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What I Have Learned from My Daughter

Updated on November 14, 2019
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Angela was a foster parent for eight years and has four daughters. She has taken many courses to help her better understand children.

Kids know how to have fun in a way we often have forgotten.
Kids know how to have fun in a way we often have forgotten. | Source

I have had some great teachers in my life, but few have taught me as much as my daughter has managed to in the short few years she has been with us. Unlike other children of mothers, my daughter was born to different parents, and my husband and I didn't get to know her until she was five years old. So she came to us with her own beliefs, her own life experiences, her own person, and what a person she is!

She is bold, confident, sweet, bossy, loving, and funny! Sometimes, she will say the most adorable things, like when my cousin said to her, "You're a really amazing little girl, you know." She turned to my cousin and said, "That's because I have an amazing mom." Seriously how darling is that, then she will go around and give me the meanest look and say, "When I get in trouble, I don't feel like I love you. I do, I know I do, but I don't feel like I do." It is incredible how a child can teach us humility, grace, spiritual awareness, patience.

Jumping in Puddles

My daughter's wet feet.
My daughter's wet feet. | Source

Renaldo the Famous Elf Dressmaker

Childlike innocence is often lost when we reach adulthood. We lose sight of the magic life brings. It's refreshing to have a child's vision of that magic along with a husband who brings humor out in it.

When Little Miss was five years old, she saw a beautiful Christmas dress at Costco; she wanted it so badly. Of course, we bought it. On Christmas morning, we sat the dress out so that it was the first thing she saw. She was so excited. Later, I asked her, "Did Santa get the same dress that was at Costco?"

Little Miss: No
Me: Oh, well, is it at least as cool as the one there?
LM: Yes,
Me: Where do you think he got it.
LM: The elves made it.
Me: Oh
My husband: Actually, Renaldo, the famous elf dressmaker, made it. Everyone knows that.
LM: Yup, even I knew that.
Me: Oh, that's neat.

To her, she did not question that Renaldo made it. Even now, at age eight, she still wants to see the magic in things. On our way home the Saturday before Easter, Little Miss stated, "I don't believe in the Easter Bunny, Santa, Tooth Fairy, or all of them." At that very moment, an opossum ran across the road, my husband asked, "Do you still believe in the great magical works of the Opossum?" Little Miss stated, "Daddy!!" Then turned to me, "Mama, do you think we could set carrots out for the Easter Bunny," and that is what we did.

Homemade Puppets

My daughter made these!
My daughter made these! | Source

Learning To Follow The Rules

One of the hardest parts about starting with a five-year-old rather than an infant is you become suddenly aware of what you say and do in terms of, do you want this behavior repeated. This memory occurred in the first half-hour of Little Miss meeting her soon-to-become-dad. My husband's cousin has a white cat, and one day they decided to use non-toxic markers and decorate their cat. Of course, my husband, the man that he is, has always wanted to decorate our cat, Polly. So when I revealed to Little Miss her new art supplies, Kevin became geeked. He ran off with a marker and started coloring Polly.

Little Miss sat down and started using her new markers, then suddenly she turns around and sees him coloring on the cat. She looks at him with wide eyes, then goes, "You're a naughty boy. We only color on paper, not cats!"

Learning That God is Even in the Small Things

I am a nanny of four kids, and one of the little girls hates bugs. So I have made it my mission to teach her how all bugs have a purpose in this world. So one day, we found a lightning bug in the middle of the day. My daughter is carrying it around, and so the little girl comes up to me, "Angie, does a lightening bug do anything good?"

My little darling chimes in and say,s "Yes, they light up the world, and shines God's love all over us, because Jesus is the light of the world." I don't think I will ever view a lightening bug the same.

Gingerbread Home

My daughter and I built this gingerbread house.
My daughter and I built this gingerbread house. | Source

Learning Humility

Now, one thing about my sweet girl is that not everything she says is so cute. She has not yet learned what is appropriate to say, and when it is appropriate to say it. Two prime examples, her birth father, is my cousin, so as a social worker came by to finalize the adoption, she goes up to the social worker and says:

"My mommy and daddy are cousins."

Yeah, I know. To make things clear, my husband is in no way related to me.

