Who was America’s favorite neighbor?

Updated: Apr 9, 2021

Discipline is a teaching-learning kind of relationship as the similarity of the word disciple suggests. By helping our children learn to be self-disciplined, we are also helping them learn how to become independent of us, sooner or later, they must. And we are helping them learn how to be loving parents to children of their own.

The World According to Mister Rogers

Disciplining a child is a complicated concept in today’s world. The boundaries get blurry across homes, cultures, family types. What is acceptable in one family is not acceptable in another. In my home, I had to make my bed every day. My grandmother felt it was important for a young lady to have a clean bed. But my friends did not make their beds at all! So it’s really the values and beliefs of the parents (or grandparents or caregivers) that the child, or disciple, is learning. Modeling those values for children is the best way to teach them. And as Mr. Rogers says, these children will grow up to have families of their own and pass on the principles we taught and lived for them.

Fred Rogers, known as “America’s Favorite Neighbor,” dedicated his life to serving children through public television as the creator, composer, and host of Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood. His relentless commitment to facilitating and bringing forth all that is best in people led to an astonishing array of honors from TV Hall of Fame to the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He passed away in February 2003 but his message of love and acceptance will be remembered by generations.

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