7 Lessons from Mister Rogers on Building Communities

December 29, 2018

Quote of the Week

"Alone, we can do so little; together, we can do so much" -- Helen Keller

7 Lessons From Mister Rogers To Build Stronger Communities

"Fred Rogers, host of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood taught kids critical emotional and social skills that are still relevant to adults today. This article shares some of Mister Rogers’ teachings that could help us weather today’s ups and downs, stand up for what we believe in, and come together across our differences. When Fred was asked in an interview toward the end of his career about television’s responsibility to children, he replied, “To give them everything that we possibly can to help them grow in healthy ways, and to help them to recognize that they can be angry and not have to hurt themselves or anybody else, that they can have the full range of feelings and express them in very healthy, positive ways." [read more]

Reading Corner

Title: Playborhood: Turn Your Neighborhood Into a Place for Play
Author: Mike Lanza
Stage: Any

"A culture of play helps children develop into happy, healthy, responsible, creative adults. Single family approaches like cutting down on screen time or structured activities are a step in the right direction, but Playborhood highlights the importance of families engaging in community action to create a culture of play for everyone." -- Vicki Abeles

Be the Change

Here are a few strategies to strengthen the sense of community in your neighborhood and deepen ties.  Build a community garden to promote community interaction in your neighborhood as well as share in a bounty of fresh veggies.  Hang out on your porch or in your front yard to encourage interaction, as it could be hard to get to know your neighbors if you don’t ever see them. Set up a free neighborhood library to exchange books and create community.

For more ideas, you may enjoy exploring 31 Ways to Build Community in Your Neighbourhood.