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What Have You Learned From Your Children?

  1. raisingme profile image82
    raisingmeposted 7 years ago

    My children have been my greatest source of inspiration and my greatest teachers.  I feel that I have learned more from them then I could ever teach them.  What have you learned from your children that has made you a better person?

    1. rebekahELLE profile image88
      rebekahELLEposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      such a beautiful post! 
      I feel very much the same.

      compassion, support, listening and understanding, trust, hope, love, using our gifts and talents..
      my two sons are in their 20's now and lost their father while still quite young. they continue to show me perseverance, taking responsibility and making things happen, not waiting for life to do it for us. they also make me laugh a lot! I feel extremely fortunate to be their mother. they show me possibilities are only limited by our own minds, to shoot for the stars and go beyond. it is thrilling to watch them grow and begin to accomplish their dreams.

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    ralwusposted 7 years ago

    to be a better grandpa

  3. Princessa profile image84
    Princessaposted 7 years ago

    To be more patient.  Patient with their mistakes, patient with myself (it takes a lifetime to learn how to be a mom), patience with the little things that might drive you mad in everyday life...

    1. Polly C profile image91
      Polly Cposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      That's what I was going to say - there is no one to teach you patience like a child!

  4. TamCor profile image81
    TamCorposted 7 years ago

    I've learned Grace and forgiveness from my oldest two children in the past week...they are both in their mid-20's, and learned last week of the death of their biological father, who they hadn't seen, or spoken to, in over 10 years due to his battles with alcohol and drugs.

    When faced with the responsibility of either paying for his burial, or letting the city do it at no cost to them, they both made the decision to pay for it themselves, each using all of the savings they had.

    They just couldn't stand the thought of him having a cold, impersonal burial, even after all he had put them through. They have put aside all the differences they'd had with him, and, hopefully, now will have some peace.

    My husband and I are so very proud to be their parents...

    Tammy and Tom Cornett

    1. Flightkeeper profile image73
      Flightkeeperposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      That is so touching.  You have raised fine children.

      1. TamCor profile image81
        TamCorposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Thank you, Flightkeeper--I really appreciate that... smile

  5. lrohner profile image82
    lrohnerposted 7 years ago

    Spit-up stains. Permanently.

  6. tobey100 profile image61
    tobey100posted 7 years ago

    Five boys is three too many!!!

  7. wychic profile image90
    wychicposted 7 years ago

    That I don't know everything I think I know, and I don't play enough. In case I have any doubts about the effects my parenting has, my son gladly replays it for me with the dog so that I can see just how he interprets whatever I do.

  8. Rafini profile image91
    Rafiniposted 7 years ago

    Ooh, good question!

    I've learned: to be more patient, how to multi-task, to put up with some back ground noise while attempting to concentrate on whatever it is I'm trying to do, to overlook what I don't like in order to compromise, to negotiate, to speak up in a crowd when necessary, and most importantly, how to love.

  9. lisabeaman profile image83
    lisabeamanposted 7 years ago

    I've learned different things from each of them. From my oldest I gained a better understanding of unconditional love. From my middle child I grew in my faith in helping her overcome her fears. I regained joy from my youngest who constantly reminds me not to take life too seriously.

  10. SomewayOuttaHere profile image59
    SomewayOuttaHereposted 7 years ago

    ...to love

  11. Dobson profile image81
    Dobsonposted 7 years ago

    My children are a great joy. I have learned to wipe away all pretense and look at things from a child's perspective. As I worte in my hub about what my son said I learned that burning something is actually "putting fire on it." I had never thought of it like that before.

  12. Misha profile image75
    Mishaposted 7 years ago

    A lot about myself and society and the world as a whole. See my parenting hub for one of the examples. And I'm still learning. smile

  13. Ivorwen profile image75
    Ivorwenposted 7 years ago

    My children have shown me how many possibilities remain in this world.  They are limited only by their imagination...  They don't care for physics, and have so many ideas of ways to improve what already exists, as well as ideas for things that have no name.

    They have also shown me how many things can be accomplished through team work.  When they get an idea and everyone involved has a good attitude, they can move mountains or at least create them and bend steal to meet their requirements.

  14. manlypoetryman profile image75
    manlypoetrymanposted 7 years ago

    Sincere bravery and dedication, dog-ged determination, devotion to duty and ideals, discipline, laughter, great level of achieving success, courage to stand for what you believe, setting a goal...and attaining it, self-sacrifice, accomplishment of the highest order...I could go on...but I still would miss a few...you probably can sense the great respect I have for my children and what they have been able to do!

  15. RooBee profile image76
    RooBeeposted 7 years ago

    To just BE.

  16. PrettyPanther profile image84
    PrettyPantherposted 7 years ago

    My children reminded me how to notice the little things, like the funny-looking bug hanging on a leaf, or the weird shape of a tree trunk.

  17. Fluffymetal profile image79
    Fluffymetalposted 7 years ago

    My daughter is 12 1/2 and I learn from her everyday.  She inspires me to be the greatest, happiest, most grateful person and mom.  I love her so much. big_smile

  18. LeanMan profile image87
    LeanManposted 7 years ago

    The greatest thing that I learned from my kids was....

    How to use a mobile phone... lol...

    Still only use it dial numbers and receive calls but they seem to spend hours with theirs..

  19. BRIAN SLATER profile image88
    BRIAN SLATERposted 7 years ago

    My daughter has shown me lots of times how to set the timer on the video recorder, but i still forget.

  20. raisingme profile image82
    raisingmeposted 7 years ago

    I am loving these answers - all of them.  Children have a way of bringing out the best us if we allow them to.  It is wonderful to see a forum full of parents that have a deep appreciation and respect for the gifts our children bring to our lives.

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    Home Girlposted 7 years ago

    That you can give birth to somebody, who is completely different from you.
    That because of them you've become a better and stronger person.