Dragon Tales takes children on a journey of self-discovery where they face challenges and overcome fears, while enveloped in a magical, supportive environment. The series gently inspires children to persist when faced with obstacles, to try different approaches to resolving a problem, and to understand that to try and not succeed fully is a natural and valuable part of learning.
Parent Tales helps parents apply these same messages at home. The PBS TV special, outreach initiatives, and this Web site offer suggestions and solutions to help parents in their daily lives with their kids. Our parenting experts, Dr. Becky Bailey, author of There's Gotta Be a Better Way: Discipline That Works, and Dr. Gloria Rodriguez, author of Raising Nuestros Niños: Bringing Up Latino Children in a Bicultural World, encourage parents to:
Look at parenting challenges from all sides.
Keep trying when faced with difficult situations.
Enjoy any success or achievement--large or small, partial or complete.
Be aware that problems can be approached in more than one way.
Consider their child's point of view.
Set up clear and predictable routines.
View parenting as a joyful adventure.
The Parent Tales TV special provides real-life examples of the process parents go through to better understand their children as well as the opportunity to watch parenting experts help families resolve everyday issues together. The Parent Tales Web site offers insights from our experts on child development and how to see the world through your child's eyes , how to set up and maintain routines , and how to recognize and celebrate success. In addition, you'll find selected video clips from the TV special, printable Dragon Tales awards that celebrate a child's achievements, and a printable Parents' Journal.
Parenting is an exciting journey, always changing and offering new experiences and rewards. We hope that your future parent tales are filled with joy.
Parent Tales Experts
Dr. Becky Bailey, Professor of Early Childhood Education and Development, is nationally known for her dynamic parenting seminars, audiotapes, and books.
Dr. Gloria Rodriguez is the Founder of Avance Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening and supporting low-income families in the areas of parenting, child development, and family support.
How to Watch Dragon Tales With Your Child
To adults, a child's life may seem carefree, but children face the same sorts of challenges told in Dragon Tales stories: Ord's fear of the dark stops him from doing things he loves; Max's frustration over missing his turn leads him to lash out at a friend; Cassie works to overcome her shyness. In Dragon Tales, children and dragons work together to solve difficult
situations--rejection, separation, and the fear of trying something new.
Watching Dragon Tales with your children and talking about the program with them can help you understand the issues that kids deal with everyday. It allows you to catch a glimpse of their world and find out how they feel about things. It creates a safe place where children can share some of the problems they face in their daily lives.
Use these questions to talk with your children about what they see on Dragon Tales:
Learn more about the Dragon Tales characters.
- What happened on Dragon Tales today?
- Why do you think they chose to do it that way?
- Have you ever felt that way?
- Which character do you like best and why?
- What would you do if that happened to you?