The Top 50 Words of Wisdom Grandparents Love to Share With Any Kid Who'll Listen

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As a grandparent, teaching your grandchildren the best ways to get the most out of life is one of your most important jobs. And the way many of us do that is by passing on little words of wisdom — many of which were passed down to us by our parents.

And now, a survey by the U.K.'s Skipton Building Society has revealed the top 50 most common words of wisdom. How many of them have you said to your grandchildren?

Top 50 words parents pass down to their children.

  1. Always try your best.
  2. If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.
  3. Get an education — no one can take that away from you.
  4. Never spend money you don’t have.
  5. If you don’t ask, you don’t get.
  6. Eat with your mouth closed.
  7. Put money aside for a rainy day.
  8. Never take sweets from strangers.
  9. Do your best — nothing else matters.
  10. Keep your elbows off the table.
  11. Never swim on a full stomach.
  12. Treat people with respect.
  13. There’s no such word as "can’t."
  14. You never get something for nothing.
  15. Don’t put shoes on the table.
  16. SMILE.
  17. Practice makes perfect.
  18. Look after your pennies, and the dollars will look after themselves.
  19. Courtesy and compassion cost nothing.
  20. Treat others how you wish to be treated.
  21. You only get out of life what you put into it.
  22. "I want" never gets.
  23. Mind your language.
  24. Manners maketh the man.
  25. Always wear clean underwear.
  26. Don’t stare at people — it’s rude.
  27. Watching too much TV will make your eyes go square.
  28. Be true to yourself.
  29. Always hold the door open.
  30. Never leave the house with wet hair.
  31. Never drink on an empty stomach.
  32. Never go to bed on an argument.
  33. Look up things you don’t know the answer to.
  34. Never go under a ladder.
  35. Never give up.
  36. Receive compliments gracefully.
  37. Don’t wear your coat indoors.
  38. Mom knows best.
  39. The grass is never greener on the other side.
  40. Always eat your breakfast.
  41. Life’s too short to be unhappy.
  42. Always have two month’s rent/mortgage saved.
  43. Don’t eat cheese before bedtime.
  44. Give compliments easily.
  45. Use a hand cream.
  46. Don’t eat in the street.
  47. Never offer a stranger a ride.
  48. Don’t smoke in the street.
  49. Never let your gas tank go lower than a quarter full.
  50. Men are very different creatures than women.

This post was written by the editors of Closer. For more, check out our sister site Closer.

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