World vs. Mr. Rogers

If you dear readers are like me, you grew up watching Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood. I think everyone who watched that program took something. I took away how he had an outdoor sweater and an indoor one, and he always hung them up. My friend Darrik told me that he was influenced by the way Mr. Rogers always put away his shoes. I’m sure you all have similar impressions.
Mr. Rogers was a great man, and he tried so hard to teach us children to love ourselves. He ended each show with a sweet message: “I like you, just the way you are.” Below is a video that compares Mr. Rogers to the world. I hope it makes you think.

I wear makeup. ‘Tis true. I worry about if people will like the clothes I buy. I worry about if guys will think my eyelashes are long enough. (why would they care? i don’t know, but i still worry about it.) The point that I am wanting to get across is that you should like you, no matter what.
Dear Future Children- you will grow up watching Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood [if i can find it on DVD]. x leslie
These are lessons that I want burned into my children’s minds.

here’s a last video of Mr. Rogers. i dare you NOT to tear up.


Slow Down

has anyone else noticed that kids these days grow up SO quickly? it has to be all of the TV and films that are out. in my day, there were no bratz, or hannah montana. the only TV that i watched was Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood or the occasional Barney and Sesame Street. i think that really affected my upbringing, positively.

i hate to speak against the disney playlist, but watching loads of TV does NOT encourage creativity or imagination. (don’t get me wrong, i love tv, and i loved it as a kid) i just think that there is an excess of tv watching nowadays. i know with the children that i’ve babysat for, that there is a big difference in personality between the kids that have an unlimited tv verses the children with limited tv. in my experience the kids with more than an hour of tv a day are much more bratty than those with less tv. that’s just an observation.

another observation that i had was that children with less than an hour of tv a day showed more imagination with their playing. they had a much more broad sphere of creativity. they weren’t narrowed down to what happened on disney or nickelodeon. that’s just another observation.

based on these two observations, i think i’ll only let my kids watch an hour of tv a day…

here is me. aged… i don’t know.