I still remember as a preschooler, practically pressing my nose against the TV every time Mister Roger’s Neighborhood was on.
I swore Mister Rogers was talking only to me. I couldn’t wait to sing songs with him, or answer any question he asked me — out loud. Every afternoon, I’d ride the Trolley to the Land of Make Believe and visit all my puppet friends. And the best part? At the end of the show, Mister Rogers always told me he liked me, just they way I was. I knew then I wanted to grow up and make shows that inspired preschoolers the way Mister Rogers inspired me.
Armed with a Masters degree in Child development, I created Blue’s Clues with Nick Jr. in 1996 to help preschoolers with the skills they need to get ready for kindergarten, and Super Why! with PBS in 2007, to help kids learn to read by going on super hero adventures.
Now, as a mom, I need a show to help me. Parenting in the 21 Century is . . . an adventure. A wonderful, sometimes-scary, kind of confusing, always-evolving adventure. And I thought, “What if I created a show for parents, by parents, to talk about all our questions and concerns?” So with the team at PBSParents.org, we’ve developed The Parent Show, set to launch mid-April. With it, I get to interview amazing people (Hello, Oprah?!) and bring tips to us, parents, about all things parenting: Kids and media. Healthy eating. Exercise. School readiness. Bullying. Tiger Mom. Octomom (Okay, that’s pushing it a bit). Every week we’ll have new videos and blog posts and we want to hear from you — because really, The Parent Show is for us.
We can work together to keep our kids happy, healthy and safe because we know there is no way to be a perfect parent, but there are a million ways to be a good one — just the way we are.