Learning from our Children

I never cease to be amazed by a child’s world. So often it is something that I take for granted. A child grows, a child learns, a child grows, a child learns…a child lives! Life is an exciting experience for children because every day they learn so much! We are also continuously learning as adults but the process for us is more tedious and difficult. Yet a child practically absorbs all the knowledge he/she comes in contact with.

My kids teach me something new each day. They are a support when I need them most! One day I was lying on my bed crying. It had been a particularly difficult day and I felt really low. We all have those moments, don’t we? My seven year-old son came into the room and caught my teary eyes. At first I wanted to hide but then my heart told me to just be natural about my emotions around him. Right away he tenderly said, “what’s wrong mommy? Can I help you?” I told him that I was feeling sad and that I was unhappy with myself. I told him a child-version of my problem and my thoughts. He responded by reaching out to me, telling me not to worry, telling me that my negative thoughts were not true. And then, to top it off, he gave me a big hug and told me he loved me. I thought, wow, some people study years of modern psychology in order to be able to do what he had just done!

Kids have such pure faith and a positive outlook on life. We, as parents, teachers, and caretakers, must learn to let them influence our lives!

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