All I Really Need To Know I Learned in Kindergarten, by Robert Fulghum

All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten
by Robert Fulghum

Most of what I really need to know about how to live
and what to do and how to be I learned in kindergarten.
Wisdom was not at the top of the graduate school mountain,
but there in the sand pile at Sunday school.

These are the things I learned:

Share everything.
Play fair.
Don’t hit people.
Put things back where you found them.
Clean up your own mess.
Don’t take things that aren’t yours.
Say you’re sorry when you hurt somebody.
Wash your hands before you eat.
Flush.
Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you.
Live a balanced life—learn some and think some and
draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work everyday some.
Take a nap every afternoon.
When you go out into the world, watch out for traffic,
hold hands and stick together.
Be aware of wonder.

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April is National Child Abuse Awareness Month.

In these tough economic times, the financial stress that is put on so many families increases, and in turn puts many children at a raised chance of being abused or neglected, national and state agencies report. The month of April is an chance to gain awareness over national and local efforts taking place to prevent child abuse and how we all have a part to play in helping support families so they feel safe asking for help before a child is abused. Many parents in our country are doing a spectacular job raising and supporting children; however there are families, particularly nowadays with economic imbalance, that are feeling stressors. These families need help to keep children from becoming vulnerable to abuse. Annually, there are 5 million reports of abuse and neglect nationally,” stated Bill McGuire, director of Child Abuse Prevention Services. “One in five children will experience some form of abuse or neglect, and half of them will be younger than 6 years old” Acknowledging the staggering rate at which children continued to be abused and neglected and the demand for programs to prevent child abuse and help parents and families affected by maltreatment, the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives decided that the week of June 6-12, 1982, should be assigned as the first National Child Abuse Prevention Week, and the following year, April was declared the first National Child Abuse Prevention Month.

2009 is also the 50th anniversary of the child abuse advocacy group, Childhelp,  click to visit Childhelp.org and learn how you can help., or if you need report a case of child abuse you may call the national child abuse hotline, 1-800-4-A-CHILD.

For even more on helping to fight child abuse, click here.