Lessons from a Toddler

Yesterday I got to spend some one-on-one time with a toddler while her mommy got out of the house for a bit. These are 5 important life lessons I (re)learned:

  1. Keep it simple. Sometimes, a plastic bucket is the best seat in the house. Don’t put style over practicality, especially if practical is equally or more comfortable.
  2. Waste not, want not. If you drop a piece of Cap’n Crunch on the floor, just pick it up and eat it. There are starving children in this country who’d love that slightly dirt-bespeckled Crunch Berry. Just be thankful you have the cereal and the floor to drop it on.crunch berries
  3. Don’t take life too seriously. Sometimes, you just need to put on your “pretties,” twirl around, and laugh your head off for no other reason than it makes you feel good.
  4. Do what works for you. Just because society says socks come in pairs and must be worn as such doesn’t mean you have to do it that way.  Do what works for you.  If having one sock on and one sock off makes you happy, just do it.
  5. Stop and take some time to soak in the sunshine. This kid took several breaks from playing, eating Crunch Berries, and watching The Tigger Movie to run to the window, draw back the curtain, and just stand in the window, saying “sunshine!” It made her totally happy. My doctor’s been pushing this idea for years now. It’s all about the Vitamin D, people. It improves the mood!

This kid’s so smart.

Fun fact I learned: Tinker Bell is named Tinker Bell because her fairy job is “tinker;” she fixes and makes things. Good to know.

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5 responses to “Lessons from a Toddler

  1. I love when I get to spend time with kids that are such open minds! The little insight into their world really makes you wonder about the things we stress out about, and how we could see the world a lot lighter!

  2. Exactly! They’re good for perspective. 🙂

  3. igotthismartha

    Little girl toddlers are so frilly and fun! Today, Hattie and I wore pajamas all day! She changed her pajamas twice. First, she wore her princess pajamas, and then she had to change into her Ariel the mermaid nightgown. I call them costume or wardrobe changes!

  4. Kevin

    Loved this – thanks so much – my wife and I needed this so much!

  5. Sounds like a good day! If we could all hold onto the simple ways of life and the happiness like children there wouldn’t be 90% of the hell going on around the world–totally believe that. Love kids 🙂

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