How many of these top 50 WORDS OF WISDOM have you said to your kids?


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From financial advice to basic manners - how many of these top 50 words of wisdom have you passed on to your chidren?

As a parent, schooling your children in 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 Skipton Building Society has revealed the top 50 most common words of wisdom.

But how many of them have you said to your children? Check out the list below and let us know on Facebook or Twitter!

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  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 in the table

  16. SMILE

  17. Practice makes perfect

  18. Look after your pennies and the pounds will look after themselves

  19. Courtesy and compassion cost nothing

  20. Treat others how you wish to be treated yourself

  21. You only get out of life what you put into it

  22. ‘I want’ never gets

  23. Mind your p’s and q’s

  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. Mum knows best

  39. The grass is never greener

  40. Always eat your breakfast

  41. Life’s too short to be unhappy

  42. Always have 2 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 lift

  48. Don’t smoke in the street

  49. Never let your petrol tank go lower than a quarter full

  50. Men are very different creatures to women


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