Parents are their kids’ greatest teachers. And every parent knows, it’s a full-time, day and night job. And although it is a hard job, it is that much more rewarding. But, what many parents have don’t know is that the influence is mutual. Sometimes, kids can help us remember some of the things from our childhood we have long since forgot, but also open us to new discoveries.
Through fun exploration with kids, parents will have a chance to learn something new from their kids, and without even realizing it!
Getting the Most out of Each Day
A child’s day is different from an adults in many ways. Kids have a different sense of time, and that allows them to seek out endless opportunities each day. While adults may have forgotten how that looks like, kids can inspire their parents to the same.
In the same way that kids seek out adventure each second, it motivates parents to the same. And yes, parents need time to rest, but kids make us remember that enjoying leisure activities, the company of friends, or individual activities like reading, drawing, playing can be just as relaxing as putting your feet up in the air.
Having More Fun
When it comes to having fun, kids wrote the playbook on it, literally. Their ability to scan their surroundings, and find ways of utilizing their creativity to have fun is one of the wonders of being a child. For adults it is a bit difficult, but with kids around we can tap into our inner child.
By spending time watching kids and seeing them smile we smile more. Because of the curious properties behind facial psychology we begin smiling and laughing more, which raises our overall happy feelings, making us want to have more fun, rather than waiting on it to just happen.
Learning through Play
Learning through games and play is another ability kids help us remember. Kids use play time and games to understand and learn about the world around them. It is a familiar activity that helps them absorb the things adults take for granted.
Today’s kids spend and enjoy playing video games, and parents mostly focus their attention to interactive. Interestingly themed cryptids games, for example, prove a chance for kids to play with parents, but also teaches them about Greek mythology, quick thinking and response, and improves their language skills. Other games that feature math and science, children’s cognitive capacities, and refresh the memory of parents for long forgotten facts.
Children’s innocence and love knows no boundaries, and this relates to the relationships they maintain with friends. This absolute care and empathy for others, provides a glimpse to parents how they themselves used to treat their friends.
This will inspire parents to pursue their own friends, and once again establish meaningful bonds with them. And since sharing and kindness have no age limit, it will make them more caring friends, and never again will they neglect and take for granted their friends.
Trying Out New Things
Children are also curious creatures, who can sometimes seem like endlessly fearless to their parents. This allows them to seek out new and interesting things, and try them. And any parent needs to listen to their child, and provide them with new things. This creates a spark among adults, awakening a desire in them to do the same. Parents will reflect this into their own life, and when a new thing presents itself to them, they will grab it, and fearlessly experience something new, just like their kids.
In the end, children provide an endless resource of memory, but also change. Change that can be implemented by remembering how we all used to function in this world. Taking us back and making us re-connect with our child, we will learn amazing things, and that is never a bad thing.
Sophia Smith is a freelance writer from Brisbane, Australia with huge interest in fashion, yoga and healthy living. She loves sharing meaningful content that educates and inspires people. Sophia writes mostly in lifestyle related topics, mainly through blogs and articles. She is regular contributor at High Style Life.