Monday, January 2, 2012

Milkshake Kids | 13 Sweet & Simple Resolutions

I know I said in earlier posts that I had decided not to have New Year's Resolutions this year, but when I read the following just now, it has motivated me to reconsider. I have read some excerpts from the book All I Really Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergarten and I love the simplicity and truth of the book. I feel like kids are so much better prepared for life at the age of 3, 4 and 5 years old then when they graduate from high school or college. I watched (and showed to my college students) this video about education reform and one of the statistics that truly stood out to me was the one about divergent thinkers and the fact that Kindergarteners outscore professionals by huge amounts. It is as if the way we choose to focus our attention and our goals ends up driving all creativity, empathy and, in many ways, goodness, out of us. So, I will try to remember these 13 Sweet and Simple Resolutions as shared by Milkshake Kids today.
  • Share everything—no matter how much you want it for yourself.
  • Play fair and give everyone an opportunity to participate.
  • Don't hit people. Make peace instead.
  • Put things back where you found them. An organized life is something to value.
  • Clean up your own mess so others don’t have to clean things up for you.
  • Say you're sorry when you hurt somebody—it could avoid wars!
  • Wash your hands before you eat. Stay healthy and clean.
  • Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you—especially if they are local and organic.
  • Live a balanced life. Learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some.
  • When you go out in the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands and stick together—Never forget that family is the most important thing in the world.
  • 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. Live life everyday with as much joy and wonder as possible.
  • And then remember the Dick-and-Jane books and the first words you learned—the most important words of all—LOOK. LOOK, DREAM, LIVE.
 I can learn so much for these myself and I hope that I can teach my daughter many of them!  I hope you too can learn something from them and keep them in mind as you go through your days in 2012.  Thanks Milkshake Kids for the great inspiration!

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