Childhood is temporary-The effects of childhood are forever

They have one chance to be a kid- You have one chance to show them how to grow up and be an adult

Childhood is the time when it is okay to sit and rest whenever and where ever you want.
Childhood is the time when it is okay to sit and rest whenever and where ever you want. | Source
Childhood is when we see so many simple things, and appreciate how amazing they all are.
Childhood is when we see so many simple things, and appreciate how amazing they all are. | Source
Being a kid, gives you permission to make big messes for no reason at all.
Being a kid, gives you permission to make big messes for no reason at all. | Source
Children learn who they are and how to respond to the world based on their experiences
Children learn who they are and how to respond to the world based on their experiences | Source
Being a child is when you can throw a fit, and all people will say is- she needs a nap.
Being a child is when you can throw a fit, and all people will say is- she needs a nap. | Source
Being a kid is when you will be in timeout for a fist fight, rather than in jail.
Being a kid is when you will be in timeout for a fist fight, rather than in jail. | Source

The Truth about Childhood

The truth about being a child is that no matter what anyone tells you, you want to be a grown up. When you finally grow up, you wish you were a child again.

When you are a child, everything that happens seems like it is the end of the world or the most wonderful, exciting, moment you could have ever imagined.

Being a child gives you the time needed to figure things out so the world makes sense when you become an adult.

It is the time that you can ask questions about anything you want to know about,and it is okay. You are not looked at as being stupid but looked at as being smart, and people will speak of how 'bright' you are, and how much potential you have for success for all the inquiries you make to learn more.

Childhood is the only time it is acceptable for boys to look up girls skirts, and they can do so without being labeled a pervert-but are excused because they are just little boys.Try this as an adult and expect to be slapped, expect a restraining order and possibly even a jail sentence.

When you are a child Mommy is the most beautiful woman in the world and Daddy can fix just about anything that breaks.

When you are a child, the world is full of possibilities and wonder, because you have not yet realized that society has put rules and limits on just about everything and everyone.

Childhood is the time in our lives that saying I am sorry is usually enough to earn forgiveness. As an adult you better have reasons, flowers, gifts, and a million I’m sorry’s, and even then-it is no guarantee that you will receive forgiveness for any of your efforts.

Childhood is the one time in life that you will have complete control over the people that surround you. You can ask for a drink and they bring you a drink. You dirty your pants, and someone comes to wipe your butt and gives you new pants. You sneeze and your nose is quickly wiped clean for you.

As a child it is perfectly normal to leave messes everywhere, use your fingers to eat and not silverware as well as; pick your nose (and sometimes eat your bugar's), which is perfectly okay and understandable-for no other reason than you are a kid and being a kid requires you to do such things.

When you are a child, and you feel sick-mommy kisses on you, and brings soup and ice cream for as long as it takes you to get better. As an adult, you are told you act like you are a child when you are ill.

Childhood is finding out that not all people in the world are nice, and telling them that my mommy/my daddy is going to beat you up. Adulthood is realizing the possibility that you may be one of those, Not So Nice People .

As a child you can be a dinosaur one minute and a princess the next and you are viewed as being full of imagination with limitless potential. If you decide to act like a dinosaur one minute and a princess the next as an adult, you will find many people questioning your sanity.

Being a child is the time where mommy and daddy can get rid of the monsters under the bed and the boogie man in the closet. As an adult, if you feel like someone or something is under your bed or in the closet, you don't take the time to check things out or find someone that will-You instead grab your cellphone as you are running out the front door and calling the cops!

The truth about childhood is; all too often adults don’t recall how the world looks when you are a child and they push you to grow up to become adults, when you should be enjoying childhood.

As an adult and as a parent, remember that childhood is the time for discovery, the time for mistakes, for questions and the time that a child needsto be shown unconditional love, understanding and shown support.

It is the time to teach our children that they are perfect- just as they are. This is the time where children need to know that your love for them will not alter or fade.Teach them, that win or lose, it is how they play the game that matters.

