Beth Vrabel lives in West Manchester Township with her daughter, Emma, 6, and son, Benny, 3.

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Life lessons from Emma and Benny

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By Beth Vrabel

 

As a mother, most of my day is spent teaching, everything from how to zipper a jacket to why we say “thank you.”

           

But I never realized just how much my children would teach me.

 

 

Here are a few life lessons, courtesy of Emma, 5 (“and three-quarters”), and Benny, 2.

           

·         Dandelions are beautiful.

 

·         The cure for sadness is twirling, if you do it fast enough.

 

·         Everything tastes better with cheese or chocolate on top. Just not both.

 

·         If you’re feeling miserable, chances are you’re hungry, you’re tired or you smell bad.

 

·         If you see a ball, you should kick it or throw it. It might end up being an orange, but you should try anyway.

 

·         Ants are amazing.

 

·         Even though Mama tells you an ant won’t come back to life if you accidentally-on-purpose step on it, you still should put it on a tissue paper pillow and sing it a song. Just in case.

 

·         Puddles are meant to be jumped in, even if you are wearing brand-new sneakers.

 

·         Sometimes, if you want to be happy, you should just laugh. Eventually, other people will laugh with you and then it won’t sound so weird.

 

·         If someone is your size, he is your friend. If he’s bigger or smaller than you, he is your friend, too.

 

·         When someone is mean, stop playing with him.

 

·         Fairies are real.

 

·         Nightmares are real, too, until you tell someone about them. Then they stop.

 

·         Horses, dust bunnies and worms are creepy up close. So is Santa.

 

·         If you’re going to build a castle, you’re going to have to sit down in the sand.

 

·         When you love someone, you should sit as close as possible to her.

 

·         Sometimes you just need a hug from your mom.

           

Beth Vrabel lives York County, Pa., with her children, Emma, 5, and Benny, 2.

 

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