I have been babysitting a lot this weekend. My brother and his partner have four BEAUTIFUL children under the age of 7 (the youngest just a few weeks old) and they are a delight. Most of the time. They are children after all and they do have their moments of not-so-delightfulness. But, on the whole, they are developing into charming little people that I like as well as love. They have empathy for others and a care for their siblings. They’re just so nice to be around.
I learn a lot from them. Mostly, I am just happy they love me and we have fun together. I am constantly amazed by their wisdom and insight. They are creative (thank goodness), funny and energetic. They make me laugh ( a lot – sometimes when I should be telling them off) and I wish I could wrap them up in cotton wool and protect them from the world forever.
Today we did painting (hey, a sun can be black, right?) and papier mache (I’m still hoping to get glue out of my denim skirt), did magic tricks (how many times can you “pull” something out of a kid’s ear before it gets boring? Apparently many, many times…), baked cookies and watched dvds involving trains and sing-alongs. It was too hot to do anything outside for any length of time and I let them watch tv a little more than usual – just because it was so darn warm.
As much as we adults teach children about life, I think they show us a few things too. They are wise and courageous in many ways and live the heck out of life every single moment of every single day. We can learn so much from them if we just listen and watch:
Stuff I have Learned from Kids
1. It is never too cold, too hot, too sunny, too wet, too windy, too anything to go outside and play, even just for 5 minutes. Embrace the great outdoors and be amongst nature.
2. Hugs. One size fits all, always.
3. Build a bridge and get over it. Literally. There is nothing Lego can’t fix. Or build.
4. Don’t sweat the small stuff. This includes mess, unmade beds, toys on the floor and cereal in your hair. Worrying about these things only takes time away from more important stuff, like playing. And making more mess.
5. Baking cookies is an anytime kind of activity. Licking the spoon is obligatory and non-fattening.
6. Colouring outside the lines is ok. In fact, it is recommended.
7. Jokes are funnier when they don’t make any sense.
8. Sometimes you just need to cry. For no reason. Let it out.
9. Wearing pants should be optional.
10. Saying “Fart” is always hilarious.
11. Meals should be looked at as intermission between snacks.
12. Sometimes you just have to dance.
I hope you have some little people in your life. They make the world a much nicer place to be in.
Have a happy week everybody 🙂