My kids rock.
They are these amazing little people who are growing and learning everyday. But when I really stop to think about all they do all day long, I realize, they are really teaching me.
We can learn SO much from our kids, if we just stop long enough to soak in their lessons.
These are the 3 reasons my kids rock (and I bet yours do to!!)
My kids are little detectives. All.Day.Long. They take things apart, they ask why (sometimes a million times), they dig in the dirt, they experiment, they see how high they can stack something and when it falls, they start over. They look behind the curtain, under the blanket and behind the door, and if they don’t get an answer they want…they keep going until they figure it out. They get frustrated sometimes, and they throw the puzzle…but then they walk over and get it and start it again.
The Little Things Matter:
I jokingly think my son is a hoarder. He loves to find treasures, he collects rocks and feathers and sticks. He comes home from preschool with pockets filled with beads and shells and sequins. He sees the beauty and excitement in these things. It’s not just a rock or a bead…it IS a treasure. And these things are important to him. He puts them is a special place, he wants to show them off to daddy and his grandparents.
He also takes his time to enjoy, if he see a bug crawling in the driveway, he stops and watches it, sometimes naming it, deciding if it is a mama or a baby bug, helping it onto a stick and out of the way of our soon-to-be-moving car. And it matters.
They Are Genuine In Their Emotions:
Everything about my kids is completely genuine. When my daughter hears music, she instantly starts bouncing and dancing, it doesn’t matter what the music is, where we are or who is watching…she even danced to the pulsing of the blender the other morning! A trip to the zoo is a trip to another land…that bird or bug or bear is AMAZING. When they are sad or mad, they are fully sad or mad. But they don’t hold grudges. When they hug me, their entire heart hugs me.
How We Can Learn From Our Kids:
- Reignite your curiosity-As adults, we tend to only learn something if we need it to fix something in our lives. Why not go google something right now. Not how to improve your SEO, or how to get your kids to eat their veggies, but something you are curious about; Sharks, or the Crown Jewels, or Nasa’s Mars landing.
- Find something basic and beautiful- We all go, go, go. Today, take an extra minute to put a smooth rock in your pocket, watch a bird outside your window, or admire a cool paperclip.
- Express Your Emotions Completely- Now, while I don’t recommend collapsing in a heap on the grocery store floor if they don’t have the crackers you want. Why not start by telling someone you love them, really and genuinely. Or shake someone’s hand while fully connecting with them.
What ways do your kids amazing you? What is one thing you can learn from your own children (or children in general). Leave me a comment below.
Now, I’m off to collect rocks with my little explorers.