You know how kids, especially young ones, don’t seem to have a care in the world? I mean, NONE whatosever. Their only problems in life are getting a cup of water and making sure they get more batteries for their toy.
My youngest has turned out to be very different from my other two. VERY. DIFFERENT. He, literally, marches to the beat of his own drum.
But, no matter how much he gets on my nerves, how many times I have to yell at him, he has truly taught me what it means to live carefree.
Here’s a list of how to live life, from a 5 year old’s perspective:
1. Don’t hold grudges
Yes, he gets mad, but generally it lasts oh…about 5 minutes. Then, he comes over to give me a hug (probably to butter me up to ask for something), but he moves on nonetheless.
2. Get excited…about ANYTHING
And when I say anything, I mean anything. Sometimes my son gets excited about just seeing the leaves outside. Yes, it’s just leaves. Or better yet he brings every little rock in the house and lines them all up on his dresser.
3. Fully commit
When he lays on the floor and starts playing with his toys, he is.in.a.zone. You can be 2 feet away from him and call his name and he will not hear you over the car and train noises he makes with his mouth.
4. Make do with what you got
There was a time when my son got all his toys taken away from him because of his behavior. The next day I heard him in his room playing. What the heck could he possibly be playing with you ask? His shoe, a sock, and a piece of lint. Not kidding.
5. Have compassion for others
Every time we watch a movie, even if it’s something he’s seen a million times already, he gets upset when something bad happens, like when the main character in the movie falls and the bad guy is chasing behind them (think Home Alone).
6. Be passionate about your beliefs
My son can argue with ANYONE about ANYTHING. You can tell him the sky is blue and he will disagree. You can tell him that the grass is green and he will disagree. He will argue with my other two about the simplest things. If I let him, he could probably say “No, it isn’t” forever.
7. Have fun in general
My son gets all washed up first, then we tell him to go get dressed. We will sometimes go back to check on him 20 minutes later and he only has underwear on. What is taking him so long? He is singing and dancing instead of getting dressed like he’s supposed to.
8. Love learning
Because he missed the cut off, my son won’t enter kindergarten until he’s almost six. He is so ready now, though. So, in the meantime he works on sight words, workbooks, flash cards, early reading, drawing, writing, word searches, anything he can get his hands on.
What life lessons are you currently learning from your kids?