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What can we learn from the heart of a child

Updated on January 22, 2010
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We always say that everybody of us can learn from the heart of a child. The heart of a child is pure, innocent and simple. They easily forgive those who are in one way or another made them sad or cross them. They have simple wants and joys in life and when they play, they do it like it is their life, everytime they play, they do it with so much fun, unmindful of other things. They know how to be happy. They dare and are never afraid to explore and create new ideas. They think they can do everything too.

Surely there is more to learn from them. Spend a day with a child and you can learn attitudes which you can use in a lifetime. As they say, all the things you need as an adult you learn it from your childhood. I love children and I love their innocence and their smile can make my day always.

I spent my three hours every Saturday afternoon with some children around the vicinity where I stay I am just happy feeding and letting them play here in the house. They leave around the corner and they go here even if it is cold already. Their parents know me and every time they go here, their parents will accompany them at the door. They brought with them some toys and I have some books for children so that they can share too. After playing with each other, they ate and then went home. They will be back next Saturday again except during the week of holidays as they will stay with their parents on that weekend.

I like watching and taking care of children. They gave me so much lessons in life and every time I see a child smile or being happy it really melts my heart. I would like to share with you some of my thoughts about children.

  • They learn to forgive easily and never bury a hatchet nor aim for revenge. When you see a child who play with other child and they quarrel, after five minutes, they will be happy together again as if nothing happens.
  • Innocence -- every child is innocence until their minds are polluted by the outside world. Their mind is like a” tabula rasa” -- blank not until they are thrown in the harsh world of survival. It could have been nice just to stay inside the womb and be pampered, sheltered at times with the harsh of the outside world, but as human beings they need to socialize too. When we are in the outside world (outside our comfort zones), we should always keep a good behavior and throw the bad ones.
  • They have simple joys and wants in life and it is easy to please them. Just give them a toy or somebody to play with and they will be happy.
  • They don’t care about time at all too, they don’t rush at all unmindful of it, and they just concentrate on what they are doing at the time.
  • They will immediately share their food or toy without any question as long as you explain to them that the other child needs it too
  • They never expect anything in return, they just do things because it makes them happy.
  • They do things and decide without overanalyzing it and making it simple, choosing what toys to play at the moment or what cartoons to watch. They also follow instructions easily and asked all necessary questions pertaining to it.
  • They change course immediately if they know that the activity is not giving them any joy at that moment, they try and innovate ways to go to the top of the Christmas tree for example, to check on what is happening to the lights
  • They don’t cry over a spilled milk so to say, they just want another one immediately and not dwell on what happened, why is the milk not there anymore
  • They always challenge themselves to try new things, and when they play, they play like never before. They laugh out loud too for simple reasons like when they fart etc. I wish adults will have a life like it is living a life, not always worrying about things that are not yet there. Children always believe that they can fly too and do things impossible so they don’t worry at all. I asked a boy where they are moving and he told me that the new place is awesome, even if it is far and cold, he said he will have new friends he said. I learn earlier from his mom that she is divorcing the dad.
  • They are very curious and ask even the mundane questions and accept your answer as it is, they never question you or think if ever you have bad motives at all.
  • They easily give their appreciation and say “thank you” even for small things you give them, their eyes lit up and get excited for simple things.
  • They adore and are loyal to their friends.
  • Most of all, they love their parents without any question, unlike some adults who try to question what other parent has given them, for children, their parents are their pride and they look up to them like a hero or superstar.

The list is endless and that you can share yours too.

Thank you always, Maita.

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    • prettydarkhorse profile imageAUTHOR

      prettydarkhorse 

      8 years ago from US

      Thanks Micky, How are you? Maita

    • Micky Dee profile image

      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Very nice PDH. You have a way!

    • prettydarkhorse profile imageAUTHOR

      prettydarkhorse 

      8 years ago from US

      hi reymund, thanks for dropping by here, hows your holiday in the Philippines? Maita

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      reymund 

      8 years ago

      Maita, what a great hub. How I wish that all of us though aged forgive easily as that of a child.

    • prettydarkhorse profile imageAUTHOR

      prettydarkhorse 

      8 years ago from US

      I agree blondepoet, and thank you for your kind words, Maita

    • blondepoet profile image

      blondepoet 

      8 years ago from australia

      Hi there prettydarkhorse, I came to read your hub about children. Wow,what you say is so very true, there is a magic in a child that shines more brighter than the brightest beacon. A great story and tribute to our little people.

    • prettydarkhorse profile imageAUTHOR

      prettydarkhorse 

      8 years ago from US

      Hi Taylor Finch, thanks for reading this hub, maita

    • prettydarkhorse profile imageAUTHOR

      prettydarkhorse 

      8 years ago from US

      yes Tina, thanks for reading this, children are innocent really and we have to learn a lot from them, Maita

    • TINA V profile image

      TINA V 

      8 years ago

      Sometimes we can learn from the innocence of children. They can teach adults to explore new things, to learn how to forgive and to be happy in life. Indeed, this is a beautiful topic.

    • prettydarkhorse profile imageAUTHOR

      prettydarkhorse 

      8 years ago from US

      thanks habee for the read, and you have a beautiful avatar,Maita

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      Holle Abee 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      This is a beautiful hub, Maita! And God bless you for feeding and spending time with these children. Just think what a great role model you are for them!

