How do you teach your kids wisdom? Maybe they’re excelling at school, know their gadgets backwards … but are they wise?

In the old days, which means those pre-internet, pre-screen addiction times, bored kids sometimes came across these strange things called books. Some of them were books of proverbs.


Many screen-dazzled kids today are not familiar with such idioms and what each one means. For why would they, if their attention is being stolen by non-stop communication and distraction?

Not all proverbs are wise, but most are. So it’s worth sharing these with your kids.

Here are some I know:

A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.

Cleanliness is next to godliness

Don’t put all your eggs in one basket

Sticks and stones can break my bones but words can never hurt me

When in Rome do as the Romans do

The grass is always greener on the other side

Charity begins at home

Blood is thicker than water

Don’t wash your dirty laundry in public

Rome wasn’t built in a day

Be careful of what you wish for

A journey of 10000 miles begins with a single step

Don’t cry over spilt milk

Absence makes the heart grow fonder

The eyes are windows to the soul

Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth

Sometimes the best answer is silence

Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealth and wise

The early bird catches the worm

Too many cooks spoilt the soup

Two heads are better than one

There’s more than one way to skin a cat

Prevention is better than cure

Curiosity killed the cat

No man is an island

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.

Don’t make a mountain out of a molehill.

Don’t make an encyclopedia out of a nursery rhyme.

KISS: Keep it super simple. (Keep it simple, stupid! is insulting)

An apple a day keeps the doctor away.

The love of money is the root of all evil

The road to hell is paved with good intentions

Evil happens because good people do nothing

Don’t judge a book by its cover.

Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder

One man’s meat is another man’s poison

The more things change the more things remain the same

History repeats itself

You reap what you sow

You make your bed you lie in it

Stop and smell the roses

Have your cake and eat it too

A place for everything and everything in its place

Save your pennies and the pounds will take care of themselves

Half a loaf of bread is better than none

A miss is as good as a mile

Better late than never

It’s the journey, not the destination

Slow and steady wins the race

Strike whilst the iron is hot

Out of the frying pan and into the fire

The pot calling the kettle black

Patience is a virtue

Waiting for the kettle to boil

Time waits for no man

Birds of a feather flock together

Don’t count your chickens before they’re hatched

No pain, no gain

A leopard never changes its spots

What is good for the goose is good for the gander

Empty vessels make the most noise

The squeaky wheel makes the most noise

When there’s a will, there’s a way

Casting pearls before swine

Idle hands do the devil’s work

Silence is golden

Cleanliness is next to godliness

Spare the rod and spoil the child

Birds of a feather flock together

Cut your nose to spite your face

Forewarned is forearmed

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