In the second example, we watched the Night at the Museum II. Remember those cute little cherubs with the body of a cherub, the face of the Jonas Brothers. Yeah, they are adorable. My daughter thought so too. She thought it was so cute she goes up to the grocery store clerk, "I got to see the Jonas Brother's naked!"

Yeah, trying to explain that one is insane!

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Just Another Funny Story

Little Miss: You want to know who I want to meet in heaven?
Me: Who?
Little Miss: Proverbs.
Me: Um...
Little Miss: Do you know why?
Me: Why?
Little Miss: Because all of the books in the Bible are names of real men.
Me: Not all the books in the Bible are names of people
Little Miss: Is Proverbs?
Me: No
Little Miss: Oh, then I want to meet John.
Me: Why.
Little Miss: Because then I could meet first John, Second John, and Third John.
Me: Actually, they are all the same person; it was just different letters by John.
Little Miss: Silly Mama, those aren't letters; they are numbers. Mom, you are so silly.

Failing College

When my daughter was eight years old, she was in the showers after swim practice; I hear her saying nonchalantly to her friends.

"Yeah, my mom, she's going back to school, which is her third time going back, she didn't pass the other times."

So as all children do, they repeat everything, seldom getting the facts right. So yet again, I found myself embarrassed at the mouth of my daughter.

For the record, I am a two-time college drop out. The first I went into the hospital for six months with ulcerative colitis, the most recent time, I adopted my beautiful little girl. Who knows what will end my attending college this time. Oh, and for the record, I have a very nice GPA, I have not failed!

© 2010 Angela Michelle Schultz


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    • angela_michelle profile imageAUTHOR

      Angela Michelle Schultz 

      9 years ago from United States

      She is truly a darling and very good blessing.

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      Lori Colbo 

      9 years ago from United States

      Your daughter is a little darling. Art Linkletter had it right, kids say the darndest things. Wonderful, touching hub. Wish I could meet little Miss. God has richly blessed you. I have two adopted grandsons. They are dear, sweet little gifts from God.

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      9 years ago from philadelphia, pa and corolla, nc

      Adorable! Voted up. Thanks.

    • angela_michelle profile imageAUTHOR

      Angela Michelle Schultz 

      10 years ago from United States

      Your welcome, I have another story to share that she the other day. I need to add that to my list. :) Thanks for commenting.

    • heavenbound5511 profile image


      10 years ago from Under the shadow of the Almighty God!

      Awesome page!

      Your Daughter sounds great! I agree Kids are a blessing and we too learn from them, I have three children.

      Children say some of the funnest stuff. It was really cute what she said about the lighting bug!

      Thanks for sharing I enjoyed reading it!

      God bless you!

    • angela_michelle profile imageAUTHOR

      Angela Michelle Schultz 

      10 years ago from United States

      I agree, thank God we found each other. :)

    • Char M profile image

      Char M 

      10 years ago from Pacific Coast

      Thank God you two found each other. Bless your heart.

    • angela_michelle profile imageAUTHOR

      Angela Michelle Schultz 

      11 years ago from United States

      Thank you Char, I love that girl with all my heart. She is a constant source of joy in my life.

    • Char M profile image

      Char M 

      11 years ago from Pacific Coast

      My daughter is still teaching me in her 30s and me in my 60's. You're such a great writer.Loved all the little stories on here.

    • angela_michelle profile imageAUTHOR

      Angela Michelle Schultz 

      11 years ago from United States

      Goji, I think the worst thing one has said to me was, "Oh Angie, you're pregnant!" Why do you say that, because your tummy is sticking out. And I used to be proud that I had a semi-flat stomach. LOL>

    • GojiJuiceGoodness profile image


      11 years ago from Roanoke, Virginia

      All kids come out with funny and embarrassing things!

      I was babysitting 3 kids one time & the little girl (age 2) came out to the kitchen where I was watching dishes and asked, "When you grow up, do you want to be a mommy?"

      "Yes, I do."

      Her older brother (age 4) joined the conversation with his assessment, "You're wearing jeans like my mommy does, so you are a mommy."

      And to finish it all off, the 2 yr old girl agreed, "Yes, you're tall enough."

