things kids have taught me

i’ve worked with kids for about 7 years now. infants, school age, and everything in between. my favorite group has been the preschoolers, and i’ve hung out with them for the past year and a half. i’ve learned a great deal from my experience as a preschool teacher. the kids are so open, so eager to learn, and i was responsible for educating them (…which is a scary thought).

they’ve turned out alright, though. i’ve learned more from them than they from me, i think: about myself, about God, about life. i was offered a new position within the ministry i work for, and will be leaving the little people to work with the grown-ups (…another scary thought). so i’ve compiled a bit of a list of things that i’ve taken from my experience watching other people’s kids. it’s incomplete, i’m sure, but in so many ways they have been a blessing to me.

so without further adieu, here’s what kids have taught me:

  • nothing EVER goes as planned, and that’s OK
  • [to all the people that have said, “oh! you must have so much patience to be working with children! i could never do that!”]  it’s not about having patience so much as it is about having restraint
  • everything is breakable. EVERYTHING. even things that say they aren’t.
  • i can overcome my fears for the sake of a child
  • bleach is AH-MAY-ZING
  • you have a better chance of them listening to you if you sing it rather than say it
  • yelling to get a point across is never effective
  • i’m so never gonna be ready to be a mom
  • kids have the ability to bring out the worst in me one minute…
  • …and make my heart bleed the next
  • sometimes, you just gotta let them cry it out
  • God is love
  • Toy Story is timeless
  • your lap becomes fair game as soon as you are in a sitting position
  • don’t misjudge them. they’re smarter than you think…
  • transition and change is hard for little people…but mostly for me
  • “if you like to talk to tomatoes, if a squash can make you smile, if you like to waltz with potatoes up and down the produce aisllleee…”
  • kids are tactless
  • enjoy the little things
  • hands are for helping, not for hurting
  • i have mastered the gag reflex…
  • i am NOT perfect…
  • …and neither are they
  • it’s ok to be messy every now and then. and loud.
  • kids believe whatever you tell them
  • don’t micromanage.
  • TRUTH: “monkey see, monkey do.”
  • keep it simple
  • moms don’t get enough credit
  • telling them something once, twice and upwards to a million times is never enough…
  • we are so much like children…it’s a command for us to be: like it says here, here and here. (i suppose that’s why i thought it’d be important to take notes from them…)


what can you add to the list?