Childhood is the time that personalities are developed, and the way we view the world and see ourselves begins to form. A large part of how a child views the world and themselves, is determined by the parents, it is important that you take this responsibility seriously and take time to ensure you are helping your child in building a solid foundation for becoming an adult.

Childhood is temporary-

The effects of childhood are forever.

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Veronica Allen 6 years ago from Georgia

HC you said it! At times, when I'm fussing at my two little ones, I have to remind myself of the fact that they are just kids - and I should give them the room (with boundaries of course) to experinence that.

This is such a great reminder to us parents, that everything we do, say, how we react and do not react, will effect our children one way or another.


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H.C Porter 6 years ago from Lone Star State Author

Veronica,

Thanks for the feedback. I too have 2 little ones and I too find myself frustrated at times. I am with them 24/7 (more/less), and get irritated at their constant fighting (they are 1yr and 2yrs), some day’s by 7pm, just want them to go to bed and sleep through the night. But I have gotten better at stopping myself and calming myself down, and remind myself that they are kids, and all that they know is what I have taught them-and all they want when they are pulling at me, is time with me...So at that point-we read, we play, and I referee them so they don’t hurt one another :) Thanks again for being the first to read this hub

hc


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Ann Nonymous 6 years ago from Virginia

Beuaitfully written and well done H.C. You are right when you as a child all yoiu want to do is grow up...Now that I have, all I want to do is be a child!!


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Sage Williams 6 years ago

H.C. A wonderful hub and so well written. Love the pictures. Might these be your children? They are beautiful in every sense of the word. You can see the wonder in their eyes. Children are the worlds most precious gift of all. Enjoy your little treasures!

Great Job!

Sage


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H.C Porter 6 years ago from Lone Star State Author

Thanks Ann- I wish I would have enjoyed being a kid. Even back then I can remember wishing I was old enough to take care of myself, now...Wish I would have allowed myself to be taken care of-because since I have become an adult-I seem to be the one who takes care of everything...Such is life :)

hc


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Richieb799 6 years ago from Cardiff, Wales UK

Hey H.C, yes, I like the part where you say everything seems the most wonderful gift haha, it's true, you remember certain places, ie a water park, and when your a teen you say to your mate 'we should go here the water-slides are HUGE, I used to go as a kid', and then you go as a teen and they aren't amazing at all!, thats just a example I could remember lol


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H.C Porter 6 years ago from Lone Star State Author

Thanks Richie for commenting- I know what you mean, when I was a kid, I recall spending the summers at my Aunt Mary's house. I recall her back yard being huge, and it taking my breath away running to the end of the woods and back. Years later I went back, and it wasnt big at all, I wondered, did it shrink? What I wouldnt give to have the same amazement I had as a child.


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Moesky 6 years ago from Amsterdam

You've shown us that you understand childhood - an indispensable requirement for being a good parent - your children are fortunate, and will take that understanding with them as "they" grow to adulthood. Children can be exhausting, but it's worth every tiring moment when you can recognize the "wonder" of them. And the time that they are children is so short - if we can remind ourselves of that, we cherish their childhood even more.

On another note... I remember asking my father what it was like to be a grown-up, and saying something like, "it must be boring, 'cause you can't play cowboys anymore"...

His reply was, "Oh - we have other games to play!"


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H.C Porter 6 years ago from Lone Star State Author

Moesky,

A thanks for your comment-it is very much appreciated. I love your question to your father, and his answer to you :) I would have to say that the games that we played as children had more lasting enjoyment-than the ones that we played as adults. As a child, I found pleasure doing the same thing over and over again, it never got boring...As an adult-although I do the same things over and over again (I am OCD), I often wish for a change in the repetitive games that are all too often adults tend to play. :)

hc


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H.C Porter 6 years ago from Lone Star State Author

Sage,

I am sorry-I read your comment and didn’t comment back, my children woke up from nap time. In deed these are my two little ones. All except for the last photo of the little boy, whom is my nephew. I love them always, some days Mommy needs a nap more than the kids do, but regardless they are spoiled with love and affection :)


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Mekenzie 6 years ago from Michigan

Great insight into the child's mind. I loved it! Your kids will grow up so quickly .. enjoy them .. teach them all you can about respect, kindness, love etc. They will learn mostly from you and the way you treat them and others. My three are now grown with children of their own. What a Joy to get into the mind of my dear grandkids. Precious thoughts! Thanks for your Hub! Blessings


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H.C Porter 6 years ago from Lone Star State Author

Mekenzie, Thanks so much for your comment. I appreciate it. They do learn from us. I hope that I am able to teach them more kindness than anything :)


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

HC, this was beautifully written. There is a poetic aspect to this that was slightly sad.

