You can learn a lot about yourself when you hang out with children.
This past weekend, while camping with friends, I had the pleasure of spending time with John (9) and Rachel (6), my best friend’s little ones.
Here’s what I learned:
- In order to teach patience, one must be patient
- Sharing what we do to feel better when we’re sad, will remind us that we do eventually feel better when we get sad
- Singing “Here Comes The Sun” will make you happy
- Dancing to “Twist and Shout” never gets old
- Nine-year old boys will test everything you say
- Listening is just as important as talking
- Negotiations without respect are really just threats without boundaries
- Sometimes the answers are hidden behind the questions
- You’re never too old to be silly
- Teaching children that no one is perfect, starts with accepting that we are not
- Kids give you a second childhood, while simultaneously making you feel old
- When giving their opinion, children are rarely asked, but always brutally honest
- When rules are broken, children are rarely honest, but always asked
- Six year old girls are adorable – even when missing their teeth
Here’s the part where you tell me: what have children taught you about yourself – about life?