8 Things That Children, Our Real Teachers, Show Us Every Day

8 Things That Children, Our Real Teachers, Show Us Every Day

Sometimes you need to view things from a different perspective.
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We live in a world focused on teaching people younger than us. Parents teach children right from wrong. Elderly people teach their children how to raise children. Young adults teach their siblings how to play mom and dad. Older people in companies teach younger members how to do their job. Think about it, everyday someone older than you is trying to teach you something and you are trying to teach the ones younger than you. While its important for older people to share what they’ve learned, think about how much we could learn if we in-turn learned from the younger generations.

Think about how much children can teach us. Children live in a world where they are learning what the stereotypes are and what is culturally normal. As they grow up into young adults these tendencies become clear, but as they are going through elementary school, they are unaware of these.

Here are some of the things we can learn from kids…. And should!!

1. Looks don’t matter.

Kids don’t care what you look like. They don’t care if you’re wearing nice clothes are born clothes. They don’t care how messy your hair is or how you forgot to do your make up. They don’t notice you haven’t saved in a few days and your facial hair is getting scruffy. Kids will treat everyone the exact same no matter what you look like. Children don’t choose friends off of what you look like. They choose friends off of whose nice to them and who makes them feel good about themselves.

2. The color of your skin doesn’t matter.

Children are some of the most innocent people in the world. One of the biggest issues in this world is race. If we look at young ones they don’t care the color of your skin. The young white boy and the young black boy are best friends in elementary school. Kids don’t see the color of your skin. Children are completely oblivious to what color skin other children have.

3. The past is history.

Something children do so well is leave the past where it belongs. If a child has an argument with someone a few minutes later, they are playing again with that person. Children don’t hold grudges because they don’t want to lose time with that person. They see that someone made a mistake and they accept that and move on. This is really important because as we get older we hold grudges longer and longer. This is very unhealthy and allows us to lose important time with the people that matter most.

4. That’s what’s on my mind.

Children say exactly what’s on their mind. If they think something is stupid they will tell you. If they have a question about something they will ask you, no filter. Kids say exactly what they want without a filter. While this isn’t always the best thing, it can take them a long way. If we all said what was on our mind no one would have to wonder how they feel about you, or their mood. Children say what they want to say every day, and we should too. (within reason of course) I challenge you today to tell people how you feel, or how they make you feel. Don’t hold back because you don’t know how they will respond. Take a risk.

5. Gender equality is important.

Children treat boys and girls the same. They seen beyond the gender. Children think girls should work just as hard as the boys. We need to learn this from children and realize just because we have a different gender doesn’t mean we do different things. Yes, we have social stigmas but think about it. A child thinks a daddy staying home and mommy working is perfectly normal, and this is what we want!

6. Children will give up all they have for someone.

Think about it. If a child sees an adult helping they often lend their favorite toy or their quarter to you. We see that toy or that quarter as nothing and often just give it back to the kid but to the kid that's their everything. They were willing to give up their favorite thing or something that means a lot to them to simply make you happy. Children have such larger hearts.

7. They don’t hide emotion.

Children’s faces and body language say it all. If children are super happy you can see the joy in their eyes. So, can see them walking with a pep in their step. If they’re sad their faces show it. Their bodies droop. You never have to guess how they are feeling. Even when children try to hide how they are feeling you can see it. If adults were like this, the world would be a better place.

8. The smallest things make them the happiest.

Think about the things children get excited about. A child getting a sticker, will take their day from bad to amazing. Children getting a high five for doing something good makes them so happy. Children get happy over the smallest things in the world! As adults we should cherish this. If someone writes you a little note, let it make your day!

Children are some of the most powerful people to learn from. They can teach us how to view the world through “clean eyes”. While we teach children a lot of things about the future, children can teach us a lot about how to view the world. Next time you’re in a tough situation think “how would a child react”

A child can teach an adult 3 things: to be happy for no reason, to always be curious and to fight tirelessly for something. - Paulo Coelho

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An Open Letter To The Friend Who Became My Sister

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Sis,

There are friends. Then, there are best friends.

According to "Grey’s Anatomy’s" Meredith Grey and Cristina Yang, they're your person. The one who, “if I murdered someone, I’d call you to help me drag the corpse across the living room floor.” You’re so much more to me than any of those titles can express.

