Mifren's Manner - A kids show inspiring manners through art.
Mifren's Manner - A kids show inspiring manners through art.
A live action kids series from members of Teddy Ruxpin and PBS's Puzzle Place, inspiring etiquette and social skills in today's world.
A live action kids series from members of Teddy Ruxpin and PBS's Puzzle Place, inspiring etiquette and social skills in today's world. Read more
About this project
“There’s no ‘should’ or ‘should not’ when it comes to having feelings. They’re part of who we are and their origins are beyond our control. When we can believe that, we may find it easier to make constructive choices about what to do with those feelings.” -The World According to Mister Rogers.
All Children Matter!
Hi there! My name is Lynette Eklund, and I believe Mr. Rogers was right. Everything we do is driven by our emotions. How we react to things, how we go about getting what we want, how we communicate to others…. One of the biggest parenting challenges is teaching kids good manners—not just how to say please and thank you, but how to socialize well outside the family unit.
I want to create Mifren’s Manner so that every child who watches it can develop confidence in him or herself by knowing how to act (and react) so they won’t feel so awkward; they won’t feel the need to hide or become defensive, and they’ll be able to find fun everywhere, and in everything. In my heart, I don’t believe any child sets becoming a bully, a misfit, a cool-kid, or any other “type” of person as a goal. Still, the fact remains, it happens…
How Will Mifren’s Manner Help?
Mifren’s Manner is show that will combine people, crazy puppets, adorable creatures, art projects, and bits of animation to create a show for kids that is entertaining, educational, and inspiring. Each episode will focus on a particular social skill, ranging from basic etiquette to social diplomacy.
From the comfort of her whimsical art studio in the attic of her manor, our host, Mifren, will help her irresistibly cuddly, giant dust bunny, Dabbler, and her more rambunctious pal, Bump, understand the necessity of manners. While her teen co-host, Buddy, will take viewers through Mifren’s Magic Easel, out into the real world, so they can exercise their newly-discovered manners, while experiencing new places, meeting new people, learning about new opportunities, and finding out just how fun and beautiful life can be.
Finally, each episode will end with Mifren and her friends (our friends) settling down on the daybed together, where they can share the day’s adventure, and review how what they learned will help them grow.
We Need This Show Now!
That is why we will be creating the first 3 complete episodes, to air on the internet as soon as they are complete. This way I will have what I need to present the show for sponsorship support, grants, and the television market to find funding for the full series; while you will already have 3 complete episodes to watch and share with your children—even before Mifren’s Manner gets that “big break”. This way, you will benefit from helping us meet out Kickstarter goal—beyond your incentive reward—as soon as possible!
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And if we meet our initial goal, stretch goals will allow you to benefit even more!
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Who Are These Characters?!
Mifren is our energetic host. She’s an artist who loves to share all kinds of art with the kids. She will draw, sculpt, paint and glue, do origami and pumpkin sculpt, carve ice, or do just about anything, to show kids all the different ways they can express themselves besides just talking. And what things she doesn’t do herself—or doesn’t want to do alone—guest artists will come in and share, like ventriloquism, or writing, or singing.
Buddy is our teen adventuring host and wonder-er. He will take kids to talk to restaurateurs, and teachers, safety professionals, and kids of all cultures. He will visit playgrounds, and theaters, and neighborhoods and museums of all kinds… where he will ask questions and make friends, and allow kids to experience, grow to understand, and appreciate things they may not have access to just now, in any other way than through us.
Dabbler is an enormous dust bunny, (live action suit character) who hides under the daybed in Mifren’s art studio; but if the room is calm, he’ll come out. He’s very enthusiastic about learning art, because he’s not very comfortable talking, and often times feels misunderstood. With Mifren’s help, he’s gaining confidence though, and we’re sure he’ll squeak and chirp his way into your heart.
Bump is an impulsive little imp (puppet). He’s a little too out-going, a little too quick to act (or react) and a little too silly; so while he wants to be in the middle of it all, his pranks and overly-everything behavior tend to give others the wrong impression. But with Mifren’s guidance, he’s learning how to direct that energy, so he can have all the friends he wants—without become somebody he’s not in the process.
What’s the Point?
Through engaging experiences and friendly characters, kids will be inspired to:
While children are still young and curious is the time to instill good conduct and cooperation. Whether it is behavior in public, in one’s own home, at school, or as a guest in another’s home… Respect for others—and oneself—is what allows a child to stay open-minded to differences, and to invite the gracious fulfillment of curiosities, rather than suppressing ideas, and stifling dreams.
Who Are We?
What Are Others Saying?
“As a parent and former teacher I can tell you, these tiny humans don't come with instructions. Sometimes the best way to teach is to NOT teach. Kids learn so much just by watching. As a radio personality, I've hosted many events and worked with hundreds of children over the years. If there's one thing that stands out it's seeing children that always seem lost: not sure how to act or interact with others. Social skills are becoming a lost art. I think Mifren's Manner has the potential to be a great, fun learning experience for kids while helping them tap into their creative side and gain those all important skills.” -Rick Duncan, Radio Personality & Former Preschool Teacher
"As a middle school art teacher I see every year more and more students struggling with social skills. The need is great, the time is right, and art is the perfect language with which to engage and impact this eager audience." -Chris Greeson, Junior High Art Teacher
“I am concerned for the future of that child and ultimately society. The best way to teach manners is through modeled behavior--you don’t need to nag children--you just have to show them the way. Mifren’s Manner could be a much-needed help in teaching our children how to navigate their feelings and finding confidence in their interactions with others. Imagine the world without manners? The world needs Mifren’s Manner." -Sam Ellis, Creative Director & Visual Storyteller
So, In a Nutshell…
We must accept the fact that the media is going to influence our children’s lives. So, we must also make sure there are shows with good influence for them to see. If we teach appropriate behavior and social tolerance during these years, we can create a safer social and school environment.
And while we already have a lot of very talented film industry professionals cutting their rates (several are contributing their time for between 15%-free) we still need money to buy materials to complete the sets, costumes, puppets, and props, to rent camera and lighting equipment, to cover post-production studio time, location costs, and all those other expenses that can only be met with cold, hard cash.
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I am SO excited to be able to offer something good to our kids, by bringing you Mifren’s Manner. Please, join our team. Along with your financial support, please like, post and share this page with others.
Every child needs a friend. Let’s give them Mifren!
Risks and challenges
Bringing this project to children will take time and money, but I already have a supportive team lined up willing to work at a discount to bring this show to completion. So, while we may encounter things that may shift our air date, I take your support—and the show’s purpose—very seriously, and will do my utmost to deliver the best show we can, on time, and to keep you informed as we go along, through updates.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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