We are always trying to teach our children. New ideas, new concepts, new ways to do things. But when was the last time you let your child teach you something? The last time you quietly watched them and thought about the lessons you could learn from your child? I try to do this as much as possible and there are some great things to be learned if you open your mind and take a minute to look. Here are five things that you can learn from your child right now.
5 Lessons You Can Learn From Your Child:
Embrace childish curiosity. What will kids do if they want to know something bad enough? Thats right, they usually bug mom or dad. Kids ask a million and one questions. Then you think they’re through and they’ve got another million and two. They will keep asking and asking and asking right up to the point of driving you nuts. But guess what? They usually get some kind of answer. Kids use their curiosity to learn. Have you ever noticed that while adults are stepping on bugs, children are studying them? A child’s curiosity is what helps them learn and think and grow.
When was the last time you were truly, crazily, unapologetically excited? So excited that you couldn’t sleep. You couldn’t think straight? Kids have a way of getting excited about daily, mundane things and this is an enthusiasm that we could all use more of. Learn from your child to look forward to the little things again. It might be a good meal, time with a friend, or simply a nap on a Saturday afternoon. Get excited and show that excitement… it is contagious!
Happiness. Clear, simple, smiley faced happiness. For no other reason than it’s a sunny day. It’s a rainy day. It’s ANY day! Kids are happy just to be alive. The get pure joy out of a fun game or a big cookie. Pizza on a Friday night sleep over is like winning the lottery! That is a major lesson that every adult could learn from and carry forward. Life is short and fleeting and we all deserve more pure, innocent joy.
Most kids will eagerly jump at the chance to try almost anything. Experimenting is part of childhood. Try a gross food. Explore a spooky cave. Put on crazy socks. Dissect that chemistry frog. What do you have to lose? Adults often lose the sense of adventure that goes along with trying new things. Maybe we are sacred, maybe we are worried about what others might think, maybe we are just too old and boring! Whatever the reason, it is high time that we get back to taking some risks and stepping outside the box. Outside our comfort zone. Experiment with something new now and then!
Yep, the world is a tough place full of bad things and troubling times. It is a given that we all become jaded as we get older. It is easy to lose hope that things will work out for the best. But this is one area where you can really learn from your child and rely on kids to get you through. Children have not yet seen the heartaches and stress and trouble that adults see. Kids expect everything to be fine. They expect a better day tomorrow. They expect life to somehow just “work out!” Kids can remind us adults that not everything needs to be headed toward “gloom and doom” and, just maybe, we can indeed find a way to figure everything out. Trust me, there are worse things in the world than going through your day with the optimism of an eight year old!
Do you learn from your child? What do your children help you remember or teach you a new appreciation for?
Rob Youngblood is a Dad, Keynote Speaker, Life and Communication Coach, Emmy Award Winning TV Host, Writer, and Storyteller. Learn more about him at www.studioyoungblood.com. You can also follow him on Facebook.