16 Awesome Things My Kindergartner Has Taught Me

16 Awesome Things My Kindergartner Has Taught Me

Even a 6-year-old can teach a veteran parent an important, interesting thing or two!

By Lorraine Allen

As parents, we’re responsible for teaching our growing kids SO many things. From how to eat with a spoon and tie shoes, to saying “please” and “thank you” often and getting through a hard day, we explain and guide them through so many life lessons. Moms, for better or worse, often do this more than anyone else in our kids’ lives. So it’s a magical gift when we realize, after parenting for years, that our little kids have also taught us a whole range of interesting and surprising things, too -- from emotional and inspiring lessons to funny and weird bits of scientific data. Here, 16 of the lessons that I’ve learned (so far!) from my own kindergartner:

1. I should take my own advice more often -- not just dish it out all day long.

2. You can freeze a gummy bear INSIDE an ice pop!

3. Life is really funny. Especially when your mouth is full.

4. Worms have five stomachs.

5. It only takes a week to grow a basil sprout from a seed; then you can cut it, eat it, and it will keep growing back.

6. I can instantly change my kid’s attitude by changing my own.

7. It's not easy being 3 feet tall.

8. A 6-year-old can boil water.

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9. If you sing the same song over and over and over and over again, it will go from being awesome to annoying to a permanent part of your life you cannot get rid of. Beware!


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10. Even if you think you know your little kid better than anyone, there are things she does that you don’t see, some of which are naughty, and some of which are surprisingly different from the way you see her.

11. There is such a thing as explaining something TOO well to a little kid. Keep it simple, and you’ll keep her attention better, and she’ll remember what you told her better, too.

12. Little kids take what we say literally. (Like when I say, “a penny for your thoughts,” my kid expects an actually penny for telling me what’s on her mind.)

13. Kids need privacy, too.

14. The concept of something being or not being “appropriate” is REALLY tough for a kindergartner to grasp. It just is.

15. Frogs don’t drink water.

16. A grasshopper’s blood is green!

What awesome or surprising lessons have your kids taught you?

Lorraine Allen is a writer, and mom and personal chef to one spunky 6-year-old girl with severe food allergies. You can enjoy their delicious recipes and follow their amusing family cooking adventures at Feeding Lina.

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