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...

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Messages in the Routines

During these not-so-normal pandemic times, many of us have found that routines help us feel more comfortable. They give us some predictable structure in our lives. Daily routines are even more important for children. Fred understood that, and he intentionally structured each program with predictable routines -- opening with his song and changing into his sweater and sneakers, using the Trolley...

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Fred Rogers’ Methodology of Beingness

I recently read a description of strong relationships as those built on a foundation where each person potentiates the other. I love thinking of potential in this practice-based way. We can tap into the expansiveness of this idea and know at a deep level what it means, how it feels when someone sees us fully, allows us to grow as,...

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Fred Rogers Center March Newsletter 2021

It is with great sadness that we mourn the death of Joanne Rogers, who passed away in January. She was an inspiration to us here at the Fred Rogers Center and she brought joy and laughter with her visits and her commitment to carrying forward the legacy of her loving husband, Fred Rogers. I’ve been enjoying rereading pages in Maxwell...

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What do you notice?

Press play on any episode of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood and you’ll find yourself invited to slow down and notice something. Settle in, take your time, look carefully, listen deeply. The beautiful slowness in Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood episodes is not simply for the sake of being slow. The slowness allows depth to grow from the simplicity of noticing. Look at one thing,...

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