10 Proverbs to educate your children

Popular wisdom offers teachings that have been passed down from generation to generation. Surely you remember many proverbs that your mother and grandmother told you in childhood, which you now apply to your little ones. These proverbs to educate will help teach your children a lesson.

Proverbs are the product of an oral tradition that contains learning, which we can apply to multiple situations.

The Royal Spanish Academy defines a proverb as “a sharp and sententious saying of common use”; At the same time, Herón Pérez Martínez, a member of the Mexican Academy of Language, explains that this word comes from the Latin verb referred and defines it as:

“Sententious, concise, sharp expressions of various forms that encapsulate situations; they go by word of mouth. They function as small doses of knowledge attached to larger discourses”.

This selection of proverbs will take you back to childhood.

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Proverbs provide teachings that have passed through generations. Photo: Pixabay

• There’s no substitute for experience

It is a classic of grannies who say it when they give you advice, arguing that, due to their experience, they know more about the subject.

• If you lie down with dogs, you’ll get up with fleas

When you hang out with people your parents don’t like; this proverb comes out. If you surround yourself with bad influences, you will become like them.

• You snooze; you lose.

The accelerated dynamics that you live every day force you to stay alert. It is essential to instill in your little ones to be aware of its dangers.

• When the going gets tough, the tough get going

This saying applies when conditions become difficult people with strong character become more determined.

• Every cloud has a silver lining

Adversities will always be present; it depends on how you see them. With this saying, you teach your children to see difficulties positively.

• As you make your bed, so must you lie in it

Actions speak of you. A lesson that your little ones should learn from an early age, face the consequences of actions.

• Cut your coat according to your cloth

Social networks usually show us an image of perfection in which people show off trips, luxuries, and the best relationship as a couple or family. You must tell your little ones that what people presume is not always true.

• Actions speak louder than words

Keeping promises is an invaluable virtue. Your children should know the importance of showing their real attitudes from an early age.

• Make hay while the sun shines

Opportunities do not always come when you want them; therefore, it is important to value them, not to lose them.

• As you sow, so shall you reap

Complicity makes you as guilty as the one who makes the mischief. You should explain to your children that they should not cover it up when someone does something wrong.

Which ones do you use? Tell us on Facebook what other proverbs you know.

Translated by: Ligia M. Oliver Manrique de Lara

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