Lessons in Joy (as taught by a toddler)

If you’re a parent, it’s no mystery that you can learn a LOT from your children.  

If you’re a parent and you are confused by this statement… You’re not paying close enough attention. 

My children have taught me more in their short, little lives than I have learned in decades of living. 

So here we go!  Some simple observations of my kids as toddlers that have turned into profound adult lessons!

  1. The mess is always worth it!
  2. Make sure and giggle while the mess is being cleaned up. 
  3. It’s ok to stick your tongue out at someone you don’t like. 
  4. If you don’t have food in your hair, you’re not really enjoying it. 
  5. Always make sure and tell everyone as loudly as possible, that you don’t like what’s happening!
  6. It’s perfectly acceptable to clap for everything that brings you joy… Even if it’s just a poop in the potty. 
  7. Anytime is a good time to jump up and down. 
  8. You don’t have to share every single time. 
  9. It’s ok to have a grumpy face, grab your blankie and go off in a corner by yourself. 
  10. Every so often, you just need to run around completely naked… And giggling. 
  11. There is no wrong way to dance. 
  12. Being cute helps you get things you want. So use it. 
  13. Spinning chairs, moving sidewalks and escalators are better than amusement parks. 
  14. It’s ok to assert yourself at all times by confidently shouting “NO” as loud as you can. 
  15. If you’re not testing all of the limits, you’ll never know how far you can go. 

There are, I’m sure, many more observations and profound toddler lessons out there. Some days I’m overwhelmed at the philosophical relevance of childhood. 

Take some time today to observe and pay attention to what valuable nuggets you might be missing. 

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