      Tehe! So, the kind of jeans and your height must be what makes you a mother! ;)

    • angela_michelle profile imageAUTHOR

      Angela Michelle Schultz 

      11 years ago from United States

      Thank you bayoulady, I really am blessed. Another cute thing a little boy told me today, after I said, "Patience my dear." He goes, "I do have patience, I just can't wait!" LOL> I laughed!!!

    • bayoulady profile image


      11 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA

      Enjoyed reading this. More!So endearing! She is blessed to have you, and of couse YOU are blessed. (Kid's say the cutest things!)

    • angela_michelle profile imageAUTHOR

      Angela Michelle Schultz 

      11 years ago from United States

      Fred Allen, I laughed out loud, to which I had to read it the room full of people. As I read your comment out loud, the whole room just boomed with laughter. THanks for sharing!!! I guess we need to be careful of boasting our abilities. :) LOL

    • angela_michelle profile imageAUTHOR

      Angela Michelle Schultz 

      11 years ago from United States

      KoffeeKlotch, I truly feel I could not have had a better match. I am a very PROUD momma. She is the sunshine in my days. It helps I have a wonderful husband who has helped me know how to handle each trial we have.

    • angela_michelle profile imageAUTHOR

      Angela Michelle Schultz 

      11 years ago from United States

      Dave, I always appreciate your comments! Yes, we truly can learn from our daughters.

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      fred allen 

      11 years ago from Myrtle Beach SC

      My 6 year old daughter is always doing things and asking me if I can do them too. Finally I said "I can do everything you can do" to which she replied without skipping a beat, "Can you do the splits?"

      She got me there!

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      Susan Hazelton 

      11 years ago from Sunny Florida

      How lucky you all are to have been put together. Your daughter sounds like a bright, loving child, you are lucky to have her. You sound like a proud loving mother. It's a win-win situation. Thanks for sharing.

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      Dave Mathews 

      11 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      Angela_michelle: What a darling child you have. It is great to see that parents are not just teachers, but also students too. We can all learn from so many different sources, especially from children.

      Brother Dave.

    • angela_michelle profile imageAUTHOR

      Angela Michelle Schultz 

      11 years ago from United States

      Yes it really is, Ingenira. It's probably the greatest gift to have a child in your life.

    • angela_michelle profile imageAUTHOR

      Angela Michelle Schultz 

      11 years ago from United States

      Samsons, they really can. It's been amazing learning from my daughter. :)

    • angela_michelle profile imageAUTHOR

      Angela Michelle Schultz 

      11 years ago from United States

      Valerie, I think you are very right with that. I still think my child is special, and I am very blessed that she is MY daughter!

    • Ingenira profile image


      11 years ago

      Children are so special. They lead us to see life from different perspectives.

    • samsons1 profile image


      11 years ago from Tennessee

      voted up & beautiful! God can teach us soooo much through our children...

    • valeriebelew profile image


      11 years ago from Metro Atlanta, GA, USA

      Most moms feel that way. The others aren't worth mentioning. (:v

    • angela_michelle profile imageAUTHOR

      Angela Michelle Schultz 

      11 years ago from United States

      Thank you so much Minnetonka Twin, and that means a lot coming from you. I always appreciate when you comment on my hubs.

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      Linda Rogers 

      11 years ago from Minnesota

      What a great story and precious child you have. I absolutely LOVED reading this hub. I look forward to more and more of this. Kids are such a gift! You gave me an idea for lots of hubs about these great stories. UP and BEAUTIFUL

    • angela_michelle profile imageAUTHOR

      Angela Michelle Schultz 

      11 years ago from United States

      ecoggins, they really can.

    • angela_michelle profile imageAUTHOR

      Angela Michelle Schultz 

      11 years ago from United States

      gqgirl, The amazing thing is she really is a bright girl. She often catches people off guard with her adult way of talking. But maybe I'm just bias. She is pretty nifty.

    • ecoggins profile image


      11 years ago from Corona, California

      Children can teach us much can't they? Beautiful hub.

    • gqgirl profile image


      11 years ago from Georgia

      Wow she really is an amazing bright girl! Even discplining her daddy for coloring on the cat! lol


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