8 Things Children Can Teach Adults
As we age, we outgrow the child in us. We become stiff like the weed than the flower that sways in the wind. Gradually, the child in us disappears and then comes the day, we forget to smile. The beauty of the world that once mesmerized us becomes a delusion as if reserved for the next generation to admire. So, do a few strands of grey hair qualify you as a grandma or grandpa?
In fact, saying this would be unfair to the grandparents in the world, as they aged they regained their childlike qualities. Come on, who is going to wait this long? You need to find a way to get them back, immediately. The best way is to spend time with a child to observe their every action so you can find your inner child again. So, let children be the teachers and learn the following eight things from them:
1. Listen to Your Gut
“He likes me, he likes me not,” said the girl, picking petals off the flower. Where some people will see this behavior as cute, we diagnose this is as the beginning symptoms of distress. Soon, the symptoms will worsen and every little issue will seem bigger than it should.
Therefore, do what the kids do. Listen to your gut! The little sweethearts make a decision and don’t feel guilty about it either as they rather worry about the girl having cooties than the decision to eat a cookie.
2. Live for Today, not Tomorrow
You, my friend, will be a total party pooper if you bring up issues that will dampen the party mood. You are with your friends, enjoying the movie, so why let your thoughts wonder to something that you should worry about tomorrow?
In fact, why worry at all? If you studied, you probably aced it anyway and if you didn’t…, let’s not go there. Here are a few words of advice, forget the future, forgot the past, and like children, live for today, not tomorrow.
3. Keep on Believing
Just because a few events that occurred in your life didn’t go in your favor, doesn’t mean they define who you are. Your actions, your dreams, and your words define who you are. Look at the bad events as boo-boos and put a Band-Aid on them to heal them. When children can believe in the tooth fairy and Santa Claus, can’t you believe in a little luck?
4. Speak Your Mind
Voice your opinion! Most of us have a big voice when it comes to picking a fight with someone and yelling at them. When you really need that big voice, the only sound that comes out is a squeak. Therefore, speak your mind at the right time and use your voice, not to fight, but to get your point across. For instance, children aren’t afraid to tell a grownup that they don’t look good in that shirt or dress. We bet you have heard the brutal truth about you, at least once, from a child.
5. Admit Your Faults
Saying sorry, for most grownups, is like pressing the red “danger” button. Whatever you do, don’t make them apologize. If you do, you may never find them again. However, it’s the total opposite for kids who will say sorry in an instant, especially if that means a warm hug and a sweet kiss from their parents. Learn to say you are sorry; it really isn’t such a big deal as most grownups make out to be.
6. Value People
Have you ever heard a child talk about their friends? They can talk about their best friend non-stop and if you jokingly say something bad, they are quick to come to his or her defense. However, when children turn into grownups, “friends” doesn’t have the same ring to it as before.
You become so wrapped up in your life; you may forget to value the people close to you. If this describes you, call up your parents, friends, and anyone that influenced your life. It’s never too late to tell them that they matter.
7. Be Curious
Being curious is not a curse, but a blessing. It shows your willingness to learn and explore new areas of your life. Unfortunately, as you grow older, being curious means taking risks. So, you stop taking the leaps of faith. Children, on the other hand, are a curious bunch that ask questions and want to try everything without caring if they would fail or not.
8. Be Imaginative
Children play with the most ordinary things such as pots and pans. The funny thing is that they can play with such toys for hours without getting bored. The next day, they play with them again. In their minds, the pots and pans is not something you cook food in, but is a hat or a magical sword. Their creativity is what you need to learn as it’s creativity that will help you achieve your dreams.
Be like children, think like children, and act like children.
A Selection of Quotes About Children
“You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child.” ~ Dr. Seuss
“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” ~ Pablo Picasso
“A child miseducated is a child lost.” ~ John F. Kennedy
“One test of the correctness of educational procedure is the happiness of the child.” ~ Maria Montessori
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