Did you know Shakespeare turns 450 today! I know right, if he were a zombie, that’s an awful lot of slow-moving carrion to get through.
I’m a huge Shakespeare fan. In my theatre days, I have to admit a particular penchant for playing such characters as Hecate and Lady Macbeth—you know, the classically mad ones (with a side serve of witchypoo). This is a skill I’ve certainly put to good use as a parent.
In truth, no-one really knows the date Shakespeare was born. He was baptised on the 23rd April 1564, so that’s his generally accepted birth date. He had three kids and probably used some, if not all, of these pearlers of Shakespearean wisdom on them.
- On listening to your kid rabbit on for 10 minutes about the new Alice Miranda book but not really saying anything—Brevity is the soul of wit—Hamlet.
- On your kid whinging, “but whhhhhyyyyy”—Every why hath a wherefore—Comedy of Errors
- On your kid swearing black and blue that they “will make my bed tomorrow”—Action is eloquence—Coriolanus
- On finding a festy chocolate gold coin stuffed between two couch cushions—All that glisters is not gold—The Merchant of Venice
- On discouraging your kids from ever having a love life—Some Cupid kills with arrows, some with traps—Much Ado About Nothing.
- Same as #1, but with slightly more esotericism—Give every man thy ear, but few thy voice—Hamlet
- On the fundamentals of growing up to be a functioning adult—This above all: to thine own self be true—Hamlet
- On your kids moaning that they wanted a rabbit-shaped easter egg, not an egg shaped one—How sharper than a serpent’s tooth it is to have a thankless child—King Lear
- On your kid missing the school bell for the 5th time that week—Delays have dangerous ends—Henry VI Pt. I (my personal fave play!)
But wait, there’s more! You didn’t think I’d let you off an Elizabethan dramaturgical lesson that easily did you? If you like these, go check out my original list—10 Shakespeare Quotes you can Use on your Kids.
That’s all, or to quote Shakespeare—”All’s Well that Ends Well”.