Children Can Teach Us a Lot About Life

Does your child love to draw pictures for you? Our youngest draws them all the time, and they’re often accompanied by the words, “I love you.” It doesn’t matter if the picture has people, flowers, or rainbows – the words are always there.

Not only that, but she says it to us all the time. She says it in the morning, during the day, and at night. She expresses it because she means it!

Ah, the simplicity of children. They’re not as learned as us brainy adults, but they tend to be so much smarter – and wiser. We can learn a lot from them, and let’s start using our example at the top.

They say “I love you” like they mean it – Most of us end phone calls with our spouses by saying “love you” like it’s some sort of appendix to “goodbye.” Do we really mean it? When kids say that phrase, it always seems so heartfelt and expressive. Not only that, but they’re always so happy when they do.

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They forgive – Adults love to sit around and hold grudges. Adults love to wait for the other person to apologize. Adults love to remain bitter for long periods of time, sometimes for life. But kids don’t do that. They forgive right away and forget things happened. I’ll admit that forgetting isn’t so easy, but the reality is that speaking the words “I’m sorry” or “I forgive you” is relatively simple.

They’re honest – Do you ever find it hard to tell your honest feelings to someone? Do you ever beat around the bush, or act like a yes-man from time-to-time? Me too. Kids almost always speak with sincerity because they don’t know any better. They haven’t learned the craft of white lies or embellishing. You just get the honest, unadorned truth.

They don’t worry – Maybe this category is a little unfair to compare. Kids don’t have bills to pay, have ridiculous schedules, nor possess unrealistic bosses. But at the same time, look at how next-to-no-control a child has over his own diet, bedtime, clothing style, and places to visit. Nevertheless, a child doesn’t worry about anything – unless you take his binky.

They’re giving – We pass homeless people on the street like they don’t exist, but children love to hand out pennies straight from their piggy banks even if that’s all they have. If we could only give from the heart like that.

They don’t discriminate – Children don’t care about skin color. They don’t care about the neighborhood they live in. They don’t care which parent cooks. They don’t care about abilities or disabilities. It’s not that they don’t see these differences, they just don’t place any importance on them. They start developing opinions on all that because of us and the world around them.

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Families and society could be a whole lot greater if we think simple and “look down” for answers, rather than up.

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Children Can Teach Us a Lot About Life

Tom Konecny is a dad of four children and husband to wife, Erika. Tom currently serves as a private consultant in writing, communications and marketing. In 2013, Tom founded Dad Marketing, a site dedicated to exploring the world of marketing to dads. He previously worked in sports marketing, served as an associate editor and writer for several publications, and directed an award-winning corporate marketing department. His first book, "DADLY Dollar$" will be published this summer, and he is c ... More

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