Helping a child process and overcome fears can be a difficult task for a parent. After all, kids have big emotions and are often scared of things that adults have long learned to shrug off, like flushing the toilet or sleeping with the lights off. That's why a favorite character or television personality can act as an intermediary, helping kids understand their feelings are normal and giving parents a script to work with. Mister Rogers was one of those characters, and luckily, there is a collection of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood moments on being scared because the host of everyone's favorite show always knew exactly the right thing to say. With all of the children's television programming available today, Mister Rogers is still the best at talking to children in an honest and gentle manner about fears and other difficult topics.
In today's world, when many parents are upset about what they read in the news, kids may have a higher than usual sensitivity to scary news stories. They may feel afraid of phrases they overheard on the radio such as "nuclear missile" or "chemical weapons." Mister Rogers has an answer for that, as he does for dealing with death, feeling like an outcast, and other common predicaments kids face. My personal favorite is his song about being too big to go down the bathroom drain, which is a fear my toddler has grappled with.