Sometime in 1988, I came across a book that stayed with me. This book is one of those that you just can’t seem to put down. But mind you, it’s not a classic. Even more, it’s not a novel or a mystery. But then, it might as well be. The title of the book is “All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten”. It is written by Robert Fulghum. It is such a simple book with a lot of truth in it. The knowledge and wisdom in the book was acquired through living and experiencing life. In case you want to see some reviews about the book, you can visit: http://www.librarything.com/work/29816
The essence of the book reflects the simple rules of kindergarten. Some of these simple rules are: Share your stuff. Clean up your own mess. Don’t talk to strangers. Return the things you borrowed. Listen to your teacher. As simple as they may sound, they are more than applicable in the adult life.
The book simply tells us that everything we are is the product of what we have learned when we were young. The rules we learned when we were young are still the same ones in our grownup life. Of course, there are some rules that we have picked up along the way. It is, after all, a must to learn something new every day.
Now how is this related to being a parent? Quite a lot. Our children are a reflection of who we are. Of course some wise up and learn to think for themselves, but basically, we can see ourselves in our children’s eyes. This means we have to be careful in whatever we teach our children. It is important that we are aware that they mimic everything that we do because in their eyes, we can do no wrong since we are the grownups. We, as parents, have the sole responsibility of shaping our children. Let us not forget that.
The book also shows us that the simple things in life are the hardest to forget. Our house is filled with memories of our kids when they were younger and these are just precious stuff. Our kids will grow up and become adults but the years of their childhood will always stay with us. Hence, we should treasure every moment, document every thought, play every game with them, and just take time to be with them. Before we know it, the kindergarten years are over and they’re about to graduate college.
I have had the book for decades now. I have read it over and over again. I must say that it really helps me understand the real meaning of being a parent. It still amazes me to know that the simple rules of kindergarten can really help me become a better parent.