Recently, a small member of our family may or may not have swallowed a Lego and given us all a good scare and a trip to the emergency room. This event (whether or not it happened) may have inspired a lengthy conversation about ”good rules to live by.”
“Legos are for building, not for eating” was tactfully left off of the final list to save no one in particular some embarrassment. The final determination, by two small boys, of the most important rules to live by was this:
1. When you go camping, always stay with the group.
2. If you find something and it looks lost, bring it to the Lost and Found. If it doesn’t look lost, keep it.
3. People are more important than things.
4. Leggings are not pants.
5. If you see something awesome at the store, freak out and tell Mommy you want it for Christmas.
6. If you are nice to Mommy, Mommy will be nice to you.
7. Always ask first if you want to pet someone’s dog.
8. When you pee in the potty, you get a sticker, except if you’re a grown up.
9. Use your words and don’t hit your friends. Don’t even hit people that aren’t your friends.
10. Fifty is a good number of presents to ask Santa for. Maybe fifty-five or a few more, but definitely not much more than that.
11. You get what you get and you don’t get upset, and:
12. Never put chicken nuggets in your eye.
What practical life lessons have your family learned the hard way? What are your children’s “rules to live by?”