Before I went to university, I was studied Childcare at college. As part of the course I had to work in a school and a nursery two days a week. During this time, I was able to observe how children understand and interpret the world. I think there is a lot we can learn from children’s perspectives, so thought I’d share some of the life lessons I’ve learned from children.
Don’t stop asking why. As soon as children learn the word ‘why’ they won’t stop questioning everything you tell them: “It’s time to go inside now” “Why?”, “Let’s help tidy up the toys” “Why?”, “I have to go now” “Why?”. As soon as children have the verbal skills to start being inquisitive they are. Somewhere along the line we stop questioning so much and learn to accept things. It’s so important to think critically, question and look at the reason behind things. Obviously, we don’t need to question absolutely everything but it’s so important to stay inquisitive and thoughtful and to never stop thinking critically.
Your needs are the most important. Children are completely focused on meeting their own needs, but as we get older we are told to think about other people’s needs more than our own. While of course it is important to think about other people needs, I believe that it is more important to ensure our own needs are met; before we think of anyone elses. Neglecting our own needs to meet others and self-sacrificing isn’t useful or healthy.
Prioritise fun. The number one most important thing for a child is having fun. They will make their own fun, always find something to play with and try to make every situation fun. As we get older we have more things that we have to do that we don’t find fun, it’s important not to let these things consume us. Having fun and enjoying life should always be a priority, our interests, things and people we love to spend time with, should be the most important things in our lives.
Reach out to people. Children aren’t afraid to go up and ask to play with other children. They’re not afraid to put themselves out there and reach out to others. We only stop reaching out when we experience rejection, or start to fear rejection. Imagine if whenever we met or encountered someone we’d like to be friends with we actually made the next step to build a friendship with them. Yes, not every person we meet will become close friends but if we all reached out more to others the world would be a much friendlier place.
Getting to work with children was a complete privilege and I learnt so much from studying Childcare and I’m glad I’m able to share some of my experiences with you.
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