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What I have Learned from my Children
Many believe that parenting is the duty of teaching children the difference between right and wrong, life skills, and discipline. Although these are the goals of parents, enjoying and learning from your children is just as important. I have learned some very valuable lessons from my own kids.
Enjoy their Time when they are Young
Record everything they do. My oldest is only two, but there are times when I wish I would have recorded her roaring like a dinosaur, or repeating any animal noise that I made. They were cute, but she doesn't do it anymore. Eventually, someday, she will no longer want to cuddle, and she will hate it when I tickle her. Today, though, I will enjoy my time with her.
Many see small children as annoying, bothering you when you are trying to do something. They are not trying to be annoying, just to have fun. By taking the opportunity to play with my kids, I have been able to use my imagination in ways that I haven't done since I was a little one. I have become a horse, a tickle monster, and a train. I get to run around and look foolish, but no one calls the crazy house on me. Having kids lets me do any weird thing I want, and I can blame it on them.
Learn to Listen
Learning to listen to a 2 year old has been trying. I have a hard time distinguishing some words, like "skirt" and "shirt." Having to listen to her has taught me how to listen to everybody. You may be able to hear everything, but have a hard time to understand others. Learning to listen to your own children helps when listening to others. You learn to repeat back to make sure that you have heard the information correctly.
Children are very carefree. Although I can't be this way all the time, it is nice to be able to do so sometimes. Being able to be carefree is very important to keeping yourself healthy, as stress has been shown to shorten life. Playing with my children, all my cares melt away, if even for a little while. I am able to forget about the bills, where the money is coming from, or what I am bring to Great Aunt Mildred's 121st birthday party.
I have continued to learn from my wonderful children. I have learned that they can melt you heart after making you extremely angry. It is ok to run around in your socks, although you should be careful on tile floors. Pie for breakfast is OK on vacation.
Learn everyday. Making yourself more knowledgable in something will keep your curious and interactive.
Try new things; if you don't, you won't know what you are missing.