Preps give the best life advice. It’s a proven fact. One of the little girls in the class next door welcomed a new baby brother to her family and her classmates were summoned to write down advice for the newborn.

‘Always remember… don’t waste water’

‘Always remember… to be nice to your family. Especially your sister or she will make it bad for you’.

‘Always remember…don’t eat too much food’.

I am entirely aware that I lack the wisdom of the 5 year olds I teach, however I will give it a shot.

girl bulldogPic from We Heart It

To all the babies born out there today, always remember…

The people who matter don’t mind and the people that mind don’t matter. (You can always trust Dr. Suess to come up with a gem). You will regret not  taking photos, you will rarely regret taking too many. Say goodbye to your family before you leave the house, it might be the last time you see them. Likewise,  when you are having an argument with your family, remember that there will be a day when you would give anything to speak to them.

Put chocolate biscuits in the fridge, they will be crunchier! There’s no such thing as too much chocolate. Smile at strangers and dogs with happy faces. Wear bright nail polish, but take it off when it chips. (If you are a boy baby, either skip the polish or wear black. I think it’s sexy). Wiggle your toes when you have a needle.

Watch old movies when you are little. Make use of your local library. Never wear runners when you ride a horse, if you fall off you might get dragged. (I have a scar on my wrist to prove this). Buy the best food that you can afford. Marry someone who makes you laugh. Don’t give up on learning a second language- one day it may come in handy and if not, it will help you pick up! Advice from my mum: Learn to play an instrument, then if you are broke, you can always busk.

Wear sunscreen. Wear clothes that suit you.  Girl babies: Don’t let anyone con you into thinking that denim tights are flattering. Think seriously before you get a tattoo- if you wouldn’t want that picture hanging in your house forever, don’t get it emblazoned on your body. Swim.

Try to laugh or at least smile everyday. Even if you are just laughing about how bad your situation is. Everything will be ok in the end, if it’s not ok, it’s not the end. (That’s not my quote). Believe in Santa and the Tooth Fairy for as long as you can. And go on swings until they break under your weight.