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All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten

Yesterday, my youngest son graduated from kindergarten.  His eyes beamed with pride; a sense of accomplishment.  Ethan has come a long way — just this year alone.

From learning his ABC’s to transforming into a confident emerging reader, solving simple addition and subtraction problems, becoming increasingly familiar with society’s expectations and social graces — balancing the fine line between asserting himself while respecting others — kindergarten has played an important role in laying the solid foundation for Ethan’s future academic and social success.

Everything we need to know, we probably did learn in kindergarten. It’s been so long ago, perhaps it’s time to revisit Memory Lane — to reacquaint myself with Robert Fulghum’s life’s simple, important lessons:


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

These are the things I learned (yes, the Golden Rule):

  • 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’re sorry when you hurt somebody.
  • Wash your hands before you eat.
  • Flush.
  • Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you.
  • Live a balanced life – learn some and think some and draw 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 out for traffic, hold hands and stick together.
  • Be aware of wonder. Remember the little seed in the Styrofoam cup: the roots go down and the plant goes up and nobody really knows how or why, but we are all like that.
  • Goldfish and hamsters and white mice and even the little seed in the Styrofoam cup – they all die. So do we.
  • And then remember the Dick-and-Jane books and the first word you learned – the biggest word of all – LOOK.

Everything you need to know is in there somewhere. The Golden Rule and love and basic sanitation. Ecology and politics and equality and sane living.

Take any one of those items and extrapolate it into sophisticated adult terms and apply it to your family life or your work or government or your world and it holds true and clear and firm.

Think what a better world it would be if we all – the whole world – had cookies and milk at about 3 o’clock in the afternoon and then lay down with our blankies for a nap.

Or if all governments had as a basic policy to always put things back where they found them and to clean up their own mess.

And it’s still true, no matter how old you are, when you go out in the world, it’s best to hold hands and stick together. 🙂

May 22, 2009 - Posted by | Attitude, Change, Collaboration, Compassion, Dream, Education, Gratitude, Health and Wellness, Heart, Introspection, Passion, Peace, Politics, Purpose, Self Help, Soul, Spirit, Stress, Success | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. indeed … the simple lessons are the most easily conveyed, demonstrated nd practiced. We layer our lives with complexity and falseness, when all we really need in genuine authenticity. Back to 1st grade folks!!


    Comment by ggw_bach | May 23, 2009 | Reply

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