Now that we are thankfully past the nightmares of the tantrum stage, as my daughter strides towards completing her first year at school in reception, there have been so many times she has floored me with her wise words, untainted viewpoints and beautiful demeanour. Don’t get me wrong – we have our moments! But I feel as time goes on there is so much to be learned from her, and often she really has me stopping to think about the way I act or the things I say and it’s got me thinking how we could all do with being more childlike.
Recently in one of my silly frenetic moods, my daughter turned around to me and said – “Mummy, why are you always rushing? You don’t need to do that now. You can do that tomorrow.” And she was right. I could! I felt so silly in that moment rushing for what actually seemed to be no reason, probably because I had just gotten used to operating in that way.
Our children can be incredible beings to learn from, their life is simple, uncomplicated, in the moment, and pretty damn beautiful! Their hearts seem to be full of joy, their minds full of wonder, and their viewpoints untarnished. They truly know how to have fun, and embrace all that is magical in this world…no matter how small. So it made me think – how can we be more childlike, and I thought of these ways we can all embrace our childlike selves by taking a leaf out of their little books:
Do what you love
Make time to do something you love – whatever that might be. Whether it’s baking, singing, dancing around in the front room, gardening, upcycling, painting. The world is your oyster. All you have to have to do is say yes and do it.
Be curious about everything
Finding out the answers to anything and everything in this day and age is so easy thanks to Google. Next time you wonder why or how something happens, don’t just shrug your shoulders and say “I have no idea”. Go ahead and find out!
We can become so entrenched in habit sometimes that it can dull our senses as adults. Take a new route, go somewhere new, or simply explore your favourite place with a new sense of perspective.
Read a book your love….again!
Children read their favourite books over and over. Yet we leave our favourite books languishing on a bookshelf. Pick up an old favourite and re-read it again!
Kids are always careering around, yet we spend way too much time sitting as an adult. Have a swordfight, skip down the road with your little one, have a race, do some star jumps, just get the blood pumping round that adult body of yours!
Connect with nature
Connecting with nature is so important for our wellbeing, yet we don’t take nearly enough time as adults doing this. This is something kids are great at. So go bug hunting, hug a tree, feed some ducks, go on a big walk in a woods and bring nature back to your heart.
It’s official, sharing is good for you, and for others, and while it does take a bit of practice for children to start sharing, once they get the hang of it, there’s nothing sweeter than an invitation to share something with them. Try sharing something of yours with someone and see how it makes you feel. Because sharing is caring….
We can be so serious as adults and don’t laugh nearly as much as we should do! Watch something funny, do something funny, hang out with someone funny, or simply fake a laugh if you have to!
Dare to dress differently
When children get themselves dressed, they are not thinking about what matches or how they will look in it. They put on whatever they feel like and couldn’t give two hoots about what the outcome is. Try doing the same!
Say it how it is
Kids don’t mince words…they tell you exactly how they feel, and that’s the end of it. We can become so censored as adults it becomes arduous. So try taking a leaf out of their book and say what you mean, and mean and mean what you say.
Have a cry
Crying is an amazing form of release, yet when was the last time you cry. Children cry all the time, and if we feel like we need to shed a tear, we should be doing exactly the same.
Tell someone you love them
Children love to love, and they have the most beautiful ways of telling you so. But as adults, do we tell our nearest and dearest we love them enough? Probably not. So go on and pick up the phone and tell someone you love them today!
Ask for help
Children ask for help like it is the most natural thing in the world – which it should be. Yet as adults somewhere along the way we have conditioned ourselves not to ask for help. Break down those barriers and let someone help you if you need it.
There’s a reason art therapy exists. The next time your child gets crafty, don’t just get on with the chores. Pull up a seat, get hands-on and create something alongside them!
Get lost in your imagination
Remember your imagination? As adults, it’s something that doesn’t get to make much of an appearance yet children spend endless hours lost in theirs. So go on….have a daydream, try a guided meditation, create something, tell a story…and let your imagination loose!
Do you ever try to be more childlike? What do you think about trying more of any of the above? Do share in a comment below.
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