Fred Rogers — American Celebrity born on March 20, 1928, died on February 27, 2003

Fred McFeely Rogers was an American television personality, puppeteer, educator, Presbyterian minister, composer, songwriter, author, and activist. Rogers was most famous for creating, hosting, and composing the theme music for the educational preschool television series Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, which featured his gentle, soft-spoken personality and directness to his audiences... (wikipedia)

I like to compare the holiday season with the way a child listens to a favorite story. The pleasure is in the familiar way the story begins, the anticipation of familiar turns it takes, the familiar moments of suspense, and the familiar climax and ending.
Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.
Parents are like shuttles on a loom. They join the threads of the past with threads of the future and leave their own bright patterns as they go.
You know, you don't have to look like everybody else to be acceptable and to feel acceptable.
I think of discipline as the continual everyday process of helping a child learn self-discipline.

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