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What Mister Rogers Said

You may have seen the photo circulating of Mister Rogers with this quote,

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping’.”

What wisdom the man had! I guess his mom was wise, too. He was like my third parent, I think. I watched that show all the time.

The quote has been attributed to his book, Mister Rogers Parenting Book which I could not find at my library. It’s available on Kindle, though. Gotta ask my mom if she has a copy.

The Huffington Post shared this video back in December. In light of recent events, in general, I thought I would share it with you.

We so often and mistakenly think that kids need more details than they do. I think the implication in this one-minute clip is to ask what they already know and speak to those fears.

We are our children’s best helpers for fighting fear.

Scary and sad things are happening all around us. Our kids need to know we will fight for them, and we will help them fight their fears.

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  1. Your mom was right about looking for the helpers. Watching T.V. today, it was remarkable watching the fire fighers and police officers rushing to help the injured even as the second bomb exploded. As a society, we can never be thankful enough that there are people willing to risk everything to help their fellow citizens. May God bless them all.

  2. That’s very well said. I loved Mr Rogers too. What a kind and caring man.

  3. A friend of mine knew Mr. Rogers in real life. He said his manner off the set was the same as on the set. The same applies to his wisdom.

  4. This is from a devotional site I follow. I’m still trying to come up with what to tell my 8 yr old. I know I’m going to discuss what Mr Rogers says but this also feels right.

    Some of you will rebuild the deserted ruins of your cities. Then you will be known as a rebuilder of walls and a restorer of homes. –Isaiah 58:12
    Living in a broken world means bad things happen to us. We have the choice of allowing those bad things to take shape in our heart and become deserted ruins. Or we can choose to pick up the pieces, confront, forgive, extend grace, and heal. Through a relationship with Christ, you have the power to rebuild families, overcome hurts, and restore relationships. Will you choose to be a rebuilder or be owned by bitterness?

  5. Thank you for sharing this – my kids haven’t asked yet, but having this response in my back pocket makes me feel a little better!

    • Jessica Fisher says:

      That’s how I feel, too. I operate on a “need to know” basis with a lot of things, but sometimes to forget to ask what they actually know first. Sometimes we parents go above what they really need.

  6. Great video clip! My kids caught a glimpse of a facebook thread yesterday. Before I could even process the events in my own mind, they were already firing questions at me. Parenting is tough sometimes….

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