Everything You Need To Know About Life, As Explained By A 6-Year-Old

Sophia is wise beyond her years

Sophia is wise beyond her years

At only 6 years old, not only is Sophia one of the youngest Short grandchildren, but she's also one of the smartest members of the family. In fact, her perceptive quips, astute questions, and insightful responses remain proof positive that this elementary schooler might just be the experienced life coach we've long been looking for. 

Click through to see some of this little lady's polished pearls of wisdom, as dispensed on past episodes of Life In Pieces.
On how to deal with trust issues

On how to deal with trust issues

When her parents, Heather and Tim, broke the news that the Tooth Fairy, Santa Claus, and the Easter Bunny were all a lie in the series pilot, Sophia's world was obviously rocked and she said personal reflection was necessary to get her through this eye-opening time.
On realizing she's been lied to

On realizing she's been lied to

Sophia might be young, but she's no dummy, which is why she whipped out the big introspective guns upon learning certain things in her life were a lie.
On childhood

On childhood

As a modern woman girl, Sophia thought it only fair that she, too, have a cell phone like the rest of her family.

Since asking her parents for one doesn't go well, the smarty pants turns on the charm with her grandfather John to manipulate him into getting her one in "Babe Secret Phone Germs" (Episode 5, Season 1). 
On the importance of privacy

On the importance of privacy

In "Babe Secret Phone Germs," the defiant darling figured out a way to get a phone behind her parents' backs and went to great lengths to keep it a secret because Sophia knows that loose lips lose texting privileges. 
On taking chances

On taking chances

What's life without a little danger? Sometimes you have to live on the edge and that's exactly what Sophia did when she took a risk and stuck a peanut up her nose in "Prison Baby Golf Picking."
On being flexible

On being flexible

As an open-minded individual, Sophia is willing to listen to other people's opinions.

Remember that time a vegan activist told her about the harsh reality of meat consumption? Initially, the free-spirited youth was all about embracing a meatless lifestyle, but when she learned that meant she wouldn't be able to indulge in grilled cheese sandwiches, she decided to stick to her gut—and that gut really enjoys grilled cheese sandwiches.
On having self confidence

On having self confidence

Some call that "chutzpah," and Sophia's got it in spades.

How else do you explain an argument with her mother, Heather, about who Sophia's dad, Tim, loved the most. In "Interruptus Date Breast Movin'," Sophia impressed the importance of never selling yourself short, even if that meant mildly offending your mom.
On dealing with life's tough times

On dealing with life's tough times

It could take years, even decades, for a person to realize that, in order to truly enjoy the spoils of life, one has to also endure the challenges.

Lucky for Sophia, she's got this mantra on lock—and she's only six!
On supporting others

On supporting others

When Joan faces the major dilemma of breaking up with her hairstylist, she turns to wise Sophia for help in "Ponzi Sex Paris Bounce." Wanting to make sure her grandmother is prepared for the worst, the little girl role-plays the part of said stylist until Joan is confident she can walk away with her head held high.

She might be young, but Sophia knows you can't win at life without supporting the ones you love. 

 
On dreaming big

On dreaming big

Sure, Sophia likes to play like any other 6-year-old child, but this insightful soul never misses a moment to sit and ponder life's big questions, like how many TVs she wants in her bedroom when she gets older. 
On choosing your own path

On choosing your own path

When deciding what you want to do with your life, it's important to stay true to yourself and not place too much weight on the opinions of others. That's how her uncle Matt learned his niece was aspiring to be a model, movie star, or senator. Sky's the limit!
On managing expectations

On managing expectations

Acing her piano solo wasn't a top priority for Sophia, who made her parents, Heather and Tim, incredibly nervous by not practicing before her big recital on "Hair Recital Rainbow Mom" (Episode 17, Season 1). Though she didn’t play as well as some of her classmates, there was a reason why she didn't bother to improve her piano skills: the kid slated to go after her was an even worse pianist, so anything she played would be genius by comparison.

Lesson learned? If something isn’t your passion, you don’t have to strive to be the best. Sometimes good enough is good enough, right?
On suffering for the betterment of the group

On suffering for the betterment of the group

Sophia's parents might've been angry when she was benched during a recent soccer game, but the smart little tyke realized her participation wasn't necessary for her team to win a pizza party on "Soccer Gigi TV Mikey" (Episode 15, Season 1). Instead, Sophia understood that sometimes you have to sacrifice being in the spotlight in order to help the group, as a whole.
On being memorable

On being memorable

When Sohpia's big brother, Tyler, was looking for ways to become a school legend, Sophia gave her two cents on how to stand out from the crowd on "Party Lobster Gym Sale" (Episode 13, Season 1).

For more important life lessons, courtesy of Sophia, watch Life In Pieces on Thursdays at 8:30/7:30c after The Big Bang Theory.