The Words Every Schoolchild Should Say

“I like me. I love me. I’m a good kid. There’s greatness in me.”

Last fall, my 4-year-old son came home reciting these words that he’d learned at pre-school. I was simply floored. “What is that?” I asked. “My mantra,” his squeaky voice replied with a surprising matter-of-factness. He continued, “… because I’m a leader, not a follower.”

And that’s when I decided I’d never let him let go of those words. I grabbed my camera and recorded his mantra. So, as my husband and I look forward to our son's first day of Kindergarten, together we will recite these words: 


Journalist, podcaster and southpaw Shelby Skrhak is the former director of digital content and social media for Before joining SUCCESS magazine, Shelby launched the weekly suburban newspaper Plano Insider, and covered topics ranging from cops and courts to transportation and fashion. Her handwriting should be a font.

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