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.

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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Since I can't give you the world, I hope giving you this article is enough.

My wonderful friend,

You deserve love.

You deserve to marry your best friend.

You deserve appreciation.

You deserve that no matter who comes in and out of your life, every selfless thing you do for someone is acknowledged.

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You deserve kindness.

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You deserve to have someone there for you at the beginning of every good day and at the end of every bad one, to have someone who wants to fix all of your problems.

You deserve hope.

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You deserve laughter.

You deserve to never stop smiling and actually mean it every time you do.

You deserve forgiveness.

You deserve to be able to be given second chances because without a doubt you are worth it.

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You deserve to have a friend who can be just as good of a friend as you are.

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Yes, life gets tough sometimes. The unthinkable happens and your world feels like it is crashing down but you can get past all of this.

Thank you for being so selfless. It amazes me how you do it sometimes, but thank you for always making everyone your main priority when they need you.

I know I may not say it enough, but truly thank you for all you do for me. I don’t always know how to show how much someone means to me, especially when it is someone as great as you because I don’t know what I did to deserve you, but thank you.

I love you.

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14 Things You Relate To If You Grew Up WithOUT Any Cousins

*GASP* "What, you really don't have any cousins?"


It always shocks every person who hears me state that I do not have any cousins. For some reason, this is just hard for people to really believe when it's actually not something impossible. I think we are all just so used to large families that it sounds weird when people say that they have no cousins. Yet, it is definitely a potential reality, and actually impossible if each of your parents is the only child to your grandparents.

Here are 14 things that you can relate to if you grew up without any cousins.

1. Nobody believes you when you say that you don't have any cousins

I'm serious, for the tenth time.

2. Your grandparents spoil you

With no other grandchildren to worry about, it's pretty easy to do.

3. You don't understand when people say that cousins are your first best friends

My best friend was my first best friend.

4. You and your siblings are always the youngest people at family events

This was simultaneosuly a good thing and a bad thing.

5. You get all of the attention at holidays

Since you're the youngest one around, then distant relatives are always doting over you.

6. Everything you do is deemed awesome by your extended family because there is nobody to compete with

It's much easier to be praised when you aren't being compared to someone similar to your age.

7. You don't know how to hold babies

You're never around them so why would you?

8. Family photos are pretty easy to coordinate

The less people, the easier.

9. Other family members spoil you just because 

Afterall, you are the only kid around...

10. The family will make comments regarding the potential for you to have a cousin as a justification for why they aren't doing something for you

When you hear, "I can't buy you too much because someday your aunt is going to have kids and I will have to do the same for them" you cringe and just had to know that all of the attention wouldn't last forever.

11. Birthdays are always a big deal

A perk of not having very many to remember.

12. If your parents' siblings own pets, then you refer to the animal as your cousin

Cat cousins, dog cousins, lizard cousins, and fish cousins can be pretty cool, actually.

13. Sometimes you dream of marrying into a big family

This is to ensure that your kids do grow up with cousins.

14. You appreciate the closeness of your tight-knit fam

Maybe the only thing you would miss if you had a big family is the opportunity to develop such close bonds with the few relatives that you do have.

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