More Than Kindergarten Lessons

It is August already. This month has several special days for me, including my daughter’s birthday.

As her birthday approaches, I keep thinking about All I Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten by Robert Fulghum.  I first heard it when the Keynote speaker at my college (graduate school) graduation read it.  I really liked it, but I don’t think you learn all you need to know in Kindergarten.  No, I am not talking about academics.  I am talking about life lessons.

So, I have decided to write a list for my daughter of things that I think she should know for that year.  I hope to write a list every year adding items.

Here is my first:

Dear Daughter,

Here are somethings I think you should know as you are about to turn five:

  1. Be Happy.
  2. Try your best.
  3. If you have done your best, it is enough.
  4. Some people won’t like you and that is okay.
  5. God made everyone special.
  6. You are special.
  7. You are loved.
  8. Don’t judge a person by how they look on the outside.  The way they are inside is all that really counts.
  9. Some people are mean.
  10. You will be picked on. Everyone is.
  11. Treat others as you want them to treat you.
  12. You don’t have to be like everyone else.
  13. You don’t have to be different from everyone else.
  14. Don’t talk to strangers when Mom and Dad are not around – no matter how nice they may seem.
  15. Never go with anyone you don’t know well – no matter how old you are.
  16. Do what you know is right.
  17. Pray. It will help you know the right thing to do.
  18. Life is short.  Don’t wish it away wanting time to pass. Enjoy the age you are – this is not always easy.
  19. Bad things happen; it is part of life.
  20. It is okay to cry when it hurts.
  21. Stand up for yourself and what you believe without pushing anyone else down.
  22. Listen and be humble.
  23. Be thankful.
  24. Mind you manners – be polite.
  25. Keep eating healthy.
  26. Brush, floss, and rinse at least twice a day.
  27. Play and have fun.
  28. Share.
  29. Study.
  30. Know you are not always right.
  31. Know you will make mistakes.  Everyone does.  It is okay.
  32. Saying your sorry won’t fix it, but it is the right thing to do.
  33. Keep making new friends.
  34. Keep saying “hello” to people.
  35. Remember, I will always love you – no matter what.



This list may contain redundancies; it is okay because we learn through redundancies.

This is just a list to my daughter.  It is not suppose to be in same venue as Fulghum’s poem.  I am not a poet, philosopher, or minister.   I am just a mom.

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