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Creative Lessons You Can Learn From Kids


In our everyday lives we tend to forget some of the basic principles that are taught to us as children and young adults. We manage to find ourselves so intertwined with our work, relationships, friendships, family – we often overlook some of the things that matter most to us. As adults, we are constantly on the never ending search to find our own happiness, and while we are looking within other areas of our lives – we never tend to see what is right in front of us. This type of mindset causes an anxiety within us that can sometimes be unsettling, until we are able to find a suitable solution.


If you have a child or children in your family, you know there can be some trying times that add to the normal stress levels that you may have. Kids are a great way for us to heighten our awareness, as well as anxiety. And while sometimes children in your life can push you until your very last nerve is ready to explode – they can also teach us valuable lessons. When your child is running around on the playground, or in the back yard, and doesn’t seem to hear a word you say – don’t let your emotions get the best of you. Instead – view it with perception.

Let’s use some examples of how you can learn creative lesson from a child. Let’s say that your child is running around in the backyard, and you’ve asked them to stop running multiple times. Instead of letting the fear of your child falling worry you to the point of having a few more gray hairs – instead think of it as exercise. Exercise may not always be healthy for a child, but it sure it fun for them. Running and playing, being free from any worry – makes the child feel as though nothing can stop them from having a good time. We ourselves tend to forget this very concept as adults. Instead – we set ourselves on a routine to get our exercise that we need. Learn from your child and go run and skip, or jump in puddles. The healthy exercise you get from it only helps you to be a kid again.


Imagine if you will, your child is sitting on the floor in front of you trying to put a square block in a round hole. They may sit there for hours attempting a feat that will never happen. There is a lesson that can be learned from this – and that is, that children tend not to beat themselves up over failures. As adults, our necessity to over think things and internally beat ourselves up stops us from allowing ourselves to grow. Take the silent advice of your child and learn that mistakes will happen, but those mistakes do not have to be the end of the world as we know it.

Think back for a moment and remember when your child was just a toddler. You played the ever so popular game of “peek-a-boo” with them. After a while, your child may have begun to imitate your actions – joining in on the fun. The lessons our children learn stem from the actions they see around us. Use this creative lesson you learn from your child to your advantage. If you wish to thrive in success – adapt your surroundings to the very people you admire for their success. If you wish to live a healthier life – become close friends with those who are living it. Imitation is a form of flattery – learn from it.


Watching your child laugh at what may appear to be some of the craziest things – makes your heart feel warm, and a slight part of you inside knows you’ve done well in helping raise your child. But this very act of laughter can be a great way to learn from your child. If your child is giggling in the moment, engage with your child to keep those giggles flowing. In turn, you are learning to laugh at yourself and moving forward with what comes your way. Teach yourself that you can laugh – and it’s okay to do so.

Your child has an active imagination, which sometimes can be one that holds their attention for hours on end. They have the ability to think outside the box and come up with creative solutions for any problem they may face. Think of a young boy who makes a ramp for his bike, or a girl who uses a cardboard box for a doll house. This thinking outside the box can help you achieve new goals within your life. Take this lesson they offer and let it help you be someone who achieves further success.


When you look at your child in a moment of being happy, or sad, you can tell right away what they may be feeling. There’s no hiding it for them. That’s because they haven’t been influenced from outside sources about how to express their feelings. As adults, that completely changes – because of fear that we envision within our minds. We hide our feelings in fear of rejection, or anger, remorse or even disappointment. Learning to live like your child does and be free with your emotions teaches you a valuable lesson that can help you grow in relationships and in business.

One thing that serves as a reminder for us is to enjoy the simple things that life has to offer. Your children teach you this every day. They may enjoy time on the computer, or watching a silly cartoon, or chasing the puppy around the house for a couple of minutes. Laughter usually ensues when they do. This very simple lesson we see continuously, and usually overlook – gives us the ability to remember that life doesn’t always have to be complicated. Enjoy what you have and you will begin to appreciate it more.

Your child may now be at that age where they have a “BFF”. Someone they admire and adore, and always want to spend time with. Your child is actually creating life’s memories and forever bonds. These moments are moments that will forever be a vision within their head. But this very moment can teach you to establish a foundation that you can learn from. An understanding that sometimes in our lives we have very busy schedules, but we always need to make time for the people who matter most to us. It could be family, or friends, or a spouse. Either way – that bonding relationship establishes a foundation of trust and communication, which can lead to a more productive life.


