Annette Hines host of Parenting Impossible – The Special Needs Survival Podcast starts the podcast reflecting on the role of fathers in the disability community. With Father’s Day approaching, Annette Hines will interview three different guests who are fathers and share unique perspectives from mothers.
Our topic in this episode is about honoring the worth of all people and the universal need to be seen that are fundamental in the lasting values Fred Rogers taught in the Neighborhood. Annette Hines talks with Ryan Rydzewski, co-author of When You Wonder, You’re Learning: Mister Rogers’ Enduring Lessons for Raising Creative, Curious, Caring Kids about Fred Rogers’ enduring legacy and how his lessons continue to serve children and adults alike to ensure we sustain an accepting, curious society.
Ryan Rydzewski is an award-winning author, reporter, and speechwriter whose science and education stories span everything from schools to space travel to Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. His book, When You Wonder, You’re Learning explores the tools Fred Rogers implemented such as curiosity, creativity, and collaboration and ways families can follow his lead. Fred was intentional every day in practicing kindness, and his values of all humanity and loving your neighbor are so pertinent to the disability community because so often we feel unwelcome, unseen, and other in our neighborhoods. Fred Rogers understood ‘other’ and he welcomed in everyone and made them feel seen. We highly recommend the book, and you can learn more about Ryan Rydzewski and his book by clicking here: ryanrydzewski.com.
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