3 Life Lessons I Learned From My Child
Children are certainly a blessing! The journey of parenting is long and trying at times, but one of the most rewarding things I have had a chance to experience in my lifetime. Children are beautiful gifts that don’t know about all of the negatives within the world and still have that creative spark within their youthful mind. It’s from my children that I’ve been able to learn (or reinforce!) some valuable life lessons.
Tomorrow Is a New Day
Children are very good at not taking no for an answer. Whether this be from themselves or from you as a parent, they are less likely to give up on something they want. When a child is told, “No, we cannot go to the park today, it is supposed to rain” the thought is not dismissed, but rather filed as an opportunity for tomorrow. This optimistic outlook that what isn’t possible today can certainly be done tomorrow inspires me to stop putting off big changes and make a change as soon as possible for the better. Yes tomorrow is a new day, but that does not mean it’s okay to consistently wait for tomorrow. Keep sight of your visions!
It’s Almost Never THIS Serious!
I will be the first to admit that I get caught up in the moment very easily. While I am not as dramatic as my children, I understand their genuine concern and the dismay they are feeling in situations they perceive as negative. I sometimes think to myself, If only they could see how minor this is in the grand scheme of things! They would be able to relax more and enjoy the things they have right in front of them. This same principle applies to adults and I encourage you to take a step back and try to look at any stressful situation objectively.
The Little Things = Happiness
My kids may tell you otherwise at times, but happiness does not equal opening the most expensive, grand toy at the big box retailers on Christmas Day. Happiness rather comes from the little things in life. For them, the surprise that their favorite healthy snack is ready to go when they come home, or that we engage in a friendly game of kickball for exercise because it is their favorite. Many adults have a preconceived notion that more money solves problems and equals happiness. It may make fun easier, but the little things will generate the best happiness buzz. Coming home to a home cooked meal from your spouse when you were expecting to cook or your child picking a flower from the garden. Appreciate all of the little things each day!
While adults are mostly the ones teaching children, children have a lot to offer and teach all of us adults. They are blossoming minds full of untapped wisdom!