Slowing Down

Whenever people have asked me what Fred Rogers would say about how to help children through the pandemic, I’ve turned the question around and asked what they might take from his messages. In a sense, I think that’s what Fred hoped, that each of us would take from his work what’s most meaningful for our own lives.

That’s why, whenever I’ve shown video clips from Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood for professional development, I often ask the participants, “What messages did YOU hear in it?” Usually teachers talk about “what” Fred said or did. But I’ll never forget a teacher who talked about “how” Fred said and did things. …

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