Fred Rogers: The World According to Mister Rogers

As our week-long family reunion winding down, I wanted a short, enlightening read. Fred Rogers’s priceless collection of wise words fit the mood. Whether on love, respect, friendship, or difficult time, his messages were filled generosity, kindness, altruism, compassion, sympathy, and empathy. On parenting, he reminds us to think of the children first:

If you ever have anything to do with their entertainment, their food, their toys, their custody, their childcare, their health care, their education – listen to the children, learn about them, learn from them. Think of the children first.

On the meaning of peace, Rogers’s definition is simply powerful: “Peace means far more than the opposite of war!”

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