    • prettydarkhorse profile imageAUTHOR

      prettydarkhorse 

      8 years ago from US

      oh kirsten, you are such a dear to have patience with children I will be forever your follower, and yes I agree with you I have more fun with children than adults,most of the times thanks so much for the read here, Bless you always, Maita

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      kirstenblog 

      8 years ago from London UK

      I love kids too! I have 2 part time jobs at a local primary school. I help the kids to cross the road in the mornings and afternoons and I come back to the school during the lunch hour to supervise their lunch and play. My favorite part of working with kids is that they are still open to learning and have not learned to feel embarrassed. At some point in our lives we seem to become embarrassed to learn new stuff and ask questions, like we don't want our friends to think we are dumb. Young kids are still so excited to learn that they don't get embarrassed to ask questions or just listen to advice. I have asked the kids, would you put this in the trash for me, and they ask why?. I tell them that I can't go to the trash and if I just throw it on the ground someone is going to have to pick it up or else it could become very unsafe. I explain that some trash will attract animals that are not clean and could make people sick, that some trash could cause someone to trip and hurt themselves. I tell you what they really do take it on board and are more then happy to run an errand for me. I love explaining why I will pick a worm up and put him someplace safe with soil. I also love how silly I can be with them, they love hearing my stories and singing with me and even making animal impersonations. There are very few adults I could have that sort of fun with and most would look at me like I was loony and the other members of staff probably do! Funny thing is I get some of the best results with those kids who have behavior problems, the "problem kids" are my favorites and I am often called over to help deal with those problems. I think its because I take the view that no one has taught them not to do such and such, I don't want them to feel bad or anything, just sort out the problem so that everyone can be happy. They respond to this approach cause many of them want to be good kids and are really hurt by being made to feel they are 'bad'.

    • prettydarkhorse profile imageAUTHOR

      prettydarkhorse 

      8 years ago from US

      hi Revlady, I agree with you, children expect little and are always happy no matter what you give them,thats where they get their happiness too, adults are very hard to please, Ia gree with yuor take, hugs too, Maita

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      RevLady 

      8 years ago from Lantana, Florida

      Maita, a cherished hub. On accasion, Jesus would use a child or He would make reference to children when teaching about Christian living. We need those child like qualities you mentioned. How wonderful the world would be if we were more childlike in our interactions with each other and the world.

      Your mention of "simple joys" reminded me of children who receive gifts and enjoy the box it came in more than the gift itself. Many adults, on the other hand, get angry and relationships suffer because someone did not get the gift they wanted and so forth.

      All of us need to retreat to the world of children on occasion to keep us reminded of those vital characteristics that makes life so enjoyable.

      Thank you prettydarkhorse.

      Love and hugs,

    • prettydarkhorse profile imageAUTHOR

      prettydarkhorse 

      8 years ago from US

      hi poet, thank you for reading this hub, maita

    • prettydarkhorse profile imageAUTHOR

      prettydarkhorse 

      8 years ago from US

      hi Kerry, yes, we continue to learn from our children, thanks for the read, maita

    • prettydarkhorse profile imageAUTHOR

      prettydarkhorse 

      8 years ago from US

      hi ehern, yes, children at times gives harmony and love to those around them, thnaks for the read, Maita

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      poetlorraine 

      8 years ago

      lovely

    • prettydarkhorse profile imageAUTHOR

      prettydarkhorse 

      8 years ago from US

      hi Taylor, thanks for the read, Maita

    • prettydarkhorse profile imageAUTHOR

      prettydarkhorse 

      8 years ago from US

      hi peacenhim, I agree with your take, Amen too, thanks for the read, Maita

    • K Partin profile image

      K Partin 

      8 years ago from Garden City, Michigan

      Hello again maita,

      great hub, both my boys are grown now but I learned allot from them and still learning from them. It will never end. Thanks Kerry

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      ehern33 

      8 years ago

      You are so right, there is no joy like that of children. I am blessed that I spend so much time with my grand-daughter and her face is always full of excitement. She is never sad, and constantly reminds me of her love. When she is around, harmony just follows her. Great work Maita!

    • Taylor Finch profile image

      Taylor Finch 

      8 years ago from United Kingdom

      What a lovely reminder about how special children are.

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      peacenhim 

      8 years ago

      Wonderful Hub!! That's why Jesus said we need to come to Him with the Faith of children as they are humble and innocent. Amen! This message is so True! Thank you for sharing!

    • dohn121 profile image

      dohn121 

      8 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      You did a great job on this hub, Maita. Thanks so much for honing in on exactly why I want children! I think you pretty much summed it up right here:

      They laugh out loud too for simple reasons like when they fart etc. I wish adults will have a life like it is living a life, not always worrying about things that are not yet there.

      Yes, that carefree attitude is exactly what adulthood takes away from us. Thanks again Maita!

    • prettydarkhorse profile imageAUTHOR

      prettydarkhorse 

      8 years ago from US

      thanks raging for the read! maita

    • Raging Bull profile image

      Raging Bull 

      8 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      Hello Hello Maita, what a Brilliant hub!! Thank you for getting this SPECIAL MESSAGE out there!

      Love & Hugs

      Billie

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