It was 1968 when Fred introduced us to his song, “What Do You Do with the Mad that You Feel.” That was over fifty years ago, and the messages of that song are as needed today as ever.
Fred knew how important it is to help children learn to deal with their angry feelings. But in his song he wasn’t saying, “Don’t be mad.” He was giving us a different message. He was telling us that anger is natural and normal. It’s part of being human.
A Tribute to Fred Rogers -- and You
March 2023: March 20th would be Fred Rogers' 95th birthday, and I wanted to celebrate by sharing with you the tribute video that PBS produced shortly after his death in 2003.
February 2023: Much as I don't like the cold February weather here in Pittsburgh, one evening I found myself looking at a wintry scene with new eyes, thanks to Fred Rogers. As I was walking to my car in the parking lot, I noticed that the snow was especially beautiful. It was sparkling like diamonds.
January 2023: A while ago, I was observing a group of preschoolers, and I was amazed at how long they stayed at a task. What was so engaging? They were making something rather ordinary and kind of "old-fashioned" -- paper chains.