And finally, think of when your child may be playing with something and then all of a sudden switch gears and want to play with something else. Your child rarely ever plans the things they want to do – they just do it. While sometimes this can drive you crazy – it’s a creative lesson you can learn from your child. Being spontaneous allows you to feel free and active. It stimulates your brain and allows your creativity and imagination to shine when you feel like you need it most. This very lesson is one that all of us should learn from – after all, we are usually too busy being a parent.

Don’t let your child’s activities fool you. Pay attention to what they say or do and understand that it’s your own perception that will help to keep you sane. Understanding that children being themselves can teach us to be better people as well. The lessons we overlook every day are ones that can reconnect us to the person we want to be, a healthier and happier you.

Let's discuss: What lessons have your own kids taught you?

Annmarie John
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  1. My child has taught me to laugh at the hard stuff. She frustrates me at times, but she's still my greatest love!

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    1. Don't they just make you laugh? I can't tell how many times Madison and I have had conversations and I would just start laughing. I've learned to not sweat the small stuff!

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  2. I love this post. So much. There is so much we can learn from kids. It's funny, because we USED to know ALL those things before we grew up and life choked out all our wonder, creativity, and free spiritedness. We need to hang on to those things with both hands!

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    1. I so agree Paula. What happened to us when we got older? I for one wish that I could go back to the carefree person I was as a young child.

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  3. My kids taught me to always smile in the face of adversity. They were strong little ones and despite having their share of "accidents," they were still able to get up, smile, and go on with their day.

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    1. Gotta love kids and their perseverance. My daughter would fall and cry and I would say "you'll be ok" and she'll be good as new like nothing happened. Oh how I wish I could be that carefree. :)

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  4. Kids are amazing. Give them nothing and they can make something. Just through watching them, my mind is blown away on a daily basis.

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    1. You just gotta love kids and their abilities to do amazing things.

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  5. That carriage/coach thing is awesome! My kids have taught me bravery and laughter, or laughter again. Bravery again. And open mindedness. She was telling me about her friend at school who told her his whole family loves.. (political candidate I won't name) My reaction was to say, "That can't be right!" And she said, "Mama, not everyone thinks like you! Some people like him."

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    1. Thank you Tamara. We did a horse and carriage ride while we were in Atlanta and Madison wanted the one that looked like Cinderella's carriage. :) I've totally learned that kids don't hate and don't have the ability to really hate. It's we who teach them that. :(

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  6. I always think of that. Why does our thinking change when we reach the adult stage? I just couldn't image myself without my son. I may be in different stage of my life if ever he has not arrived but I can say I wouldn't be happy then - the happiness I am feeling where I have my son would probably different if he isn't here. So I am thankful that he came too early than expected. He has a purpose, he came here to complete me.

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    1. Oh that is such a beautiful thing to say. I say the same for my kids. I couldn't imagine my life without them right now.

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  7. While this is hopefully a given for most adults, my kids have reaffirmed the lesson to always tell the truth. They have learned first hand that it is not nice when someone does things behind their back that can bring them unwanted attention or even harm and because of this they respect others.

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    1. Kids are so open minded and while most people say that they have "no filter", I love that about them. I love the fact that they can speak their mind and it's usually the truth.

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  8. My son has taught me so many things and still is at 23. One thing I learned from him, is to take time to enjoy life. I don't take things as serious as I used to, I learned to relax and breathe!

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    1. Oh we've most definitely got to start doing that. I've learned that myself, especially with my youngest.

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  9. I would love to see the world through a childs eyes again - they seem to see things with such awe. It is inspiring. x

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    1. It truly is and kids are such blessings.

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  10. My daughter has thought me the power of perspective that no matter what keep smiling. It could always be worst and things get better.

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    1. I'm so with you on that one. My daughter makes me smile all the time and even when she's not at her best, she finds the time to smile.

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  11. My kids have taught me to be in the moment. It's important to be present with them and not on devices.

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    1. That's been one of my biggest problem, being in the moment. I tend to find myself on social media and that's time that I could be spending with her so I've learned to now forget social media and focus on her.

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  12. I, too, believe that we can learn a lot from our kids. Kids possess the innocence that makes them see things at their purest. It is this that allows them to enjoy the simple but beautiful things in life like laughter and the ability to express themselves without any restrictions, thus, maximizee their enjoyment.

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    1. Oh yes there is so much to be learned. Their innocence is always a sight to behold. I wish that I could see life through their eyes but I'm a bit jaded right now. :(

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  13. The key here is that we never stop learning. It's not that we're already adults that we can't learn anymore from kids or from anyone around us. Kids do crazy things and sometimes we just have to think like a kid again to be out of our own box.

