Lessons We Can Learn from the Little Ones


As adults we want to believe we have all the answers.  We’ve been around a while, have responsibilities we never had as children.  We have life experience under our belts.  It’s our job to raise children to be productive and responsible—basically, to be just like us.   We have to teach them everything.

Or do we?

It seems that there are a few things that children can teach us about life and how to enjoy it.  Their innocence allows them to more daring, more open-minded.  They’re wiser than we think….

Lesson One:  Stop and Smell the Roses (or any other type of flower….)

smelling flowersThe wee brats in my family, especially the little girls,  have a slight peculiarity about them.  When they are outside playing, if they see flowers anywhere, they stop what they are doing and smell them, appreciate their beauty.

Everyone has heard the old cliché “stop and smell the roses,” and I think it’s funny that the kids in my family always do just that.

The lesson here is that no matter how hectic or hard life becomes for us, we should always take time to count our blessings and appreciate the world around us.  Even if it is only for a minute or two.

Lesson Two:  Have a Sense of Humor—Stop Being So Serious!

laughingMost of us have seen the videos of  laughing babies on YouTube.  Mom and dad do something as simple as ripping up a piece of paper and it sends their child into hysterics.  If you play peek-a-boo with your own infant, they giggle and shake and act like it’s the funniest thing in the world.

The lesson here is that there is always something funny in almost every situation.  Naturally you want to be serious during things like funerals and tax audits,  but in most other situations you can find the time to be a little goofy.

Lesson Three:  Try on a New Hat (Use Your Imagination)

trying on a hatLittle kids love playing dress up.  They love going into granny’s attic, opening a trunk full of old clothes, and becoming someone else.  They use their imaginations and create new friends, games, and whatever else comes to mind.  They like to explore, to create. And more often than not, they will use your freshly painted walls as a canvas for their new artwork…

The lesson here is that we should become more uninhibited in our thinking.  We should allow ourselves to be creative and to think of new and interesting ways to do things.   And, heck, if you want to draw on walls go ahead and do it.  Just be creative.

Have you let your inner child out lately, ladies and gentlemen?  If you haven’t, I think it’s about time you tried it.  You might be surprised by how good it makes you feel!

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  1. Kids really can teach us so much in so many areas. If only we adults would stop and listen. Enjoyed your post.

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  2. Hi there, my daughters are always laughing and playing with us and it can turn a day around for us. Even my daughter with special needs can have a nightmare day and then all of a sudden something will make her laugh and it is worth it’s weight in gold when you see her smile and chuckle.

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    • That’s wonderful!

      I don’t care how bad a person’s day is going, it always seems that a child’s laughter will brighten it up. I dare anyone to keep a stone face when a baby gets tickled. Babies have the best laughs. 😀

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  3. Love this post…sitting watching SpongeBob with my granddaughter right now! Thank you!

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  4. What a fabulous post!! Kids are precious and certainly can teach us a lot..– or remind us of what we have forgotten! I love to laugh and probably don\’t stop and smell the roses enough.. Although I do take the time to admire the beauty and greenness of the countryside and the wonderful full moon when it is out.. ( to mention a couple of things). As adults we do get a bit too uptight with life.. so the lessons we can get from the kids is amazing. A great idea why we should have them around all the time!

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    • I absolutely agree! Sometimes I look at myself and say, “Gee, when did I become such a fuddy duddy?” I’ve been trying to correct the fuddy duddy-ness as much as I can. 😛

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  5. Children are so wise! Just yesterday I wrote about being astonished… it makes life so much better! I love discovering kindred spirits like you out here… (thanks to the Ultimate Blog Challenge.)

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  6. Wow. Really like this.
    Thank you for referring an article from my blog. Much appreciated!
    You can count on my to visit here and read more. Gotta get back to the day job right now.
    Later!
    Alexandria

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  7. A lovely post Angie, its so true we can learn a lot from children.

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  8. Angie,
    Thought you would enjoy one of my other posts that goes along well with this. http://simplysage.org/2012/06/24/weekly-photo-challenge-create-portraits-of-success/
    I will put yours as a referred article on this one.
    I’ve read through your blog and will definitely continue to read. Hope you enjoy.
    Alexandria

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