While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about.
Raising kids can be the most challenging and the most fulfilling experience at once; it can be the most stressful and liberating feeling at the same time. At the end of the day, it is all about the two P’s: patience and perseverance. So long as one is willing to learn from their mistakes along the way, they are bound to do a good job as a parent. That said, parenting is not just about learning from one’s experiences while raising kids, but from those kids as well.
As baffling as this might sound, it is actually true – our children teach us as much about life as we teach them. In fact, to some extent, they do a better job as teachers when it comes to showing us how to live our lives to the fullest. Actually, the secret to this perplexing fact is rather straightforward – in their innocence, children are free from the stress and tension that tends to come naturally to adults. That is why many first-time parents rediscover the magic of enjoying life, all thanks to their tiny toddlers.
In a nutshell, it would not be an overstatement to refer to kids as stress-suckers. They are little devils with an aura of peace and joy about them. Ironically, the more we let them bring their characteristically organized chaos to our already distressing lives, the more they infuse us with a newfound freedom. The more we open our hearts to them, the more they conquer us with their mesmerizing simplicity.
The following anonymous quote is particularly relevant in this regard: “While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about.” It is noteworthy that these words are also often attributed to Angela Schwindt.