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    1. Think outside the box and get creative. My daughter recently made me a ring from her WikiStiks and I told her how beautiful it was and wore it outside. I've learned to appreciate the little things.

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  14. Of all the posts I've read so far, this has to be one of the most emotional for me. I enjoyed reading everything. Definitely there are a lot of lessons to be learned from being a parent. We may not realize it but we learn alongside our kids. It's one of the most rewarding feelings, learning from this little child what we have long forgotten, isn't it?

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    1. It truly is Elizabeth and we may not realize it but we surely do learn alongside our kids. It's a give and take, we both teach each other.

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  15. Kids are amazing. The talent and skills to do things are just superb. It is great watching them showcase those skills.

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    1. They really are amazing aren't they? I just love seeing my children do things on their own without any help from me.

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  16. It's only when we bring forth the child in us that we truly appreciate life for what it is. Such warm words. Thank you for sharing!

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    1. You're very welcome George and you're right. We sometimes need to bring the child in us forward so we can appreciate life more.

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  17. I think a lot of what kids learn is based on how they experience things. It really helps that we supervise this part to help them absorb the right learnings.

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    1. We do learn through our experiences and making sure that those experiences are positive is something that we should be gearing towards when we think of our kids.

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  18. They learn from us and we also learn from them. Aside from that, they also remind us of the things we used to do as a child.

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    1. That is very true indeed. I sometimes think that my daughter is me reincarnated. :)

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  19. I just realized the truth behind this. Almost for the past hour I was going crazy about something. I just went offline and roamed about in the garden and smelled flowers when suddenly I realized I could have worked it out in a different way without getting crazy!

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    1. Doesn't it feel great to relax and smell the roses? When I'm getting frustrated, I usually just get in my car and drive around. I've learned not to sweat the small stuff and take it one day at a time.

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  20. My kids have taught me patients. I have learned to see the world with fresh eyes and a child's perspective.

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    1. That is awesome. I know that my kids have surely taught me the same thing. I had little to none before I had them.

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  21. While they are still very young, kids are fun to observe the way they make do with what they have to have fun and explore. We let them be, but stood by for safety reasons.

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    1. Oh kids surely have very active imaginations. I know my daughter would sit and have conversations with her toys and she just makes me laugh.

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  22. Children do giggle at some odd things, and you're right we could def. learn from them on that one. :) I was just saying to my oldest that kids play with kids just because they're kids. I wondered when we lose that socializing with anyone skill... he said he's never lost it, and he's right. But most of us have... Def. something we could learn to do from watching the kids. :)

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    1. Oh most definitely Rosey. I know when I was younger I made friends so much easier because I didn't think as much. Now before we make friend we start overthinking or even judging. Sometimes we just need to relax and let it be.

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  23. I love that parenthood is a co-learning experience because we don't teach the kids but they also teach us about learning to enjoy life and embracing spontaneity and ultimately just enjoying life even more :)

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    1. Oh how true that is. It's such a give and take. We learn from each other for sure. I try and make sure that my kids experiences are positive but sometimes the negatives shows it's ugly heads. :(

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  24. You are right. Children have so many things to teach us adults. Most importantly, to be honest, selfless and to not hold grudges against anybody. I love being around children because each moment with them is precious and full of lessons :D

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    1. Oh that is so true. I know that my daughter doesn't judge anyone and she just takes everyone at face value. I hope she never loses that.

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  25. I totally agree that kids teach you so many things. It is good to relive your childhood through them.

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    1. While I don't really live my childhood through them, I do however love watching them grow and be their own selves.

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  26. My daughter has taught me patience. I definitely didn't have a drop of patience in me before she was born.

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    1. Oh you and me both. I had very little and sometimes it shows but I've learned to be better.

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  27. Kids are full of innovations, ideas and love, sometime as an adult we restrict ourselves in a closed box but kids have a feather attached to them to show us the new horizon.

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    1. I love how you said that: "kids have a feather attached to them to show us the new horizon". It does seem that they are always happy go-lucky without a care in the world don't they? Gotta love them!

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  28. We often try to direct kids in the direction we think it's right, overlooking the fact that sometimes, we have to learn from them too!

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    1. You nailed it! I try not to direct my kids life unless they are totally going in the wrong direction. I want them to make and learn from their own mistakes unless it will harm them of course.

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  29. Seeing children laugh with such innocence is one of my favourite things too. Such happy creatures who can teach us new things every single day. x

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    1. That is so true. Their laughter surely is infectious!

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