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Positive Parenting: C is for cookie and control

Since its debut in 1969, the Sesame Street characters have been household names for kids of all ages. 

Rosemarie Truglio is the senior vice president for curriculum and content at Sesame Workshop. She says among many things, Sesame Street helps prepare children for school readiness.

"These are the underlying skills that help children learn," she said.

As part of Sesame Street's curriculum on self-regulation, storylines focus on Cookie Monster, the impulsive monster with a sweet tooth.

Waiting to eat a cookie is a tall order, but Cookie learns strategies to delay gratification. 

Like distraction with a favorite activity, like singing. Pretending the cookie is something else, like a picture of shifting attention from the desirable object to something undesirable, like a smelly fish. 

Science suggests the content could be having a desired effect. In a University of Iowa study, two groups of preschoolers were shown different videos. The group who watched a Cookie Monster video about waiting were able to wait four minutes longer than those who watched an unrelated Sesame Street video.

"Which is huge in the lives of preschoolers," Truglio said. 

Maybe you can learn a lot from a monster. 



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