10 Life Lessons Your Child Can Learn From Winnie the Pooh
If you look through any Winnie The Pooh storybook you are always going to be charmed. Pooh, Piglet, Tigger and the rest of the folks in The Hundred Acre Wood are just fantastic and timeless characters. Since the early 60’s Disney have taken Pooh from strength to strength, but the core values are still very much rooted in A.A. Milne’s book from 1924. As cute and amusing as the adventures these characters get up to are. There are some very nice and valuable life lessons that Pooh and co can teach your children and we are looking at some of them right now. So, grab some honey and see why the stories of Winnie The Pooh are truly timeless.
A huge part of the charm of the characters in The Hundred Acre Wood is the friendship that they all share. The famous quote from Winnie The Pooh is,
“If you live to be 100, I hope I live to be 100 minus 1 day, so I never have to live without you”
Which we can all agree is just super adorable. The way these characters look out for each other and are nice to each other (well maybe not Rabbit) is something that is fantastic for kids to read and learn about at a very young age. Looking after and really cherishing your friends is something all kids can benefit from learning more about.
Ask Questions, Even If You Think They Are “Silly”
One thing that you can count on in any Winnie The Pooh storybook is Pooh asking some rather interesting questions. You could make the argument that Pooh can ask some silly questions, but that is not always the case when you really think about it.
“Before beginning a Hunt, it is wise to ask someone what you are looking for before you begin looking for it.”
Wise words Pooh, wise words indeed. Many of the characters, especially Pooh and Piglet are never scared to ask a question if they are not sure about something.
Loving Your Friends
The friendship between Pooh and Piglet has to be one of the most adorable things in the whole world of Disney. Now yes, we have already talked about how these books are great for teaching kids about friendship, but with quotes like,
Taking Pooh’s paw, “I just wanted to be sure of you.”
Was what Piglet said when Piglet walked up to Pooh, really do make you say “ahh” and for a kid, this is a great way for them to learn about treating their friends well.
Learning to Take Initiative
We all know that kids are more than happy to just sit back and let us parents wait on them hand and foot! Well while, Winnie The Pooh may not always be willing to be super active, he does have some gems of wisdom like this,
“You can’t always sit in your corner of the forest and wait for people to come to you… you have to go to them sometimes.”
Which is a great way for a child to learn about taking initiative. Of course, on the flip side of this, you do not want them going into the kitchen and using this as an excuse to go and raid the cupboard for the honey or the chocolate spread!
We All Want Friendship and Kindness
The cast of characters in a Winnie The Pooh storybook is really vast. We are not talking about their personality here but in their physical appearance. For example, look at the size difference between Tigger and Roo, but they are best buddies!
“Just because an animal is large, it doesn’t mean he doesn’t want kindness; however big Tigger seems to be, remember that he wants as much kindness as Roo.”
Kids learning that people can come in all shapes and sizes and that treating people nicely no matter what they look like is a great life lesson for children to learn. Treating others as you want to be treated is something all kids need to learn and the world would be a much better place if more of us adults took this lesson from Pooh as well!
Always Look At The Bright Side Of Life
Despite being all doom and gloom, Eeyore can look on the bright side of life on occasion, usually in an unessentially hilarious manner. During a cold snap in The Hundred Acre Wood, Eeyore had this to say,
“However,” he said, brightening up a little, “we haven’t had an earthquake lately.”
Trying to focus on the positives over negatives is always a good thing for a child to learn.
Patience Is A Virtue
Ok, so Rabbit may lose his patience with Pooh many, many times. However, patience is something that many of the characters in The Hundred Acre Wood have a lot of.
“If the person you are talking to doesn’t appear to be listening, be patient. It may simply be that he has a small piece of fluff in his ear.”
Having kids learn to have a little patience is easier said than done, but if Pooh can do it so can they. Just do not let your child learn patience from Rabbit as that will not work too well at all!
You Are Awesome
Self-doubt is something that even kids can sometimes deal with. However, when we talk inspirational quotes from a Winnie The Pooh storybook there is one that is arguably more famous than any other.
“You’re braver than you believe and stronger and smarter than you think.”
This is a quote that may seem overused today, but we feel that this is a quote that kids and even us adults can never hear too often. Embrace what makes you special and realise that you are awesome!
How many times per week do us parents tell our kids to “slow down”? It can be from running through the house, rushing their schoolwork, eating their dinner or a million other things. Kids love to rush and speed through things. Taking their time with things is an important lesson to learn.
“Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there someday.”
These are very wise words to take to heart indeed!
What Makes You Different, Makes You Special
Ok so we did kind of touch on this before, but it is worth doing again. We are all different and embracing what makes us different is really what makes us special. Piglet says it best with,
“The things that make me different are the things that make me.”
Changing who you are to fit in is not cool and instead be happy with what makes you, you. This is a great life lesson for a child to learn from a young age.
As you can see any Winnie The Pooh storybook is going to be filled with great gems of wisdom like the ones, we have looked at today. Really when you think about it, no matter if it is a book or a movie, Winnie The Pooh is all about being nice, having fun and not being scared to eat a second, third or fourth serving of honey!
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