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Parenting Great Kids Podcast - Episode 226

Unlocking Creativity & Curiosity in Kids: Fred Rogers' Timeless Wisdom

with guest Gregg Behr & Ryan Rydzewski

Hosted by Dr. Meg Meeker | February 9, 2024 | 44:23 min.

How do you raise creative, curious, and caring children? Gregg Behr and Ryan Rydzewski, co-authors of “When You Wonder, You’re Learning”, share Fred Rogers’ unique and timeless approach to education and human connection and how it’s still needed and relevant today. Discover practical tips and actionable steps to deepen your connection with your kids, spark their curiosity and creativity, and create a nurturing environment in our fast-paced world. Perfect for parents, teachers, and caregivers!

Today's Guest(s)


Gregg Behr & Ryan Rydzewski

Gregg Behr, executive director of The Grable Foundation since 2006, is a father and children’s advocate. For more than 15 years, he has helped lead Remake Learning—a network of educators, technologists, designers, and makers he founded in 2007—to international renown. 

Ryan Rydzewski is an award-winning author and speaker. A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, he taught elementary school in south Louisiana before earning an MFA in nonfiction writing from Chatham University. As a science and education reporter, his magazine stories focus on everything from schools to space travel to Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, and he regularly leads workshops for educators and parents.


Fred Rogers, known for his popular show Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood, provides timeless lessons in nurturing creativity, curiosity, and care in children. While the cardigan sweaters and piano songs were iconic, Rogers’ legacy lies in how he nurtured generations of children. His teachings, based on scientific principles of learning, went beyond entertaining, aiming to foster healthy emotional and intellectual development. By embracing his teachings, you can create an enriching environment that builds strong bonds and sets the stage for kids to explore their interests in a secure setting.

In this episode, you’ll learn how to:

  • Fully activate the power of listening
  • Make goodness attractive
  • Encourage creativity and make-believe play
  • Connect with your kids at a deeper level



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