“‘My wish for my children and parents alike is that they learn to find love and joy even amidst the world’s and their own imperfections . . .’
— Fred Rogers
Those of us who are parents certainly know about ‘imperfections’—our own and our children’s! Parenting is a struggle. I was always touched when people would tell me how much they’ve learned from Fred that’s helped them in their parenting, but I have a hunch that they thought he had some magical gift with children. He and I had to work at being good parents . . . just like everyone else.”
~ Joanne Rogers from the Foreword to Many Ways to Say I Love You
This is our third Note on (Mister) Fred Rogers’ books.
I read all three over the course of a week after falling in love with the man via the wonderful documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor? (If you haven’t watched it yet, I think you’ll love it!)
This book, as per the sub-title, is all about “Wisdom for Parents and Children from Mister Rogers.” Like the other books we’ve featured, it’s a super quick-reading and equally inspiring collection of brief wisdom gems from our beloved neighbor.
I loved it. (Get a copy of the book here.)
And, I’ve been enjoying channeling Mister Rogers’ warmth and presence and wisdom in my role as a father to our two little E’s: Emerson (6 as I type this) and Eleanor (2!).
Of course, the book is packed with Big Ideas. And, as always, I’m excited to share some of my favorites we can apply to our lives TODAY so let’s jump straight in!
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