Learning from little children.

@Pose123 (21667)
Canada
October 16, 2012 7:55pm CST
As grown-ups, we often approach children with ideas about what we can teach them about this life to which they have so recently arrived. It's true that we have important information to convey, but children are here to teach us just as much as we are here to teach them. They are so new to the world and far less burdened with preconceived notions about the people, situations, and objects they encounter. They do not avoid people on the basis of appearance, nor do they regard shoes as having only one function. They can be fascinated for half an hour with a pot and a lid, and they are utterly unselfconscious in their emotional expressions. They live their lives fully immersed in the present moment, seeing everything with the open-mindedness born of unknowing. This enables them to inhabit a state of spontaneity, curiosity, and pure excitement about the world that we, as adults, have a hard time accessing. Have you noticed too that almost every spiritual path admonishes us to become as little children. Do you feel that we can learn a great deal from little children?
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• Philippines
21 Oct 12
That's true. Kids teach us to enjoy life as if there's no more tomorrow, to not complicate things and not to tell a lie :)
@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
22 Oct 12
Hi watchamacallitz, How true that is! Thank you for sharing. Blessings.
@surekharathi (14134)
• India
20 Oct 12
You are right some time we can learn from little children also because now their mind is sharp and they are more intelligent. My brother's son only of 10 years old but he knows all scatting, swimming, tabla he has more knowledge than my brother. He can talk with anybody in very well manner like a young boy is talking.
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@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
21 Oct 12
Hi surekharathi, Thank you for sharing. Blessings.
@camomile07 (1422)
• Germany
18 Oct 12
Of course, we can learn a lot from the children. When we turn adult, there are many points of life we forget, but were natural in our childhood. Children have a natural way to see the life and things which happens, as they still have their brain fresh. Adults sometimes see things distorted. Children help us to remember, to understand better the life and to see many things from another point of view. They are also able to awake our emotions and forgotten feelings.
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@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
20 Oct 12
Hi camomile, Thank you for sharing and I agree child have a natural way of seeing things. I wish there was a way of taking a lot of that knowledge into adulthood. They soon hear their parents and others being critical of someone, or some such thing and they start to lose the innocence that they brought to this world with them. Blessings.
@barehugs (8986)
• Canada
17 Oct 12
Yes there is much to learn from our little kids. One time when we were potty-training our 3 yr old his mom reminded him to wipe when he was done. "It's ok," he said proudly," I did that first!"
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@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
20 Oct 12
Hi barehugs, That is good! Thank you for sharing. Blessings.
@flowerchilde (12547)
• United States
17 Oct 12
Oh yes, I agree with you that we can learn a lot of little children. The joy and excitement of a sunny day.. and the happiness of friends coming to visit, plus all the things you listed. Yes, perhaps we can learn more from them than they can from us.. Let's just hope what they learn from us adults, are good things!
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@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
20 Oct 12
Hi flowerchilde, Thank you from commenting and I agree with the things you say here as well. Unfortunately, what they seem to pick up from us is not so good. They learn fear and greed and also to hold grudges and be judgemental. The children really have so many things right. Blessings.
@natliegleb (5184)
• India
17 Oct 12
we can easily learn and its a great feel.they know more than us and they can strive to make it more when we interact with them
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@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
20 Oct 12
Hi natliegleb, Thank you for your response. Blessings.
@dfollin (12780)
• United States
17 Oct 12
Years ago there was a show on that Art Linkletter hosted,"Kids say the Darndest Things".They do and if you really think about what they said most of the time it makes sense. I remember when my boys were young they both said something,and one didn't teach it to the other,because the oldest one had grew out of that and had learned how to say it "politically correct".If I would put a shirt,pants,shoes.....whatever,a piece of clothing on them and they were out growing it they would say,"No mommie its too fit" It was funny and cute,but if you think about it that statement makes more sense with clothes rather then a piece of furniture or another item.Like a chair,bed,table or backpack and such is too small.
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@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
20 Oct 12
Hi dfollin, I remember Art Linkletter and the kids, it was one of my favourite shows. It was on radio as well. It's too bad that we don't all retain a bit of the kid in us after we are adults. Thank you for sharing. Blessings.
@Paper_Doll (2375)
• Philippines
17 Oct 12
We would learn so much from children. Humility is one of them as children don't really care much about pride unlike us. We do notice that when children fought about something, soon after, they are already okay and would play with each other again which is not common to us adults.
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@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
20 Oct 12
Hi Paper_Doll, Yes that is very true and I think the world would be a much better place if we kept some of our childhood qualities. Thank you for your thoughts. Blessings.
@jenny1015 (13389)
• Philippines
17 Oct 12
Definitely! Coz we, as a adults, tend to think more complicated things that we forget that we can actually solve problems with just simple ways which our children would show us sometimes. It can be really surprising at times to see how children could give their opinions on certain matters that when we really think hard about it, we would often say, "Oh yeah! Why didn't I think of that?".
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@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
20 Oct 12
Hi jenny, Thank you for comment and we agree. Blessings