50 Life Lessons by
Regina Brett, Columnist
The Plain Dealer
1. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.
2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.
3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
4. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
5. Pay off your credit cards every month.
6. You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
7. Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone.
8. It’s OK to get angry with God. He can take it.
9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.
10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
11. Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.
12. It’s OK to let your children see you cry.
13. Don’t compare your life to others’. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn’t be in it.
15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don’t worry; God never blinks.
16. Life is too short for long pity parties. Get busy living, or get busy dying.
17. You can get through anything if you stay put in today.
18. A writer writes. If you want to be a writer, write.
19. It’s never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.
20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don’t take no for an answer.
21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don’t save it for a special occasion. Today is special.
22. Over-prepare, then go with the flow.
23. Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age to wear purple.
24. The most important sex organ is the brain.
25. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words: “In five years, will this matter?”
27. Always choose life.
28. Forgive everyone everything.
29. What other people think of you is none of your business.
30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.
31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
32. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.
33. Believe in miracles.
34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn’t do.
35. Whatever doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger.
36. Growing old beats the alternative – dying young.
37. Your children get only one childhood. Make it memorable.
38. Read the Psalms. They cover every human emotion.
39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.
40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d grab ours back.
41. Don’t audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.
42. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.
43. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.
44. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
45. The best is yet to come.
46. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
47. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.
48. If you don’t ask, you don’t get.
50. Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift.
Thank you Regina Brett for allowing me to share your "50 Life Lessons"!
-Winter Vocabulary: Create different flashcards with winter vocabulary and corresponding pictures to go on each card. Children love to choose words out of a box or some type of prop, I used a mini stocking from Walgreens ($1). The vocabulary can be used with a game, the vocabulary and board game can be modified according to age group and level.
~Reindeer-talk about the reindeer's antlers, where you would find a reindeer
~Chimney-What might you see come out of a chimney? What is a chimney? Where do
you find a chimney?
~Holly-What is a holly? Discuss why you would not eat the berries from a holly.
~Ice Skating-Discuss if children have ever been ice skating before.
~Clothing you may wear in the winter time: Scarf, Coat, Mittens, Gloves, Boots, Hat
~Snow-How cold does it have to be in order for the snow to stick? Where are
some states where it snows a lot?
~Wreath-Where do you find a wreath? What is a wreath used for?
~Ornaments-Where do you find ornaments? What are they used for?
~Other words: Icicle, Shovel, Plow, Precipitation, Slush, Blizzard, Avalanche, Sled,
Skiing, Present, Garland, Earmuffs, Snowmobile, Melt, Poinsettia, Ribbon, Snowdrift,
Frostbite, Toboggan, Hot Chocolate, Wind Chill, Evergreen Tree, Hearth, Greeting Card
"Going on a Winter Trip" Activity: I brought a suitcase in with lots of different items someone could wear in the winter time, as well as objects that you may bring on a trip. We pretended like we were going to Alaska and each child got to pick an object out of the suitcase and say the carrier phrase, "I am bringing a _______ with me to Alaska." After each child picked objects from the suitcase, they colored all of the items they saw in the suitcase on a worksheet.
Snowman Activity: I brought in a miniature light up Snowman ornament from Walgreens ($1.99) which is shown on the left above. The light up Snowman had all of the parts of the Snowman and it served as a model for children to view in order to put together their own Snowman using construction paper. To create the Snowman we used buttons, yarn for the scarf and construction paper for the head, body, eyes, hat, nose, mouth and background. I worked with the children in small groups so we made one big Snowman. Each child had an opportunity to participate in making the Snowman, I had different directions on a sheet of paper that the children had to follow (i.e. "Glue the mouth under the nose").
What is Needed: White Drawing Paper, Crayons or Markers, Outline of a Letter of the Alphabet on the Paper with Red Marker
Directions for this Activity: The child can draw a person inside the letter so that the person fills the inside. Before drawing, discuss the sound that the child is working on in speech therapy and cut out some pictures from a magazine of the child's target sound. The child can have fun with this by making the person in the letter colorful and either drawing words that begin with their target sound or cutting out magazine pictures of different words for the background.
This is a fun activity that is quick, allows the child to be creative and does not require a lot of materials.