The Chris Voss Show Podcast – Waiting for Mister Rogers: Teaching with Attachment, Attunement, and Intention by Wysteria Edwards BA Ed.M

Waiting for Mister Rogers: Teaching with Attachment, Attunement, and Intention by Wysteria Edwards BA Ed.M

Every day children enter classrooms crying out for love and relief. Waiting for Mister Rogers reveals a Kindergarten teacher’s journey to find answers for the broken children entering her classroom—and the wounds in her own heart—through the personal notes, speeches, and writings of Fred Rogers.

Many moments of adversity, violence, and suffering can be traced back to broken attachments in childhood. These early attachment wounds follow children into adulthood, often damaging their interpersonal relationships.

Where the world offers shallow and complex solutions, the gentle work of Mister Rogers models simple and deep ways to heal insecure attachment. Waiting for Mister Rogers, answers questions of personal development and connection for anyone seeking support, such as:

What do children need to be securely attached?
How can teachers heal their wounds to be fully present, intentional, and effective with their students?
Could student be triggering a teacher’s childhood trauma?
Can teachers go deeper while doing less?
It’s time to remember childhood, return to the Neighborhood and teach with attachment, attunement, and intention. Mister Rogers was right all along!

Show Notes
About The Guest(s):

Wysteria Edwards is an educator and author who has dedicated her career to transforming the lives of children through attachment repair. She is the visionary behind Simple and Deep, a company that empowers women to understand and heal from insecure attachment. Wysteria’s latest book, “Waiting for Mr. Rogers: Teaching with Attachment Attunement and Attention,” explores the profound impact of Mr. Rogers’ teachings on children’s emotional well-being.


Wysteria Edwards discusses the power of Mr. Rogers’ teachings and how they can be applied to improve our lives and the lives of children. She shares her personal journey of healing from insecure attachment and how it led her to discover the transformative impact of Fred Rogers’ work. Wysteria explains attachment styles and how they shape our relationships and behaviors. She highlights the importance of attunement and attention in creating a safe and nurturing environment for children. Wysteria emphasizes the need for self-reflection and healing to break the cycle of trauma and create healthier relationships.

Key Takeaways:

Attachment styles formed in childhood influence how we relate to others throughout our lives.

Mr. Rogers’ teachings emphasize eye contact, attunement, and emotional expression for secure attachments.

Insecure attachment can lead to behavioral addictions and relationship challenges.

Healing from insecure attachment requires self-reflection, seeking support, and rewriting our own stories.

Love and authenticity are keys to creating secure attachments and fostering emotional well-being.


“Attachment is our first heartbreak. If we didn’t have a broken connection with others and how we love and receive love, a lot of things would be solved.” – Wysteria Edwards

“Children are always communicating. The function of behavior is love. Children just want to be loved.” – Wysteria Edwards

“All stories need to be named, pondered, articulated, and then we bless them through rewriting them.” – Wysteria Edwards