As I’ve matured throughout the years, I’ve come to the conclusion that good friends with good hearts serve an incredibly important purpose in our lives, going above and beyond what we give them credit and appreciation for.

The family we choose. You’re one of those.

The day we met, I knew that you were going to play an important role in my life. What I had no idea of was that you would join the cast of my life with a starring role.

First, I need to say thank you. Thank you for always coming to my locker to check in before class during high school. Thank you for letting me control the music on road trips. Thank you for sharing your family with me, and addressing my family as if you were born into it.

Thank you for patiently listening to the physical embodiment of a broken record when I complain about the same boy I’ve loved since senior year. Thank you for tagging along on every doctor’s appointment, grocery run, and trip to the post office, just because you know that I hate doing things alone.

Thank you for not thinking twice before dialing when I text you “please call me.” Thank you for never saying no to a coffee date. Thank you for never giving up on me. Thank you for being my better half.

We don't share the same genetic makeup, but after all the sleepovers, heart-to-heart conversations, shopping until our bank accounts cry, and swapping clothes so often that we don’t know what belongs to whom, how could I not consider you family? We have shared some my fondest memories together, and I wouldn’t want them to feature anyone but you.

You’ve been with me on my best days, and loved me on my worst. You know how to make me laugh when all I want to do is crawl into a hole and die.

Picturing sitting in my car with you in the passenger seat makes me long for summer, where we spend three months together doing all of our favorite things. You’ve seen me naked, done my makeup, and warned me before making a poor decision. Being away from you for extended periods of time makes me feel incomplete.

You are a piece of me that I am not quite whole without. You taught me that blood doesn’t make a family; love does.

You know me better than I know myself, which is both amazing and terrifying. You make me realize I’m enough for this world, and that means more to me than I know how to express in the limited words that make up the English language.

You remind me that I am more than my mistakes, and you keep me grounded when I spiral out of control. You’ve helped me carry my burdens along with your own, even when the universe comes down on you full force, way harder than you deserve.

You’re the one I come to for the truth if I think my new dress makes me look fat, and I know you’ll be honest. I trust you with my whole heart. You know the gory details about every boy I’ve ever crushed on, every professor who was an absolute jerk, and every fight I’ve had with my mom.

I wouldn’t make it in this life without someone who already understands and listens to every thought going through my head and each thing I seriously over think, even when you know, though you don’t say, it won’t matter in a week.

With all these affectionate things being said, don’t forget our fights. The few we’ve had were very real. We still don’t see eye to eye on some events of the past, but I never told my mom about it because there was no need to make her choose a side between me and her “second daughter.

We have learned to move forward, because the love we have for each other overwhelmingly outweighs any disagreement we’ve had, and always will.

Through all the tears and laughs, I don’t think that anything the world has to offer could seriously come between us. You go to a different school than me now, and college has rudely gotten in the way of our routine of spending every waking moment together.

Since we met, we’ve grown separately without growing apart. Neither of us are the same person we used to be all those years ago. Even so, we’ve pushed each other to our limits and you’ve given me the courage to keep going and do things that make me happy.

We lean on each other when it’s been a bad day and all we want to do is to snuggle and indulge in whichever show the other is currently watching unceasingly and unabashedly for comfort (it’s the little things). Having you as my co-pilot on this crazy ride called life has been frustrating, exciting, slightly concerning, absolutely insane, and something I don’t know how I would live without, and I don’t intend to find out.

I’ll conclude this letter with a quote from every basic, white girl’s favorite musical, “I don’t know if I’ve been changed for the better, but because I knew you, I have been changed for good.”

Love you forever,

Your sis

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He held her up

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and then one day, she stopped pursuing the things of this world

she picked up God's armor

prepared herself with the spirit's sword

and from then on, God never let go of her

she stumbled often

He held her up

sometimes she doubted

He taught her to trust

she would stress over how to win the battles

He would reassure her that peace would soon be restored

while she was fretting over those small battles,

He'd already won the war

through every hardship he was with her

whenever she felt alone, he reminded her that she was not

whenever she began trusting in herself, He reminded her to surrender

a love as great as the Lord's could never be bought

she deserved no grace at all

but he blessed her beyond compare

He always listened when she called

lifted her burdens when she cast her cares

she does the best she can to devote her life to Him

and though she falls short of his glory

he loves her and sees beauty when all she sees is a girl who's broken

He keeps her going because His mercies are new every morning


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