10 life lessons your tot will teach you

Your little one knows life’s truths that we as adults seem to have forgotten along the way…

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As parents, there’s a lot in this world we want to teach our mini-mes… Besides his ABCs and 123s, we want him to learn about love, respect, responsibility, and all the important values.

We want to teach him about the environment, the planets, and even about food. But we sometimes fail to realise how much our toddlers can teach us as well!

Here are some important life lessons that you may pick up just by observing your tot.

1.  The ability to trust

Your toddler doesn’t shy away from telling someone they love them, from giving warm hugs and kisses, and from showing how much he loves and adores someone. He is able to show that vulnerability because he trusts. When you tell your kewpie about the different animals at the zoo, or the different fruits at the supermarket, he’s taking all that information in completely and wholly, because he trusts you to give him the right info.

As adults, we hesitate to put our trust in others ― in ourselves, too, for that matter ― because we fear being vulnerable to failure. But by being more trusting, we can open far more opportunities to learn.

2. Looking at the little things

We often get frustrated when we find our munchkin dawdling along ― “Why are you taking so long to find your socks? Why aren’t you finishing your meal?” we often say.

Most of the time, he’s distracted by something or other. He could be wondering why tonight’s broccoli is a lighter shade of green than the other night, or maybe, he spotted an ant on the ground and is curiously looking at its teensy little legs.

It might be annoying to us as adults, since most of the time we’re rushing around, trying to “get things done”. At the same time, we’re completely missing out on the little things that make the world so interesting.

We ought to take a leaf out of our toddlers’ book and remind ourselves that each day is a chance for a brand-new start.

3. Being honest

The truth can sometimes hurt, and as adults, we’re all familiar with that. But your munchkin isn’t! That’s why he isn’t afraid to speak his mind and say it like it is.

And don’t we all need people like that in our lives ― people who don’t over-analyse, don’t have hidden agendas and don’t feel a need to hide anything. Let your tot teach you to be truthful ― you’ll find that by doing so, you’ll be less selfish, and build more authentic relationships.

4. Every day is a new beginning

Remember how the end of your day in preschool, or even a day out with mum used to feel so final when your parents tucked you into bed? This is because as a child, you know that the next day brings new opportunities to have fun, make friends, learn new things and have awesome adventures.

That fight you had with your brother earlier in the day? It’ll be over by the time you wake up. That toy that broke and left you in tears this morning? It’s okay, there’ll be other things to play with tomorrow. Adults often harbour ill-thoughts for longer than it is healthy. We ought to take a leaf out of our toddlers’ book and remind ourselves that each day is a chance for a brand-new start.

5. Not being afraid to try

When you’re not crippled by a fear of failure and humiliation, you’re fearless. Says mum of two Nadirah Maf, “My 2-year-old is the first to want to go up on stage to volunteer during shows, or he will dance in the middle of a crowd at a party. As an introvert, I would never dare to do that!”

Unlike children who would splash in a muddy puddle, or jump on a trampoline when the opportunity arises, adults are hesitant because we fear consequences and the unknown. But when you view life with hope, determination and without worrying about what other people think of you and how you’ll fare, you’re embracing life and all it has to offer.