members include: 

  • Lisa Amey of Upper Milford Township is a stay-at-home mom to an 8-year-old boy and a 5-year-old girl. A past president of the MOMS Club of Emmaus and longtime member of MOPs (Mothers of Preschoolers), Lisa is an Independent Consultant for Arbonne International. 
  • Lisa Drew of Emmaus is a certified nutritionist and personal trainer, wellness and fitness coach with more than 17 years of experience. She is the mother of a 13-year-old girl and a 9-year-old boy.
  • Jennifer Elston of Emmaus has almost two decades of professional experience in child development and counseling. She is currently a stay-at-home mom to two beautiful girls. Together with her husband, Chris, she owns Christopher Elston Photography.
  • Jeanne Lombardo of Nazareth is the mother of a 10-year-old boy and a 5-year-old girl. She’s new to the Lehigh Valley, having moved to Nazareth from Bergen County, NJ in January.
  • Lisa Merk of Lower Macungie is a stay-at-home mother of four boys – a 12-year-old and 6-year-old triplets. Lisa is a past president of the MOMS Club of Lower Macungie East. In her “spare” time, Lisa teaches piano to school-age children.
  • Zoila Bonilla Paul of Bethlehem is a stay-at-home mom to two girls – a 5-year-old and a 14-month-old. Zoila is a member of her local “moms’ club” and says she is “well-versed in the fun that children can bring.”
  • Beth Sharpless of Emmaus works part time in a local emergency department as a nurse and part time from home as a customer support specialist. She has two children -- a boy who is almost 2 and a 5-year-old girl. She says they love spending time outdoors and dancing.
  • Jennifer Willenbrock of Nazareth is mom to two beautiful daughters, ages 5 and 6 weeks. She was previously employed by Catholic Charities, where she worked in a girl’s group home in Phillipsburg, N.J.  

If you would like to become a part of the Moms Council and/or have ideas for future Moms Talk questions, please email jennifer.marangos@patch.com.




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Mary Anne Looby April 01, 2012 at 07:58 PM
One of these things is not like the other, one of these things just doesn't belong, can you tell me which thing is not like the other, before I finish my song!
Beth April 01, 2012 at 07:58 PM
I learned to accept people for who they are-no matter what might make them different.
Diana April 01, 2012 at 08:09 PM
---that learning all kinds of things is FUN! Learning things, like: letters, numbers, colors, jobs, words, songs, games, animals, other languages and cultures! And that "on a sunny day", sitting on the front steps in front of your home with friends is FUN, 2! :-)
Sharon Robertson April 01, 2012 at 08:25 PM
It has taught me that it's ok to be a big kid and enjoy time with my three children. :)
LS Dutch April 01, 2012 at 11:07 PM
What doesn't Sesame street teach. It teaches all kinds of good values and educational topics. Counting is probably most common and useful topic
Melissa VanDoren April 01, 2012 at 11:14 PM
This has nothing to do with the topic at hand, keep your opinions to yourself, if you cannot be relevant!
Melissa VanDoren April 01, 2012 at 11:16 PM
Sesame Street has taught fantastic vocabulary, math, problem solving skills and much more throughout the years! I grew up on it and I am grateful that it is still on PBS today, so that my son can watch too!
Jennifer George April 01, 2012 at 11:24 PM
Sesame street has helped teach children how to eat healthy and that going to the dr. is not so scary!
Lisa Amey April 01, 2012 at 11:49 PM
One thing that I remember is Kermit saying, "It isn't easy being green." He might have meant something completely different, but it always pops in my mind when I'm trying to be "green"-- that is, environmentally friendly. I try to do my best to have our family do our part, but it isn't always easy!
Nicole April 02, 2012 at 12:13 AM
To be accepting of everyone (including yourself!) - no matter what they look like or what disability they might have.
Jennifer Elston April 02, 2012 at 12:45 PM
I learned about "near" and "far" from Grover. Lol
Mom of DnNnD April 02, 2012 at 03:21 PM
I remember that too!! I love Grover.
Mom of DnNnD April 02, 2012 at 03:28 PM
It taught me how to count. To this day, every time I count I always add in the The Count's laugh afterwards. 1, 2, 3. 3 Kids, Ah Ah Ah.
welshkatie April 03, 2012 at 11:50 AM
My daughter loves to sing and clap along. As she gets older I know she'l get mny more benefits from watching Sesame Street! For me, it has taught me as a mom that it IS ok for kids to watch some TV - even at a young age.
Center Valley Citizen April 03, 2012 at 01:53 PM
I think above all else, Sesame Street taught me about diversity, and that it's ok to be yourself - whatever "character" you may be.
Katie L April 03, 2012 at 05:16 PM
What hasn't sesame street helped us with!? They teach us diversity, letter sounds, spelling, counting and my kids just love Elmo and Abbey.
Shannon Herter April 04, 2012 at 11:39 AM
We love Sesame St. They have great lessons.
Celeste Behe April 04, 2012 at 11:45 AM
The best lesson I learned from Sesame Street is one that I didn't appreciate until I became a mother. That's when I discovered that my long-remembered Sesame Street songs made wonderful lullabies for my own children. "Morningtown Ride" (sung by Bob on the program) has always been my kids' top choice. But for those bedtimes when a "snappy little number" (as the Count says) is in order, nothing beats Ernie's bizarre and delightful "Dance Myself to Sleep."
Kolleen Long April 04, 2012 at 12:47 PM
I loved Sesame Street as a child, loved it when my children were preschoolers and even though they are now a bit old for the Street, we still enjoy watching clips. The biggest thing it taught me as a mom is to view the world with wonder and appreciation, just like my precious little ones.
Sarah C April 04, 2012 at 01:22 PM
to count in Spanish. :) (and lots more!)
Colleen April 04, 2012 at 02:12 PM
"Let's call it cooperation." "NO...let's call it Shirley!" I love the way Sesame Street uses humor to teach so many lessons - and assumes that children are a lot smarter than we may give them credit for. That would have been my dream job - to work for Sesame Street! As it is, I am still one of their biggest fans!
Just Sick and Tired April 04, 2012 at 08:19 PM
I learned that socialists will use children to advance their agenda.
J. Drew Stefancin April 05, 2012 at 11:20 AM
I hope that's a joke. Because if not you've got to give that paranoid nonsense a rest.
WILFREDO G. SALCEDO, Sr. April 14, 2012 at 01:28 PM
I agree there are pearls of wisdom to learn from the show, but I'd rather have these tidbits learned through reading and lectures by parents than having them sit in front of the TV...This is a bad start for the young minds to get addicted to sitcoms, MTV and other TV trivia...I'd prefer other alternatives for them to obtain practical knowledge through real hands on activities than from TV...This will come later in their lives, maybe after college?


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