What I’ve Learned So Far

What I’ve Learned So Far

From Chicken Soup for the Preteen Soul

What I’ve Learned So Far

Never try to get corn off the cob with a fork.

When playing in the gym, beware of steel beams.

Never let guys in your room on an overnight school trip.

The condiments at meals are not toys.

Before you give a kid Listerine, make sure that he knows not to swallow it.

NEVER throw up in a vent.

Melissa Amyx, fourteen

Don’t try to baptize your neighbor’s cat, especially with a hose.

Marleigh Dunlap, thirteen

Some teachers are there to teach and that’s all, but others are there to watch and help you grow.

Janne Perona, thirteen

Everything you do in your life cannot be taken back.

Family is the most important gift of all.

Be true to yourself and it won’t matter if others aren’t true to you.

Nikki Chance, fifteen

Don’t be afraid to make new friends and expand your relationships with other friends.

Reanna Grissom, twelve

Don’t trust anyone who knows how to give a wedgie.

Sylvia Lares, nine

If you have something bad to tell your mom, tell her when she’s on the phone.

Brennan Shaw, eleven

Never let a stain from the past make a mark on your future.

Jillian Graham, twelve

Read lots of stuff written in the 1700s, it’ll make you smarter.

Dena Soffer, ten

Never put your tongue on a really cold metal pole.

Joshua White, twelve

Never eat unsweetened chocolate. Yuk!

Dylan Dudley, seven

If you give your enemy a second chance they might turn out to be your best friend.

Mandy Tallant, twelve

Always pretend you understand what the Spanish teacher is saying.

Tarek Audi, fifteen

Never trust your fifteen-year-old uncle to make dinner.

George Preston, fourteen

Never eat prunes, no matter what your grandma says.

Melanie Hansen, twelve

Never fall asleep during a field trip if your friends have toothpaste with them.

Filipe Romero, thirteen

Don’t use words that you don’t understand to impress someone. It can be very embarrassing.

Chastity Sezate, thirteen

Make sure to look at yourself in the mirror before you leave the house, especially if you’re going somewhere important.

Carol Rodriguez, thirteen

Don’t let older siblings get the best of you; that’s just what they want.

Gladys Lau, twelve

You can’t run away from your fears, unless it’s a wasp.

Michael Betancourt, twelve

If your dad asks you, “Do you think I’m an idiot?” carefully consider your answer.

Liz Hansen, fourteen

Your food ends up in your lap when you sit too far away from the table.

Cory Price, nine

With my wheelchair, I can run faster than anyone else in my class and I can write faster than anyone with my computer.

Becca Yurcek, ten

When your parents yell at you they still love you.

Santana Hubert, ten

Pay attention in class. That way, when the teacher calls on you, you won’t make a goof of yourself and have to ask, “What was the question?”

Courtney Stewart, twelve

Sometimes it’s nice to be important, but it’s always important to be nice.

Kaleigh Cronin, ten

Never play with a baby right after it finishes eating.

Don’t bother your cousin when she is on the phone with a guy.

Jade Mason, thirteen

When something bad happens to you, think about someone out there who may have a bigger problem.

Never underestimate the power of love and friendship.

Never laugh with a piece of chocolate in your mouth.

Melissa Quincosa, thirteen

Don’t eat noodles when you are wearing your retainer; they get stuck in there and it’s really hard to get them out.

Ashley Fannon, thirteen

Even if dinner looks disgusting, it doesn’t mean it will taste that way.

Have boys for friends, not just for boyfriends.

No matter how much I learn, there is always stuff I don’t know.

Chelsey Rice, eight

Having had over nine surgeries by the age of fourteen, I will never again take for granted the gift of walking.

Vanessa Cupo, fourteen

If you want to make a difference, get off your butt and do it.

Danielle Relue, thirteen

Begging works, but don’t rely on it. You don’t always get what you want.

Melissa Lansford, thirteen

Play the hand that God has dealt you to the best of your ability. You never know what the next card will be.

Jacqueline Christy, thirteen

When you are waiting for your mom to finish her haircut, don’t spin on the chair or you’ll throw up your lunch.

Lorin Padgurskis, ten

Never play basketball by your parents’ new car.

Kaitlyn Sweeney, twelve

Don’t flush the toilet when your older sister is in the shower getting ready for a date.

Weston Dunlap, ten

It takes years to build up trust, and seconds to destroy it.

Dijana Atikovic, twelve

When you are cleaning your room, don’t shove stuff under your bed, in your closet or under your dresser. You just end up cleaning those places, too.

Eddie Holtz, eleven

Who I am is not what I have but what I try my best at.

Julie Lundgren, eleven

When you are sick or sad, laughter is the best medicine.

Aaron Snyder, eleven

Keep dreaming and you may be writing the next Chicken Soup book.

Jason Trusso, eleven

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