Life lessons from Dr. Suess

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Life lessons from Dr. Suess

“A person’s a person, no matter how small.”

“Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you!”

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

“Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.”

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.”

Some of my favorite quotes by Dr. Suess. They have been running through my mind all week as I have helped my girls celebrate the writings of Dr. Suess at school. I love that the schools celebrate Dr. Suess every year for Read Across America.

These words are so simple, but when you stop to really read them and absorb them, that’s when you realize how powerful they are.

The first quote is a perfect one to teach your children to respect others, realize that everyone has a gift and something to offer. An idea that would be beneficial for all people, young and old, to embrace. “A person’s a person ....”

The second is a great way to encourage your child and help them realize how unique they are to the world. It’s easy for kids to want to be like their friends and it’s hard for parents to make them understand how awesome it is to be different. “There is no one alive who is you-er than you!”

Of course anyone who has children or works with children knows how important it is to teach them how to read. Reading=success. When you can read, you can do anything. “The more you read, the more places you’ll go.”

And at the end of every vacation, every fun day, every fun activity or play date, it is easy for children to be sad it is over. It’s easy for adults, too! But instead of being sad that the event is over, “smile because it happened.” What great memories you made. It’s a good reminder for all to take time and live in the moment.

Lastly, your future is in your hands. Bottom line. Each move you make, or don’t make, helps decide your future. “You can steer yourself any direction you choose.” It’s 100% up to you.

There aren’t many things in life that are simple. Things are confusing, complex and often hard to grasp. Thank goodness for Dr. Suess who helps to put it all into perspective for us.

monika@salemleader.com

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