Lessons from "Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood": Introduction (04:17)
Fred Rogers felt his job was to help children navigate modulations. He explains the theme song to his television program that aired for 35 years. "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" provided a safe environment to talk about anything. (Credits)
Roots of Behavior (03:42)
Rogers describes himself as an emotional archaeologist. In 1954, he works with Josie Carey on "The Children's Corner" and they use a variety of puppets. Rogers recalls Sister Rosemary telling him he was nothing without his puppets.
Rogers' Interest in Child Development (05:13)
Rogers recalls attending Seminary and working with Margaret McFarland at Arsenal Family & Children's Center; Rogers uses puppets to help prepare children for separation. He recalls spending time with Benjamin Spock and Erik Erikson at the center.
CBC Programming (04:19)
Rogers recalls his opportunity to work in television; television is a personal medium. McFarland tells Rogers that his program is more real communication to children than entertainment; she becomes the show's chief psychological consultant.
"Please Don't Think It's Funny" (04:07)
Rogers sings about permissible regression. He reflects on regression in service of the ego. Rogers sings about growing and waiting; the songs focus on growth and building frustration tolerance.
Addressing Good and Bad (03:48)
Rogers reflects on Helen Ross teaching people about feelings; she discusses "the bad side." Rogers sings about good and bad impulses, object constancy, self-constancy, managing angry impulses, impulse control, strengthening the ego, and scary mad wishes.
Neighborhood of Make-Believe (03:19)
Rogers works through his emotions using the piano; he sings about scary mad wishes. Jerome Singer approves of Rogers' distinction of the real world versus a pretend world in his show.
Modulations Children Experience (07:17)
Through song, Rogers addresses divorce, adoption, sibling rivalry, individuality, childhood anxieties, oedipal longings, and feeling left out. Dorothy and Jerome Singer reflect on the impact of the simple songs.
"Everybody's Fancy" (03:21)
Rogers recalls visiting a nursery school and a young boy announcing his dog's ear came off in the wash. He sings about body integrity and gender differences; Peggy Charren recalls hearing Rogers for the first time.
Honesty and Expression (04:40)
Rogers states that music was his first language and that most people want the truth. He sings about making someone angry, telling the truth, accepting feelings, and expressing feelings.
Tribute to Rogers (03:22)
Archabbot Douglas Nowicki hosted a symposium on childhood creativity to celebrate Rogers' 25th anniversary of working in children's television. Rogers recalls feeling like a migrant child and learning from Anna Freud.
"It's You I Like" (03:50)
Rogers reflects on the importance of unconditional positive regard. He invites a young boy in a wheelchair on his show and they sing about self-value. Using the same ending on every episode of "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" provides a comforting sense of closure.
Credits: Lessons from Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood (01:26)
Credits: Lessons from Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood
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