Thursday, June 30, 2016

When Did My Kids Get So Smart? Channeling Your Inner Child.


As a parent, you spend a LOT of time teaching your children. How to walk, how to use the toilet, how to tie their shoes, how to use a spoon, how to do long division - you get the idea. But sometimes if you are lucky and you sit back and listen - they have lots to teach you, too! Here are some things I have learned about life from my boys.


If you don't like it - don't eat it. I know, having a picky eater can be frustrating. But really - WHY do they have to eat broccoli if they like carrots? WHY do I force myself to eat foods I don't like because they are 'healthy' when there are many other foods I do like that are just as good for me? Life is too short to eat the broccoli. (P.S. I don't like broccoli.)


Moving is FUN! My boys run around the backyards playing football. For fun. They have NO CLUE that they are getting exercise in. Kids all over my neighborhood right now are riding bikes, playing basketball, splashing around in the pool, and running through sprinklers. I am sitting on the couch half watching a Big Bang Theory re-run. Hang on a second - I am going to shoot some hoops!


Friends are amazing. My boys will rush through their chores just so they can go to a friend's house and play. I get an invite for lunch with a friend and think of a million other things I should be doing. My dear friends, I am sorry. Let's go out and play! You know what they say about all work!


Say NO! How many times will your toddler tell you no when she doesn't want to do something you have asked? Where did we lose this? Now when someone asks me to do something I don't want to do - I smile politely and take on the responsibility. My inner two year old really needs to speak up sometimes . . .  she is not happy!


Simple things are the best. How many of us have spent a fortune on a new toy, just to have the kids play with the box it comes in? The simplest things make kids happy sometimes. Learn to re-love the simple joys in life like a good summer thunderstorm or a walk through the woods. 


Quiet time is good. Do you have an adult coloring book? GET ONE! Life is crazy. And loud. And hectic. Sometimes, I just want to put on some comfy PJ's and color. Bonus points if you do it from a blanket fort.


Life is full of magic. As adults, we tend to overlook the most amazing of things. Butterflies fluttering through the air, a big and full moon, wildflowers on the side of the road, birds chirping outside, fairies playing in our gardens. Wish on a star and blow dandelions in the wind. Don't forget to find the magic in your day.


What has a child taught you about life?

17 comments:

  1. My child has taught me not to sweat the small stuff but she's also taught me that it's ok to cry over spilled milk, lol. It's just funny that the things we worry about she just ignores it and goes about her merry way. Gotta love kids!

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  2. Kids really are smart these days. I look at my 11 year old and think all the time how he is SO MUCH smarter than I was at that age.

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  3. Such lovely lessons and photos. Simple things truly are the best, moving can be fun, and I'm totally against forcefeeding kids. I personally love broccoli, and so does my baby, but any veggie she likes is fine with me, as long as she's eating.

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  4. I love this post. I have been having a lot of family issues going on lately and I feel so burdened. I am happy you shared these lessons. I will remember them and incorporate them in my life. I know I will feel more childlike and happy. So great!

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  5. My child has taught me that I don't have to be satisfied with the skin I'm in. I can do whatever I want and I should pursue those dreams!

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  6. My child has taught me that people do really love you. I grew up with horrid parents and was never sure if I wanted to have kids because of the example I was given. I adore my kids!

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  7. I know parents are supposed to teach their children, but our Mini Me teaches us so much. She really has a way of looking at things that make me stop and look at them differently.

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  8. I swear my kids know so much more than I did at their age! I really need to channel my inner kid more often!

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  9. Such good points. There are so many bits of wisdom from being a child that we forget as we grow up.

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  10. Goodness! Quite time is good is what I wish to teach my 1yr old!! I just wish he'd develop a love for books like I do.

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  11. I love this! Each of my three kids are so different and they all have taught me something. Thanks so much for sharing.

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  12. Great insights - our kids teach us so much! I have the same attitude about peas that you have about broccoli. Like is too short to eat things you don't like just because someone told you that you "should"!

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  13. Oh my gosh, I love everything about this. So funny about the broccoli! I especially love the idea of saying no. I too am guilty of taking on too much because I just want to help, but then I get overwhelmed.

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  14. I love the perspective of this. As adults, we tend to complicate things. When does that happen?

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  15. I learned from my nephew to create more special moments with family. He is really big on holidays and everyone eating at the table together, and I used to take that for granted.

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  16. Saying no is something that serves kids well into adolescence. It's important for parents to establish boundaries early on.

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  17. Haha we need to be more like kids again, I remember those days of carefree playing, its a shame real life got in the way. This is what an adult feels like lol x

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