Small, innocent eyes looking up at you, a tiny mind thinking the world of you and happy little hands tugging along wherever you go! Little children bring you joy. I was a part of this mad rush we call life, till a few interactions with my little boy made me slow down.
Children look at life from a different angle which we fail to notice. To learn from them, all you need is to spend some quality time with them. These are a few life lessons that my little boy taught me.
Interesting Life Lessons You Can Learn From Children
Forgive And Forget
Practically every self healing course and personality development programme in this world emphasises that the most important step towards healing your body is to forget your past and forgive those who may have wronged you. This is also the most difficult step to conquer. Not for kids, though.
My little one had an argument with his playmate over who rides his bicycle real fast! They did a cycling race and both claimed to have won the race. They came to blows eventually. The other kid’s mother and I had to separate them. The next day, my son insisted on playing with the same kid again. I politely refused reminding him of the fight they had. He says, “That was yesterday, mumma! He was my enemy yesterday. Today he is my friend. Please let me go and play.” I mumble an ‘Okay’ hesitantly, looking over my balcony, hoping history doesn’t repeat itself. Thankfully, I see the other boy waiting for my son. Soon they play, laugh and have fun as if nothing had happened the day before.
Ask yourself, how many hurtful experiences are you still harbouring in your mind? Empty that space right away. A negative mindset allows disease to manifest in the body. Replace every worrisome thought that tries to enter your mind with memories that make you smile.
Treat Others As You would Want Others To Treat You.
I was busy writing an article when my boy comes up and tells me,”Mumma I want to show you how an Audi R8 can jump over five cars at the same time.” I reply, “Not now, I’m busy, I’ll see that later!” Dejected, he goes away and plays with his toy cars.
Later in the evening, my husband is busy checking his office mails. I sit down to tell him something important. Without looking up from his laptop, he snaps at me and says, “ Not now. I’m busy, We’ll talk later!”
Karma or otherwise, I did learn a lesson that day!
The most useless fear that limits our capabilities is “What will others think?” The next in line is a series of “What Ifs” – What if I lose?, what if I fail ? And so on… Look at kids. They laugh loudly, clap loudly and enjoy as if no one is looking. When I ask my naughty little imp to behave in the park, he says – “Let it be mumma, no one is even looking at me!” He had a great time catching crabs at the beach and bathing elephants at an elephant camp at Coorg while I was a bit worried over “What if a crab pinches him?” or “What if the elephant gets up too soon?”
Most of the people can get real angry if their spouses forget their birthday or anniversary. You may even be disappointed for not getting a gift on this special day. This year, we decided not to throw a birthday party for our son. We simply took a day off from work, took him to the beach followed by his favourite theme park @Kidzania and let him enjoy every moment. He wasn’t bothered about the party or all the gifts that his friends would’ve given him. All he wanted was our undivided attention and lots of love.
Children love you unconditionally. They kiss you, hug you and think you are the best mom or dad in this world without expecting anything in return.
This is what he wrote for a paragraph on my mother in his semester one English exam. The entire paragraph sums up the unconditional love he has for his mom – I’m proud to be his mother.
Appreciate Every Little Thing In Life
“I can make a rainbow!”, says my little boy holding a glass cube against the morning sunlight. A lovely rainbow coloured pattern appears on the white floor. A simple thing as this makes him so happy. He is so happy when his dad flies his kite for him. Every time the kite flies high, he claps his hand and jumps with glee. He loves sailing paper boats in puddles and fishing in the river at his Nana’s place.
Little children are so much in awe of everything going around them. Grown ups focus more on money, work, career, relationships, mostly oblivious to small moments in life that can make anybody smile – the naughty twinkle in the eyes of a kid who has pressed the pause elevator switch on every floor, walking bare foot on wet grass, the contentment you get when you hear a thank you, the warm morning rays of the sun, the friendly ‘woof’ of your pet dog, a blooming flower in your window, a smile from your neighbor…the list is endless.
I saved the funniest part for the last – As I was writing this, my son comes along, reads the caption –5 Life Lessons My Child Taught Me . He adds, “Mumma don’t forget to mention that I taught you how to make an origami paper carrot, lantern and dog face!”
So what did you learn from your little one? Do let me know in the comments below.