All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten: Rules of the World of Children

All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten: Rules of the World of Children

Life isn’t always as difficult as adults make it.  And if you think about it, do grown ups or kids make the world a better place?   Adults (not all, but some) have a propensity to steal, lie, manipulate, hate, hurt, fight, etc.  Most of these traits are lost on children which is why parents work diligently to protect their kids from exposure to adult situations.

Maybe I suffer from the Peter Pan syndrome and I don’t want to grow up, but having the mind and faith of a child is taught by every major spiritual leader I have studied; unlike having the mind and faith of an adult.  With all of that being said, here’s a reminder of the rules of the world of children by Robert Fulghum, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten:

  1. Share everything.
  2. Play fair.
  3. Don’t hit people.
  4. Put things back where you found them.
  6. Don’t take things that aren’t yours.
  7. Say you’re sorry when you hurt somebody.
  8. Wash your hands before you eat.
  9. Flush.
  10. Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you.
  11. Live a balanced life – learn some and drink some and draw some and paint some and sing and dance and play and work everyday some.
  12. Take a nap every afternoon.
  13. When you go out into the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands, and stick together.
  14. Be aware of WONDER. Remember the little seed in the Stryrofoam cup: The roots go down and the plant goes up and nobody really knows how or why, but we are all like that.
  15. Goldfish and hamster and white mice and even the little seed in the Styrofoam cup – they all die. So do we.
  16. And then remember the Dick-and-Jane books and the first word you learned – the biggest word of all – LOOK.”


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27 thoughts on “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten: Rules of the World of Children

  1. I always say this. Parents say something is too big for a child to understand, but it’s the children who truly understand what’s important. Grown-ups have it all wrong and backwards. Thank you for reminding me of this. I read it when I was in high school. My two-year-old nephew’s favorite word is look. I may be visually impaired, but I know the importance of that.

    1. Every major religion I have studied always refers to “being childlike.” Never “being adultlike.” We need to roll in the grass more, play in the rain, throw snowballs, laugh, make new friends…BE ALIVE and live life!!!

      1. Makes sense to me. We become so jaded as adults, we forget the true joys of living freely, we become wary & cynical.
        I say yes – let’s all do more of those things you mention (except the snowballs … I don’t get snow in my home town lol).

      2. I agree. What a wonderful way to spend an afternoon! And then watch the sky break into vivid colour as the sun sets. Just awesome.
        And there in lies the childlike wonder … !

      1. I am in full agreement with you, though as a nursery teacher I have to stress that certain things need to be taught and enforced before kindergarten or nursery so a child can access actually learning all these other things once they get there! We spend half the time teaching basic skills that a 3-4 year old should already know!!!

  2. So true. Have you read the book Sophie’s world? It emphasises the fact that kids ask a lot of questions, which makes them true philosophers.
    I think kids feel and understand things adults cannot because they have learnt not to…

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