Learning From Your Children

As parents, we can get so caught up in all the things that we have to teach our children that we forget to see that kids are also great teachers. Robert Fulghum said "All I ever really needed to know I learned in kindergarten," but you don't need to go back to school to learn the all-important lessons of childhood - just pay attention to your kids. What have they taught you about life and how to live it? We asked the parents of Parent Soup what they've learned from their kids - below are some of the insights they've gained. May they inspire you to see what lessons your kids have to teach.

"My children have taught me not take anything for granted. To use every one of my senses like I never did before; to hear a song--listening to each word intently, letting the music take me to a far off land, to smell a flower and let the scent envelope me."

"To lighten up and laugh again. I forget sometimes and take things (the pressures of the adult world) way too seriously and have a hard time switching to a fun, Mommy mode. My children have taught me that it is okay to play and to have fun and to just relax and enjoy each other. As my older daughter said to me, 'Mom, I'll be grown up and moved away before you know it! Better play with me now!' I love that kid."

"My child has taught me that patience is securely tied to the end of my rope. She has reminded me of this weekly when I find myself there."

"My child has taught me to pick my battles, not sweat the small stuff that I used to think was worth worrying about."

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