10 deep things about life I learned from taking preschoolers really seriously

I once asked my 7-year old-cousin to define confidence. Her answer was, "Confidence is ... confidence!" And no one was ever more right.

Kids have all the confidence in the world — and are way more right than most people think. Preschool teacher Leslie McCollom agrees.

After hearing pearls of tiny human wisdom every day, she started Preschool Gems to share the unfiltered insights of her students with the world.



They're a little absurd, but they make so much sense!

I looked through these morsels of preschooler wisdom from Preschool Gems, and here are the wise lessons they taught me.

1. Germs are OK.

2. Brokenness is part of being human.

Is this kid Yoda?

3. Life's a parade.


This tweet has guru status in my life.

4. Listen to your body, even if its signals are a little hazy.


It helps you when you're deciding what to eat or how much farther to run or whether you're really gonna move that couch all by yourself. Listening to your body! Yes.

5. The term "moms" isn't necessarily biological.


Mom first. Biology: afterthought.

6. Boundaries are important in relationships!


Speaking your mind and standing in your truth will only make life simpler.

7. It's important to find physical activity that works for YOU.


8. We must deal with the inevitability of death as part of life.


Whoa. Deep.

9. Fruits and vegetables deserve a deeper analysis.




10. We can — and do — contain multitudes!


This kid will not be confined to norms of toughness. He owns his myriad feelings with panache.

I love these gems. They just go to show: Wisdom is all around us if we just listen.

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Inside the walls of her kitchen at her childhood home in Guatemala, Evelyn Klohr, the founder of a Washington, D.C.-area bakery called Kakeshionista, was taught a lesson that remains central to her business operations today.

"Baking cakes gave me the confidence to believe in my own brand and now I put my heart into giving my customers something they'll enjoy eating," Klohr said.

While driven to launch her own baking business, pursuing a dream in the culinary arts was economically challenging for Klohr. In the United States, culinary schools can open doors to future careers, but the cost of entry can be upwards of $36,000 a year.

Through a friend, Klohr learned about La Cocina VA, a nonprofit dedicated to providing job training and entrepreneurship development services at a training facility in the Washington, D.C-area.

La Cocina VA's, which translates to "the kitchen" in Spanish, offers its Bilingual Culinary Training program to prepare low-and moderate-income individuals from diverse backgrounds to launch careers in the food industry.

That program gave Klohr the ability to fully immerse herself in the baking industry within a professional kitchen facility and receive training in an array of subjects including culinary skills, food safety, career development and English language classes.

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Passerby Kaleb Hall (@kalebhall00 on TikTok) noticed the officer cleaning up the site and asked him what he was doing here. Kaleb had already thought the behavior a little uncharacteristic, "a cop cleaning up trash in the hood," so he went over to inquire.

After explaining that Shelby's memorial was in his patrol area and that he guessed her family had moved away, Officer Stagg told Kaleb, "no one's keeping it up anymore, so I just wanna make sure it stays kept up."

Stagg had noticed the memorial had become surrounded by overgrown grass, weeds and trash. After driving past it every day, Officer Stagg thought enough was enough.


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Chewy, the pet retailer who has dedicated themselves to supporting shelters and rescues throughout the country, recognized the important work of a couple in Tampa, FL who have been taking professional photos of shelter pets to help get them adopted.

"If it's a photo of a scared animal, most people, subconsciously or even consciously, are going to skip over it," pet photographer Adam Goldberg says. "They can't visualize that dog in their home."

Adam realized the importance of quality shelter photos while working as a social media specialist for the Humane Society of Broward County in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

"The photos were taken top-down so you couldn't see the size of the pet, and the flash would create these red eyes," he recalls. "Sometimes [volunteers] would shoot the photos through the chain-link fences."

That's why Adam and his wife, Mary, have spent much of their free time over the past five years photographing over 1,200 shelter animals to show off their unique personalities to potential adoptive families. The Goldbergs' wonderful work was recently profiled by Chewy in the video above entitled, "A Day in the Life of a Shelter Pet Photographer."