Children seem to grow up faster than we did when I was a kid--they are more aware and "worldly," and I think that is in many ways a shame. When children lose their innocence and no longer trust the world to the extent they once did, something beautiful is sacrificed. Yes, they need to grow and learn and become aware to survive in the adult world, but that same world needs their innocence, also.

Our collective salvation from the loss of this innocence is, of course, seen in the eyes of other children. We may not ever experience that charm and trust and inquisitive nature and childlike acceptance again in our own children, but perhaps we will see it again in our children's children, and we will appreciate it even more.

Thank you for this, it was tremendously well written and touched my heart.

Mike


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H.C Porter 6 years ago from Lone Star State Author

Mike, Thank you so much for that wonderful compliment and for understanding exactly where I was coming from when I wrote it. I am glad that you liked it and that you know what it means to be a child, with an innocence that only adults can destroy. I think that you are write, kids today grow up so fast and in a way what they are losing is the right to a childhood that they need to experience.

I am far from the perfect parent and have to catch myself in the middle of frustrating situations, when I am wishing they would just stop, and grow up- but then I realize, I don't want them to-I love that they are learning about the world, asking questions and learning how to express themselves.

What a true honor it is, to be able to witness such outstanding development in our children. Thanks again Mike- your comment meant a lot.

HC


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Paradise7 6 years ago from Upstate New York

I loved this hub. Terrific!


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H.C Porter 6 years ago from Lone Star State Author

Paradise7

Thanks for your comment. I am so glad that you enjoyed it :)


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hypnodude 6 years ago from Italy

What a wonderful hub, very well done. I believe that happy adults are those who are able to maintain a childish part inside themselves. Very beautiful hub. Rated and stumbled and bookmarked. :)


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H.C Porter 6 years ago from Lone Star State Author

hypnodude,

Thanks for your comment. I am glad you were able to read the hub! Good point and something to think about- Happy Adults still have a bit of a Childlike being about them :) Thanks for stumbling, bookmarking and rating (hopefully up) :)

hc


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hypnodude 6 years ago from Italy

Of course yes. :)


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H.C Porter 6 years ago from Lone Star State Author

LOL- hey, you never really know what some people will do :D I know I have agitated a few people here and there- just making sure, lol...Thanks :)


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Chaotic Chica 6 years ago

I love it! As truthful as they come! :)


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H.C Porter 6 years ago from Lone Star State Author

chaotic chica, thanks for reading and leaving a comment. I appreciate you spending the time to do so. childhood is the foundation for the rest of our lives-wish parents thought about that before they neglect their kids for their own selfish wants and needs. thanks again for your comment :)


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ChristinaScibona 6 years ago from The Heart of the Finger Lakes

Wow, I am really impressed with your writing and you really make the reader think about life as the words are read. Thank you so much.


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H.C Porter 6 years ago from Lone Star State Author

ChristinaScibona, Thanks for your kind comment. I miss being a kid sometimes (a lot of times), but I am glad that I am able to experience parts of childhood that I miss- through my kids and their amazement with the world


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gmwilliams 4 years ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

This is such a wonderful and beautiful hub. Childhood is indeed the time for being the freest and exploring life in all its wonders.


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H.C Porter 4 years ago from Lone Star State Author

gmwilliams- Thanks for the comment- It brought me back to this hub, which I reread and edited a bit... :) I think kids need to be kids-not adults... There is no need for them to worry about adult things until they become an adult-parents should know that, but don't.

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