I sincerely believe that it is far more beneficial and far less costly to help a child build confidence than it is to fix an adult who has little or none.

10 things that small children teach us

on August 20, 2013

little girl in redSmall children are in many ways wiser than most adults.  They see life through eyes that are innocent, trusting and uncomplicated.  Children don’t have all the baggage that we collect as we go through life.  If we start teaching them proper values right from the day they are born and continue to reinforce these values by being a positive role model, they will grow up to be responsible, caring adults.    Small children can actually teach adults some valuable lessons.  Here are just a few:

1) How to express feelings – You can just look at a child’s face and know whether they are happy, sad, upset or angry.  They don’t hide their feelings like many adults do.

2) How to fail successfully – Watch a child who is learning to walk.  They fall, get up, fall again, get up, fall again……. They don’t beat themselves up for failing and they don’t care what you think.  They just keep trying until they are successful.

3) How to forgive – Fighting over toys is a common occurrence but it doesn’t take long before long they are playing happily together again.  They don’t hold grudges.Boys Laughing with Video Game

4) How to enjoy life – Young children enjoy having fun and don’t care if there is always a purpose to what they are doing.

5) How to be a good friend – Having friends is important to our happiness.  Children are never too busy to spend time with their friends.

6) How to be open-minded – Trying new things is easy for young children as they haven’t set any habits, good or bad.  They ask lots of questions because they are eager to learn.

boy with binoculars

7) How to focus on one thing – Young children concentrate on doing just one thing.  They don’t get all stressed out by trying to multi-task.

8) How to use imagination – Our dreams and goals are fuelled by our imagination.  Children use this ability to discover new and exciting things.

9) How to exercise – Young children are always on the go.  They love playing games, running, jumping and anything else that involves body movement.  Exercise is fun!

10) How to love others – Love is the most important thing and children just naturally love those around them.   They don’t know anything about hate until they see it demonstrated by those around them.

What have you learned from your children or the children you are in contact with?

2 responses to “10 things that small children teach us

  1. Love this analogy….children remind us what Love is. CHildren teach me that we have a future and we shouldn’t just live for the present….they encourage me to be honest with myself and others because they are watching and emulating!!!!

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