Why am I mentioning Fred Rogers on a Pagan parenting blog? I couldn't really tell you except that the show was similar to Sesame Street in that it encouraged learning, love and acceptance of all people and I think children respond to that no matter what religion is present in their home. The man himself won dozens of awards and accolades in his lifetime and is considered an American treasure.
Living just north of Pittsburgh, there is a lot of Fred Rogers influence in our area. Most libraries have books about him and he has exhibits throughout hospitals and museums in our region. Saint Vincent's college in Latrobe, PA has an early learning and development center for children set up in his name, the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh has portions of the Neighborhood of Make-Believe permanently set up throughout the museum as well. Even almost a decade after Fred Roger's death, the Children's Museum celebrates his birthday every year with exhibits, performances and fun.
|Fred Roger's red cardigan is on display at the Smithsonian.|
Since we don't have cable, Doodle Bug watches Mister Rogers' Neighborhood on PBS's website, http://pbskids.org/rogers/, as well as a spin off based on Fred Rogers' puppet, Daniel the Tiger.
Fred Rogers was an advocate for children and parents and the bonds they form. He originally got into television because he didn't like the way 1960's television talked to and about children. He decided to take a different approach and the Public Broadcasting Station (PBS) snatched him up.
The Fred Rogers' Company continues to host a website aimed at parenting and offering stories and guidance for everyday matters as well as tougher parenting problems, such as dealing with a death in the family. That wonderful resource can be found here.
I encourage you to let your children in on the secret of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood and leave you with this fantastic remix of Fred Rogers talking about imagination.