10 Grown-up Life Lessons from the Lips of Little Children

shutterstock_48737947Occasionally words of profound wisdom come from the mouths of babes. I searched and couldn’t discover who collected these, but they are priceless. A few of the more humorous ones are posted first; the last ten are life lessons we should all be learning.

These made me smile:

  • When your mom is mad at your dad, don’t let her brush your hair
  • Puppies still have bad breath even after eating a tic tac
  • Never hold a dust-buster and a cat at the same time
  • You can’t hide a piece of broccoli in a glass of milk
  • Don’t wear polka-dot underwear under white shorts

These made me smile and think at the same time:

  1. It’s hard to unlearn a bad word. If you’ve ever hit your thumb with a hammer, you know this is true.
  2. Ask “Why?” until you understand. We shouldn’t stop asking “why?” just because we “grow up.”
  3. It’s easier to see the mistakes on someone else’s paper. There is a Bible verse that speaks to this issue! Do you know what it is?
  4. A pencil without an eraser may as well just be a pen. Always start with a pencil.
  5. Crawling still gets you there. Remember the tortoise and the hare? Don’t give up.
  6. If you want someone to listen to you, whisper it. ‘Nuf said!
  7. Sometimes the best one in the play has the fewest lines. Make your words few and make them count.
  8. Silence can be an answer. A golden answer.
  9. If you want a kitten, start out by asking for a horse. Listen up negotiators.
  10. Don’t say that the “Last One is a Rotten Egg” unless you’re absolutely sure there’s a slow kid behind you. Think before you speak.

I noted the lessons I learned.  Now it’s your turn!

Which of these is your favorite and why?
Do you have a favorite that doesn’t appear here?
Does anyone know the Bible verse I was referring to in #3?  Hint: There’s something in your eye!



  1. Enjoyed this very much Ken ….. Aren’t you referring to when Jesus said to first take the beam out of your own eye, so then you could see clearly to remove the plank from your brother’s eye?

  2. Karen already mentioned the verse: Matthew 7:3-4. These are wonderful principles. Numbers 1 and 5 are my favorites. The first time I ever said a bad word in front of my dad was when I bumped my leg while carrying a 5-gallon bucket of feed for our calves. Definitely not something I wanted to do: hurt myself or curse in front of Dad. 🙂

  3. Really enjoyed these…my oldest uses #9 on us, now I know how she managed to get a puppy, 2 cats, 2 bunnies and now 7 chicks, and she does sart out asking for a horse.
    my 4 year old said the other day “April showers bring ME flowers” they are for her…all of them.

  4. Silence is the golden answer. I do this many times when I just do not have a retort to a stupid critism, so I just do a smile/smirk. Then the retort comes to me later but then I put a spin on it when I am relating the incident in humor to another. I thought the verse was in I Cor. 13:5…”love…does not seek its own…does not take into account a wrong suffered…” But the right one is good too!

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