7 Secrets to Bringing Out the Best in Yourself and Others from America’s Beloved Neighbor
by Dr. Anita Knight Kuhnley
When my children were little, each day I welcomed the theme song that led to Mr. Rogers coming to his neighborhood. His show was gentle, seemingly simple but, in my opinion, profound. He had many lessons to teach not only children, but also adults, how to live a life well.
The author of this book notes that it was begun by her wise 90 plus year old grandmother and that she has finished it at her relative’s request. I am so glad that she did.
This title covers seven topics, just as promised (of course, someone writing about Fred Rogers would keep their word!). They are entitled Listen First, Validate Feelings, Pause and Think, Show Gratitude, Develop Empathy, Practice Acceptance and Remember That People Need to Know That They Are Cared For. Mr Rogers’s belief in what we could achieve and his belief that we can make a good world for our children (and own inner child) was and is inspiring. What better rules for living could a reader ask for?
The introduction includes much information on Fred Rogers and how he came to value and believe in his message and in children. He was influenced by mentors, Anna Freud, his own education and more. He was influenced by attachment theory which is clearly explained at the beginning of the book. All of this knowledge is distilled into the principles explored in this title.
Spend some time with this book. It will invite and encourage you to be your best self.
Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this title. All opinions are my own.