As I mentioned in my last post, Don’t Judge A Mother, I take my son to the park regularly. And other than picking up germs, I’ve been able to pick up a few life lesson there too.
Turns out children aren’t just noisy, messy, stinky, complicated, and tiresome little creatures. They are miniature Buddhas, in diapers or pull ups.
LANGUAGE IS NOT REQUIRED
Toddlers can communicate with just a few grunts, whines, and gestures and get along just fine. If kids can get along with barely speaking at all, what’s our excuse? Then again, maybe that’s the solution? Less talking.
EVERYONE IS POTENTIALLY A NEW FRIEND
A toddler will quickly become besties with any new kid.
When was the last time you walked into a group of people and thought, “Hey! I feel like making a new friend today.”
FEAR IS NOT AN OPTION
Most toddlers are willing to try new things, climb the sides of a playground structure instead of using the stairs for example.
Adults, on the other hand, look at situations and see all the “what ifs.” But how wonderful and freeing it must be to just to say yes to life and stop thinking in fear?
THE FORGOTTEN ART OF WATCH AND LEARN
This is the proverbial, “Stop and smell the roses.” Toddlers are always willing to stop and learn from other kids because watching and learning is something toddlers do regularly.
Adults, on the other hand, are so confident in the knowledge they’ve acquired that they get complacent and stale. Learning is a skill that should be actively exercised.
LIVE BY YOUR OWN RULES
My son loves to climb up the slides. School teachers everywhere are cursing my name.However, sometimes when we do things our way, we learn more about ourselves than doing it the expected way or the way people tell us to do it.
When a toddler on the playground is bothering another toddler, typically one of them just tends to wander off.
Sometimes it’s best to walk away from conflict, instead of facing it.
Children have the amazing ability to take the simplest of objects and turn them into something fantastical. As a writer, a child’s imagination is inspiring.
Think of all the wonderful things adults could create if they took the imagination of a child and implemented it like an adult. Mind, blown!