The back-to-school season is upon us. As summer vacation dwindles down, week after week, parents from different parts of the nation post their official #B2S pictures of their adorable offspring as they head off to higher their education. Oh, how I envy all of you. We don’t start school for another two weeks, but the back-to-school preparation has already begun. This week, the kids have an earlier bed time, and their phones and electronics have slowly disappeared as well. All this happens as I speak words of wisdom for the new school year. I have a sophomore in high school, a 3rd grader, and a cute 1st grader. To each I wish a successful school year of learning and adapting to their new grade level.
Wisdom comes easy to one Disney character: Jiminy Cricket, Lord Highkeeper of the Knowledge of Right and Wrong. From kindergarten all the way through college, here are 10 life lessons we can carry on well into the school year.
Life lessons from Jiminy Cricket 1 of 11
Ready to hear some timely wisdom from Disney's best "conscience" himself? Jiminy Cricket is wise, and today we're taking a look at 10 life lessons we can share with our students as they set off to begin the school year.
Lesson 1: Knowing when to give in 2 of 11
Jiminy Cricket: After all, enough is enough!
This is a tough one for kids to learn. Knowing when to take a break from studying or a project is good for the mind. Another is when to ask for help with school work. We need to teach our kids to recognize when enough is enough!
Lesson 2: What do you expect? 3 of 11
Jiminy Cricket: Pinocchio! So this is where I find you? How do you ever expect to be a real boy?
I think I said the word "expect" one too many times when my tween was having issues at school. As parents, it's so hard to step away from our expectations for our students and let them learn from their own mistakes. We, at times, can expect too much. Are you one of these parents?
Lesson 3: Going somewhere peaceful 4 of 11
Jiminy Cricket: Shhh! Quiet! Let's get out of here before something else happens.
This is a sweet lesson for the playground. Kids are playful no matter what. Teaching kids to play right is always the way to go when dealing with a rowdy group. If your kids are quiet types who don't like to roughhouse, going off to a quiet area with their friends is always okay!
Lesson 4: Oh, the temptations 5 of 11
Jiminy Cricket: Yep, temptations. They're the wrong things that seem right at the time...
I think we all can learn something here. We've all fallen into temptations, but teaching our children to do what is right is fundamental for a successful school year.
Lesson 5: Are you my conscience? 6 of 11
Jiminy Cricket: Always let your conscience be your guide.
Oh, Jiminy. You nailed it! Another life lesson we can carry well beyond our school years, am I right?
Lesson 6: One wise cricket 7 of 11
Jiminy Cricket: Grasshopper? Look here, you - you impudent young pup! It wouldn't hurt you to take orders from your grasshop - er, your conscience, if you have one!
So wise. So, so wise. Making sure our kids have a good head on their shoulders will serve them both in the classroom and out on the playground!
Lesson 7: Working hard! 8 of 11
Jiminy Cricket: A fine conscience I turned out to be! First day on the job, and already late!
Being a responsible worker pays off! Teaching our kids to take their education seriously is better for the whole family in the long run.
Lesson 9 The voice in our head! 9 of 11
Jiminy Cricket: Go ahead, make a fool of yourself, then maybe you'll listen to your conscience.
If you're a parent that "nags" about doing well in school and being a good friends to others, you are a great parent. Sooner than later, they'll tap into that "voice in their head" when they need to make a decision and trust that they make the right choice!
Lesson 9: The world today 10 of 11
Jiminy Cricket: What are conscience! I'll tell ya! A conscience is that still small voice that people won't listen to. That's just the trouble with the world today...
Even though Jiminy said this 73 years ago, wouldn't you agree that this quote plays well into this century and maybe even forever? Thanks Jiminy!
Lesson 10: Learning to be wise 11 of 11
Jiminy Cricket: You buttered your bread. Now sleep in it!
I think this one is my favorite. Kids of all ages should be able to understand what this means. If you've had a kid who thought pulling an all-nighter was better than studying hard and got a low grade in return, then you know exactly what Jiminy Cricket is trying to tell us here.
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