Wise Advice From Children

One of my guilty pleasures is reading advice columns. I am fascinated by the way people like Miss Manners, Heloise, Amy Dickinson, and all the heirs to the Ann Landers/Dear Abby genre, can be asked a sticky question and in pithy parlance tidy up that person’s life and never look back. I am also deeply grateful not to need the advice given, having been blessed with (for the moment) a reasonably tidy life.

childrenBut that doesn’t keep me from reading, and I especially like wisdom in unexpected places. I have used excerpts previously from Leigh Anne Jasheway’s “Don’t Get Mad, Get Funny Newsletter,” (www.accidentalcomic.com). A couple of months ago she listed 35 lessons she had learned from pre-schoolers in a HeadStart program. Here are some of my favorites:

  • Coloring on the walls is fun, even if you do get in trouble later. Sometimes you have to express yourself no matter what the consequences.
  • Learning new things is fun. Even if you’re not the best in the class.
  • When you’re cranky and tired, a nap is just what the doctor ordered.
  • Never forget to take recess.
  • There is nothing better in the whole world than a friend showing up at your front door asking if you can come out to play. So don’t sit around moping if you have nothing to do — go over to a friend’s house today and ring the bell.

Really, what else do you need to remember, except maybe, Floss. Every day.

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