“Look For the Helpers”
“Fred Rogers often told this story about when he was a boy and would see scary things on 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.””
After the Newton shootings, I shared some thoughts and suggestions on how to support young children during tragedies and crises. This piece from the folks at “Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood” might be the single best and most accessible resource I’ve seen on the matter for parents and educators alike, the quoted section above in particular. “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping…” Sound advice… for children and adults to like.
A special thank you to the helpers in our midst, first and foremost the estimable Dr. Russell Saunders.