Words to the Wise: Advice to Dads from Second Graders

My daughter’s second grade class composed this set of proverbs for Father’s Day. Their perspective left me grinning from ear to ear.

Everyday Life

Don’t count your chickens before…sunrise.

You’ve made your bed and now you must…eat bread.

Don’t put all your eggs…on one plate.

Out of the frying pan and…into the oven.

All work and no play…makes it boring.

Don’t put your eggs in…a hole.

Don’t put your eggs in…the oven – they’ll pop!

Two is company, three is…visitors.

Out of the frying pan and into…the mouth.

You’ve made your bed and now you must…sleep.

Never leave for tomorrow…for work.

Out of the frying pan and into the…stomach.

Fools and Canines

If you lie down with the dogs…you will get slobbered on.

You can’t teach an old dog…to jump.

An old fool is a…smoker. If you lie down with the dogs…you will be one.

You can’t teach an old dog…to dance.

A fool and his money shall soon be…gone.

Taking Precautions

Good fences make good…protection.

Don’t bite the hand that…is on fire.

Too many cooks…make a mess.

Don’t bite the hand that…has claws.

Strike while…the sun is down.

Beware the wolf in…the mountains.

Don’t bit the hand that…is hairy.

Too many cooks…make you fat.

If you lie down with the dogs…they might bite you.

Beware the wolf in…the bushes.

Where there is smoke…there’s someone smoking.

Beware the wolf…in the woods.

Never underestimate the power of…hate.

Strike while the…enemy is asleep, but be careful when you do.

The Good Life

Early to bed, early to rise…makes a happy day.

Beauty is in…the heart.

Every cloud has a…dream.

Too many cooks…too good food.

Love all, trust…and you will be smart and you will have beauty.

Children should be seen and…not be gone.

All work and no play makes…play the next day.

A bird in the hand is…play.

Disappointment

Every cloud has…raindrops.

All work and no play makes…sadness.

It is always darkest before…bed.

A fool and his money shall soon be…sorry.

There’s no use crying over…the guitar.

If at first you don’t succeed…ask for help.

There is no use crying over…anything.

Every cloud has…sky.

Too many cooks…upset who they’re cooking for.

Parenting

Love all, trust…me.

Beauty is in the…smiles.

Children should be seen and…not ignored.

Beauty is in the…girl.

Beauty is…your girl.

Good fences make good…dogs.

Aesthetics

Good fences make…good flowerbeds.

Beauty is in the…garden.

Beauty is…as great as being happy.

Beauty is…as beautiful as glamorous.

The pen is mightier than the…fish.

If you lie down with the dogs…you will stink.

Too many cooks…too many messes.

Competition

One good turn…is better than none, so do not be sad.

There is no use crying over…something that can’t be first.

One good turn…one good day.

The pen is mightier than the…laser.

A miss is as good as…a goal.

One good turn…is good.

A miss is as good as…a win.

Responsibility

If you lie down with the dogs…you will have to take a bath.

You’ve made your bed and now you must…clean the car.

You’ve made your bed and now you must…clean your room.

Math

Two is company, three is…trouble.

Early to bed, early to rise, makes…early to school.

All work and no play makes…faster work.

Half a loaf is better than…no food.

Two is company, three is…3-D. A bird in the hand is worth…$200.

Social Justice

Every cloud has…its way.

A miss is as good as a…mister.

Never underestimate the power of…meat-eaters.

A rolling stone is…powerful.

Never underestimate the power of…life.

Love all, trust…makes the world just.

Love all, trust…yourself.

Never underestimate the power of YOU!

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5 Responses to “Words to the Wise: Advice to Dads from Second Graders”


  1. 1 Dawn Monday, June 16, 2008 at 6:35 am

    Those are all priceless! My favorite, though, is “The pen is mightier than the laser.” 🙂

  2. 2 Josiane Monday, June 16, 2008 at 8:06 am

    Those are great! “Never underestimate the power of… meat-eaters.” made me laugh out loud: as a vegetarian, I am reminded of it pretty much every time I’m still hungry when leaving a restaurant! 😉

  3. 3 Laura Thursday, June 19, 2008 at 7:04 am

    Great! I liked “children should be seen and not gone”…it must have been fun for the kids to do them.

  4. 4 Glenda Saturday, June 21, 2008 at 4:59 pm

    Thanks for sharing. I always did this with my second grade classes and it was one of my favorite projects. The things they come up with are amazing.

  5. 5 jackie Wednesday, June 25, 2008 at 6:37 am

    Those are great! My favorite was “If you lie down with the dogs, you will get slobbered on” Kids do say the funniest things!

    But what was your husband doing in the picture with the tall brown and gold panels?


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