How to Talk to Kids, According to Mr. Rogers

“He insisted that every word, whether spoken by a person or a puppet, be scrutinized closely, because he knew that children — the preschool-age boys and girls who made up the core of his audience — tend to hear things literally.”

It’s possible nobody in history was better at communicating with children than Mr. Rogers.

This article from The Atlantic explains how he did it.

It features a set of nine rules Mr. Rogers had for communicating with kids on his show including to rephrase ideas in a positive manner, eliminate elements that may not apply to all children, and remove elements that express certainty.

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