Friday, July 01, 2016

3 Things We Can Learn From Young Children

There's a common misconception that adults teach children, nah! After working with and studying young children they taught me so much and still teach me now. Although young children can scream, cry and tantrum they are generally happy little souls that live in a world full of wonder. I think we can learn so much from them. Here are 3 very important life lessons that children have taught me...

1. Don't be afraid to fail- I've seen children spend a huge amount of their time trying to climb a piece of equipment or thread string through a bead or put on a coat or make someone watch or listen to them whilst being in a room full of other children and adults. They don't worry about being judged, they don't give up, eventually they might ask for help, they might decide to move onto something else or they might even eventually do the thing they set out to do. They have a goal and they know they can't do it yet but that doesn't stop them. They give things a go and aren't afraid to try. You go guys!

2. Ask- young children aren't scared to ask questions. They'll admit they don't know the answers or don't understand. They want to find things out about other people and the world around them. As adults we can be scared of making ourselves look unintelligent or afraid of asking awkward questions but if you don't ask you'll never know.

3. Be you- any parent will tell you that their young child doesn't hold back expressing themselves! They show their emotions and interests openly. Some can be shy and a little reserved but that's their personality and what you see is what you get. Yes they can act differently around certain people but it's because they choose to do that and don't mind how that comes across to others. They don't test the water on topics they'll tell you "I love cats" or "my dinner is yuk". They might still be learning but they are pretty sure on who they are and what they do and don't like. They're not afraid to show it either.

So my advice for today.... act like a child!

Much love,
Becky xx

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