Here’s some wisdom I’ve picked up over the years.
As adults, it’s expected that our children will be the ones who learn from us, and that we will be their teachers.
But often, the opposite is true. Often, as adults, we forget that we not only have much learn from them, but that there are so many places we should revisit as well.
As such, over time I’ve received quite the education from my own children. Such as:
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1. You shouldn’t ‘sweat the small stuff’.
Does it matter if all of the dishes aren’t done before bed each night? Will the world come to an untimely end if all of the beds aren’t made before noon? No. Kids remind you that sometimes it’s much more beneficial to actually hang out with them than check off some ‘To Do’ list.’
2. They will always be better at technology than you.
Now, I consider myself to be fairly up to date with social media and technology, but what I didn’t know was that I would be forever contending with this generation of digital natives. This means that pretty much anything related to computers and/or technology will simply come easily to this generation and to those thereafter.
As such, our children should be our “go to” people when we have questions – because take it from me, they’ll get done in three minutes what could end up taking us three hours.
3. I can survive without sleep.
No really, sleep deprivation is not used as a torture method by accident. Luckily however, once you reach a certain point where you can function on little to no sleep, this specialty never really goes away. Thanks, kids.
4. We should remember our own innocence.
Until I had children, I had forgotten about the magic of the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy or Santa. Children teach you to once again believe. Because believing that there is something out there that is mystical and magical and cool also rubs off on you. And it’s wonderful.
5. You will never be faster than a two year old who has your keys inside the car.
Okay, take this one from me. NEVER, I repeat, NEVER, give your two year old your car keys to play with as you strap her into her car seat – because by the time you’ve walked around to the driver’s door, she will have locked it on you. And sure, even though she can operate your smartphone seamlessly, she will not be able to unlock your car without some kind of roadside assistance intervention.