The child of hippie parents, I wasn’t permitted to watch much television as a kid. Shows on PBS were the rare exception. I loved shows like Sesame Street, 3-2-1 Contact, and Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood, and still do to this day. They were some of the few television shows that were designed to turn you into a compassionate thinker, rather than an oatmeal-brained consumer.
Now that I’m older, I’ve realized that Mr. Rogers was a special gem, even among the PBS lineup. Host Fred Rogers was a reassuring voice to millions of children for over 45 years. He helped children to cope through difficult situations and taught them to embrace a world of wonder.
Aimed at the tender demographic of 2 – 5 year-olds, Mr. Rogers skipped the baby talk and swirling colors that dominate children’s programming today. Instead, he focused on lessons that are essential for a happy life: self-love, confidence, patience, tolerance, and optimism. Come to think of it, I know more than a few adults that could stand to be reminded of these simple lessons. Maybe if more adults watched Mr. Rogers Neighborhood, we’d be less interested in warring with each other and destroying the planet.
Scroll through the inforgraphic below to examine the Five Everlasting Lessons of Mister Rogers…and if you watched the show as a child, or watch it today with your own children, feel free to share your favorite moments in the comments section below.
Infographic Source: Accredited-Online-College.
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