6 PSAs for Toddlers We Really Wish Existed

If you’re a child of the 80s and 90s like I am, you probably recall the More You Know commercials that saturated Saturday morning programming (they still appear in modern times but with less frequency). I remember them vividly – they rudely interrupted Saved by the Bell and forced me to the edge of my seat, anxiously waiting to see if Jessie Spano would survive her horrific caffeine pill addiction. It is fair to say that I too was so excited, but also so, so scared.

Back then, it seemed like these PSAs were mainly aimed at teenagers and other young adults. Blossom talked about STDs, the Fresh Prince said to stay in school, and several celebrities reminded us to just say no to drugs (to which we replied, “Duh….Nancy Reagan already told us that!”). My point is that a lot of The More You Know campaigns were aimed at middle-schoolers and above. Now, imagine if they were aimed at toddlers.

Of course, there’d be a PSA about eating broccoli and never going anywhere with strangers. But there’d also be these gems:

The PSA for Sharing

Sharing is an important thing to do because it fosters generosity and cooperation, but it’s also a little unfair: why should you have to share something that is yours? But don’t worry, it will pass.

Adults don’t share, unless they’re on Facebook. Then some of them share way, way too much.

The More You Know.

The PSA for Enjoying Your Youth

It can be tough being a kid, what with all the bedtimes and Brussels sprouts. This is why a lot of you can’t wait to grow up. But don’t be in a rush – enjoy your youth because you only get to once.

Adulthood comes with its own kind of crazy. You get to a certain age where it’s no longer socially acceptable to refer to others as “Dude,” for instance. You also have financial debt and mundane responsibilities. And then there’s something called a turkey neck.

Whatever the heck that’s about.

The More You Know.

The PSA for Being Quiet

Every time you want a cookie, you ask your parents to get you one. Every time you want another bowl of ice cream, you kick and scream at the injustice of a single serving. Every time you paint the wall with the glitter glue your uncle idiotically gave you, you show it off to Mom and Dad. Getting your way: you’re doing it wrong.

You see, there’s a secret that toddlers haven’t caught onto – being quiet is key.

If you tiptoe to the pantry and help yourself to an Oreo, your parents will never know. If you open the refrigerator and run off with the entire carton of chocolate chip, they won’t find out until it’s too late. If you paint your walls quietly, Mom and Dad will smile at each other while sipping their wine and commenting on how good you’re being.

If you’re quiet, you can get away with almost anything.

The More You Know.

The PSA for Potty Training

It might seem super inconvenient to be potty trained – why use a bathroom when you can just walk around with a built-in toilet? Yes, diapers are a real time saver for the rat-race that two and three-year-olds live in.

Still, being potty trained is sort of necessary. If you aren’t, no one will want to room with you when you go off to college.

The More You Know.

The PSA for Toys

You know that room you have in your house? The one with all the Legos and mismatched puzzle pieces? The one your parents call the toy room? There are things in there you should play with. They’re much more fun than the bottle of sunscreen and dish rag that have been entertaining you for the past hour.

Just be sure to take care of them because toys cost money. There’s no reason all your Barbies should have their heads pulled off – unless you’re playing French Revolution.

The More You Know.

The PSA for Taking Naps

Taking naps might not seem like any fun, but, believe it or not, there will come a time when you consider them a real treat. Still, they can be risky. While you’re sleeping, Santa Claus and Mickey Mouse might visit everyone who’s awake and hand out puppies and butterscotch by the handfuls.

Yes, it’s possible that that could happen. But don’t worry: it probably won’t.

The More You Know.

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