A Mother’s Wisdom
Fred Rogers’ message to “look for the helpers” was given to him by his mother when he was just a boy. These wise words of encouragement have been shared repeatedly:
“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping. To this day, especially in times of disaster, I remember my mother’s words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers, so many caring people in this world.”
Show & Report On Those Who Are Helping
What is often missed in his lesson is his recommendation to demonstrate who is helping. He suggests that if we would show our children “who” is responding” in times of crisis or uncertainty this brings hope and greater confidence. He asks journalists to round out the story when they are reporting or delivering the news. Show these people, “the helpers” taking action. Helpers are often found behind the scenes. Many in roles of teachers, law enforcement, investigators, fire fighters, medical and emergency technicians, journalists, as well as citizens acting from their values.
Message from Mr. Rogers
The video below shows Fred Rogers explaining the impact of showing our children who the “helpers” are and what this will give by way of greater assurance in uncertain times. Adults would also benefit from connecting with his message and reminding themselves to look for all the people who are working behind the scenes.
10-Seconds of Silence: “Appreciating The Helpers”
When speaking at a graduation or receiving an award for his service, Fred Rogers had a ritual of asking the audience to take “10-seconds in silence” with him ― to appreciate those people who offered their support and help. It’s beautiful to see how earnest and sincere he was about this. Today, let’s take “10-seconds of silence” to remember all the helpers in our lives. Let’s appreciate the “helpers” and show our children how to do this as well.
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