13 Life Precepts From an 8-Year-Old

Sometimes, your kids can inspire you in the most unforeseen ways. This weekend, Jeremiah, our eight-year-old, shared with me the list of precepts he had made for class.

I was honestly blown away by the wisdom he captured in many of these sayings, several of which were original to him. I asked if I could share them because they would be great precepts for adults, not just kids in elementary school.

Here is the list he wrote. Below the photos, I typed out all of the precepts.


Precepts help in life

  • Always think through things, most of all when things are random.
  • Some things are beautiful, some are not, but all people are.
  • “Don’t try too hard to be cool. It always shows and that’s uncool” – Amos Conti (from Wonder by R.J. Palacio).
  • Lots of things come into sight. All of them have emotions with them.
  • Matureness can make the biggest difference.
  • There are objects that seem very weird, but they are truly ordinary.
  • “Don’t be friends with jerks” – Henry Joplin (from Wonder by R.J. Palacio).
  • Focus on what’s alike, not different.
  • Enter life happy and exit life happy.
  • “Life is a road. Choose the right path” – Wesley Earls / brother.
  • “Dig deep if you want the gold.” – ? (He knew it was a quote, but wasn’t sure from whom it originated.)
  • “Treat others as you want to be treated” – The Golden Rule.
  • “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge and fools despise wisdom and discipline” – Proverbs 1:7.

Which of these precepts do wish more people would live by? What precepts would you add?

Feature photo credit: Lotus Carroll via photopin cc

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Aaron Earls

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