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Yesterday, as I sat and watched the Cartoon Network with my 5 and 8-year-olds, all I could think was, "What happened to Mister Rogers? As the characters burped, farted and whined about this and that, I reminisced about how polite Mister Rogers and his neighbors were. From changing his shoes when he entered his house to happily greeting his neighbors in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, Mr. Rogers exemplified a true gentleman. He embodied respect and manners, something that is lacking on kids' TV today. Heck, Mr. Rogers even spoke nicely to his fish!
The shows on TV now, though often funnier and wittier than the ones I grew up with, are often missing a certain respectfulness and couth that these older shows taught. I love that today's shows give my kids enough credit to understand more complex humor and situations, but I hate that they influence my kids to try and burp the alphabet at the dinner table. I need to take a page out of Mister Rogers' book and teach them about manners and respect, and of course, to wear more cardigans.
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