Expecting a baby is an exciting time. Add in that I was expecting at the same time as my sister and two best friends, and the fun was multiplied a million times over. Not only were we able to share stories (and clothes), but we knew our babies would have built-in best friends. They’d have best friends to go on adventures with, make memories with, and even sometimes get in trouble with — just like Winnie the Pooh and the gang from the Hundred Acre Wood!
In fact, for all best friends, the sweetest inspiration comes from everyone’s favorite silly old bear. Here are 8 friendship lessons Winnie the Pooh has taught me and my little ones.
1. Friends Help You Discover Life’s Adventures
“As soon as I saw you, I knew an adventure was going to happen.”
I adore playtime with my little one, watching her pretend and seeing her personality develop. It’s extra magical when I see her interact with her pint-sized pals. Together, they go on so many adventures. They’re discovering the world and each developing their own sense of self.
2. It’s Always Better Together
“A day without a friend is like a pot without a single drop of honey left inside.”
Now that my little one has discovered the magic of playdates, not a day goes by when she doesn’t ask if her BFF can come to play. It’s so much more fun when you’re together.
3. It’s All About Learning to Care for Others
“A little thought, a little consideration for others, makes all the difference.”
One of the biggest benefits of having a very best friend is learning how to care for others. Protecting their feelings, learning to compromise, and being respectful can start with the earliest of friendships. Eeyore sure does have a hard time finding happiness, and his tail, but the thoughtfulness of his Hundred Acre Woods pals makes it a lot easier.
4. To Have a Friend is to Be a Friend
“A friend is one of the nicest things you can have and one of the best things you can be.”
Why is it that a toy is completely ignored until someone else is playing with it? Winnie the Pooh knows that to have a friend means to be a friend. Even if that means sharing your favorite toy.
5. Some Friends Are Forever
“We’ll be friends forever, won’t we, Pooh?” asked Piglet.
“Even longer,” Pooh answered.
As we grow many friends come and go. But there are some that we keep forever, if not even longer, as Pooh tells Piglet.
6. You’re Always Together
“If there ever comes a day when we can’t be together, keep me in your heart. I’ll stay there forever.”
Even if your friends can’t be together physically, they can stay in your heart. This powerful lesson from Winnie the Pooh is a great one when friends move away.
7. You’ve Got a Lot to Offer
“Once in a while someone amazing comes along…and here I am.”
Tigger has a lot to offer when it comes to confidence. He brings exuberance and a whole lot of bounce to his friendships. It’s never too early to build in conversations about how each of us are different and bring something special to a relationship.
8. Saying Goodbye is Hard
“How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.”
I try to warn my daughter by saying “five more minutes” as we are getting close to the end of a play date. But saying goodbye is always so tough. Pooh captured the silver lining to saying goodbye.