10 Brilliant Life Lessons From Wise Kids

10 Brilliant Life Lessons From Wise Kids

From the joys of playtime to dazzling self-confidence, our kids can teach us a lot!


By Wendy Robinson

“Mama, I wanna be nakey. I need to be nakey right now!”

My daughter is 2 and loves nothing more than to wander around the house (and, once when I wasn’t looking, the bookstore) in her diaper. She plays and paints and stops every so often to fondly pat her own chubby tummy. She is completely comfortable in her own skin -- and she reminds me to be nicer to my own imperfect body.

The job of the mom might be to try to teach our children as they grow, but sometimes they are the wise ones with lessons to share. My friend Laura, for example, says her daughters have helped her see that “you can wear whatever you want to -- the crazier the pattern, the better -- as long as you have the confidence to think you look good.”

Shannon has also learned a thing or two about confidence. She says her kids have shown her: “When you sing, louder is always better, even if it's not perfect. In fact, singing (loudly) is nearly always appropriate and who cares who hears you.”

Sometimes our kids teach us that we need to remember the importance of having fun. “When I see my kids spending hours transforming a box into a rocket ship and then a boat and then a house, I remember that I don’t need to have the latest and greatest in terms of technology or gadgets. Simple can be fun,” says Lola, mom of twins.

Her neighbor Sara agrees: “This may sound crazy, but I kind of forgot how great being outside is. Between an office job and a bad TV habit, I was always inside until my kids started forcing me to take them to parks and stuff. Now we hike most weekends and I’m like, ‘Oh, yeah, fresh air. This is good!’”

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Also good are the lessons our kids can teach us about taking care of ourselves, something the moms are often guilty of neglecting. For Jessie, being a mom has her making better nutrition choices: “I've learned all about self-care. I've never taken very good care of myself, particularly nutrition, and raising the little guys, I realize that I need to take much better care of myself so that I can better care for them.”

Amanda echoes that thought when she notes: “If the thought of feeding something to my baby makes me sick, then why would it be OK for me to eat it? I wouldn’t let him have only cookies and coffee for dinner.”

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I know that parenting teaches me over and over again about the importance of patience (why, yes, I do have a 2-year-old), which is a feeling that my cousin Tara is also familiar with: “I have four boys under the age of 12. My life is basically chaos, but sometimes my oldest son looks at me and says ‘Mom, just relax!’ and it reminds me to take a deep breath and to slow down and be patient.”

For Carolina, mother of one, her daughter has taught her the importance of being herself. “I’m a girly girl and my daughter is obsessed with dinosaurs and trucks. And I love her for it. She is her own person and she reminds me that being just like everyone else is overrated.”

The other big lesson we can learn from our wise little ones is the importance of honesty. Here’s how Amy puts it: “My kids never stop talking – EVER -- and so I always know exactly what they are thinking. Sometimes they are too honest, like when they hate dinner, but when they say they love me, I know they mean it.”

What have you learned from your kids?


Wendy Robinson is a writer, working mom, and graduate student. Someday she'd like to sleep in again. She also blogs at www.athleticmonkey.com.

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