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15 Winnie-the-Pooh Quotes Parents Should Revisit

"I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost."

Ernest H. Shepard/Dutton Books for Young Readers

This Friday, Christopher Robin comes to theaters, with the live-action Disney film telling the story of a grown-up Christopher reuniting with his best bud, Winnie-the-Pooh Bear. Despite having been created almost a century ago, Pooh Bear remains beloved by countless fans all around the world. And while Winnie is now known for his appearances in countless movies, cartoons, and theme park rides, it can be easy to forget that the honey-loving stuffed bear originally came to life in two books, Winnie-The-Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner, written by author A.A. Milne. These classic books may have been written for kids but that doesn’t mean there’s not plenty of great advice for adults. Here are 15 quotes from the original books that may help you be a better parent, or, just a better person.

When You Are 20 Minutes Behind Schedule and Your Kid Won’t Put Their Shoes On
“Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there someday.”

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When This Whole Parenting Thing Won’t Stop Kicking Your Ass
“You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think.”

When You’re in Helicopter Parenting Mode But Your Kid Needs a Little Space
“Love is taking a few steps backward, maybe even more…to give way to the happiness of the person you love.”

When Your Kid Starts Crying As You’re Leaving for Work
“How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard?”

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When Your Spouse Starts Questioning If You Know Where You’re Going
“I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.”

When You’re On Your Last Nerve And Your Kid Throws Their Food on the Floor
“A little consideration, a little thought for others, makes all the difference.”

When You’re Overwhelmed By How Much Your Love Your Kid
“Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.”

When Your Kid Doesn’t Like Your Taste in Music
“Poetry and Hums aren’t things which you get, they’re things which get you. And all you can do is to go where they can find you.”

When You Spent the Entire Weekend Sitting on the Couch Watching Netflix
“People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day.”

When Your Kid Doesn’t Laugh at One of Your Awesome Jokes
“The things that make me different are the things that make me.”

When Your Kid Refuses to Come to Dinner Even Though You’ve Asked Them 25 Times
“If the person you are talking to doesn’t appear to be listening, be patient. It may simply be that he has a small piece of fluff in his ear.”

When Your Kid Says Something Mean and Accidentally Hurts Your Feelings
“Just because an animal is large, it doesn’t mean he doesn’t want kindness; however big Tigger seems to be, remember that he wants as much kindness as Roo.”

When Your Kid Points Out an Embarrassing Mistake You Made
“My spelling is Wobbly. It’s good spelling but it Wobbles, and the letters get in the wrong places.”

When Your Kid Is Afraid to Go Out Into the World and Explore
“You can’t stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.”

When Your Kid Refuses to Go to Sleep
“I think we dream so we don’t have to be apart for so long. If we’re in each other’s dreams, we can be together all the time.”