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Life Lessons: Lower and Middle Schoolers


Children naturally look towards people who are older, wiser, and more experienced to get advice or encouragement. Most people grow up listening to their parents reiterate warnings and proverbs that either family members or famous figures said during their lifetimes.

All this can be motivational and helpful but what words of wisdom do the lower and middle schoolers have to offer?

When asked what was the most important thing he’s learned so far in life, Jasper (4) simply said “To have fun.” An elementary skill, yet one that many Upper School students are unable to master in the face of piling stress. Staying positive and being able to just let loose and have fun can help alleviate some of the stress that comes with high school.

The more mischievous kids were also quick to give their life lessons on rebellion and consequences. Nathan (2) and Destiny (6) strongly recommend that you should “never lie to your mom.”

Next, the fifth grade girls shared their biggest life lessons, all of which were pretty cheesy but, nonetheless, genuine.

Josie (5) said, “I have learned that there is no such thing as perfect. I was reading a book and this girl was trying to reach perfection but she couldn’t. Her mom told her there’s no such thing as perfection. It’s a make-believe thing to try and get you to do better.”

These girls were also extremely adamant about being brave. Snow (5) said, “You’ve got to stand up to people.” Her friend, Maya (5), said, “The only thing to fear is fear itself. I was scared of things that I shouldn’t have been scared of.”

Kindness was also a big topic, especially for Mia (3). She said, “Just because you don’t like someone, you shouldn’t be mean to them because sometimes they’re really sad.” Chaeyeon (7) added that we should all be ready to “forgive and forget.”

When a group of second grade boys were asked what life lessons they’ve learned, they were quick to offer plenty of fart-centric responses. These boys warn against farting both in your home or in the classroom and judging by their enthusiasm, it’s vital that you follow this rule.

Everything they said was something we’ve probably all heard of before but it’s nice to be reminded of all the things we can keep in mind. Sometimes, the most valuable words come from those we least expect it from.

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