Life Lessons from Kindergarten

We decided to go in a different direction this week. Maybe it’s because summer’s so close and we’ve got spring fever. Or maybe it’s because we’ve been attending so many graduations the last few weeks listening to graduates reflect on what they learned and what and who influenced them. For some of us, the life lessons that have guided us were learned in kindergarten, as immortalized by Robert Fulghum in his classic All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten. And so this week we excerpt some of his essay. Have a great summer.

All I need to know about how to live and what to do and how to be I learned in kindergarten. Wisdom was not at the top the graduate school mountain, but there in the sand pile at Sunday School. These are the things I learned.

Share everything.

Play fair.

Don’t hit people.

Put things back where you found them.

Clean up your own mess.

Don’t take things that aren’t yours.

Say you are sorry when you hurt somebody.

Wash your hands before you eat.


Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you.

Live a balanced life—learn some and think some and draw some and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some.

Take a nap every afternoon.

When you go out in the world, watch for traffic, hold hands, and stick together.



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