Ten life lessons from kindergarten days


Re-reading “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten” by Robert Fulghum is stirring up a lot of memories. Mr. Fulghum shares some awesome advice such as “Play fair.” “Take a nap every afternoon.” “Wonder.” “Share everything.” Solid tips, right?

All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten by Robert Fulghum

I don’t think that all I need to know in life I learned when I was four, but those years make for some good reminders to enjoy life a little bit more. Here’s my take on life lessons inspired by kindergarten days:

Punch boys who pull on your braids. Inspired by my little sister who did punch a boy who pulled on her braids, a.k.a. standing up for yourself kindergarten style.

Always put a hanky in your pocket. Pocket-sized tissues nowadays.

Run up and down hills more — those soil stains will come out eventually, but the playful thrill of running in the dirt lasts forever.

Eat aratilis while they’re not yet extinct.

If you see your reflection in your black shoes, they’re shiny enough.

Always ask permission before borrowing anything.

A chocolate drink and a small portion of spaghetti is the best recess snack ever.

Don’t jump around with your wallet in your pocket. I’ve lost my allowance many times because of this!

If a classmate laughs at you for peeing your pants, throw your wet pants at him and he’ll run for cover. Okay maybe that’s not a life lesson, but it sure did teach that guy not to mess with four-year-old me.

Imagine, imagine, imagine. Playing pretend, wearing costumes, putting on shows with dolls — you’ll never get bored with a healthy imagination.

What life lessons have you learned from your kindergarten days?

2 Comments on Ten life lessons from kindergarten days

  1. Mom-Friday
    June 15, 2011 at 3:37 pm (12 years ago)

    super nice post! :) make me try to remember what I did back in the day…. well, too long ago to remember! hahaha…we’re all girls in school and I just remember buying my weekly treat of 1 small pack Clover bits! :)

  2. Kay
    June 15, 2011 at 6:45 pm (12 years ago)

    I learned that friendships last when formed with real intent … I still have my friends from way back kindergarten. :)


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