With the end of Disney’s Phineas and Ferb, we would like to share these lessons you can actually learn (young or old) from this animated series. On the flip side, check out these times when Disney taught us terrible lessons.
#1 Children when left to their own devices will be creative.
Nowadays, the entertainment of children is passive, with iPads, televisions, etc. But when children are left to their own devices, they will be creative and entertain themselves. They will dream, invent, create, and play!
#2 We do take some people for granted.
Well, in Phineas and Ferb’s case, their pet. Oftentimes, we only see the things we do for others and not what they do for us. Just as everyone assumes that Perry the Platypus is just a pet that doesn’t do much, he is actually a secret agent that is saving the world and the Flynn-Fletcher family!
#3 Parents sometimes don’t know what’s going on right under their noses.
As involved as parents are in their kids’ lives, there are probably a couple of things they don’t know about.
#4 Tattletales never win.
Candace, Phineas and Ferb’s big sister’s busting antics is continuously being thwarted, without Phineas and Ferb doing anything about it. Although what she is proclaiming is true, there is no malice whatsoever to Phineas and Ferb’s creative yet innocent escapades.
#5 There is no better friend than a sibling.
The great thing about Phineas and Ferb is that they are super close and get each other instantly. They are a wonderful complement for each other!
#6 Have a goal.
Whether you have a long term goal or a short term goal, you have to know what you are going to do. Phineas’s favorite line, “I know what we’re gonna do today,” shows us that you have to go forward towards something.
#7 Include your friends.
Phineas and Ferb always include their friends in whatever they do. They spread their fun, not just within their circle, but even to strangers (in space, even!).
#8 Always be excited with what you’re doing.
Both Phineas and Ferb are always super excited with what they’re going to do for the day. Find great joy in your work or studies or play and it will project to those around you.
#9 Let children try out different interests.
Phineas and Ferb are not one-dimensional bibliophiles. They are multi-talented geniuses that invent, sing, play instruments, take care of animals, and so on and so forth. So if a child shows an interest in something, let them try it out. You can do this as well!
#10 Children are stronger than you think.
There are so many kids that are being overprotected by stressed out parents that want to make sure their kids are 100% safe. Children are actually stronger and more resilient than you think. For them to learn and grow into wonderfully mature persons, they need to experience good and bad things, successes and failures.
#11 Give children some responsibility.
Children turn into trustworthy adults if you demonstrate that you trust them whenever you give them some responsibility. Case in point, Candace is always put in charge of Phineas and Ferb when their parents are gone.
#12 Admit when you’re in the wrong.
What is great about Phineas, besides being super positive that things will work out somehow, is that he acknowledges whenever he is wrong. One time he yelled at Candace for messing up when they were helping the Marvel superheroes. Eventually, even if Candace did actually mess up, Phineas apologized for his outburst. He was humble enough to admit he was also in the wrong.
#13 Some “bad guys” are misconstrued.
Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirtz, the bumbling and funny nemesis of Perry the Platypus, was characterized by his daughter perfectly: “You’re basically a nice guy who’s pretending to be evil. And, you know, it seems like it’s all out of obligation to your backstories, not something that truly comes from your heart.” It makes sense that Doofenshmirtz wasn’t really good at evil because he really wasn’t evil. So whether it’s a grown-up or a child who has done something wrong, look at the context of where he or she is coming from.
#14 Don’t let setbacks ruin your day.
When something goes wrong, we tend to get in a funk. When this happens to Phineas and Ferb, they’re pretty upbeat about it. In an instance when Phineas and Ferb found out they had bad luck, they adjusted their plans to take into consideration their bad luck (and at the same time have fun!).
#15 Find something that challenges you.
Just like what Phineas and Ferb do every day, they find something that challenges them. Find that someone or something that can challenge you to make the best of every day!