is the notes of squeals and laughter from the elementary school opposite my house. My dogs and I walk on the road around the school everyday. We watch children on swings, some playing soccer and others tennis on the playground during their most desired session of school – recess.
Growing up today is harder than ever for children. Most of them live in nuclear families and are isolated from their grandparents and extended family. They wake up and sleep to news of violence, war, natural disasters and horrific traffic accidents. Children face tougher challenges with the increasing rates of divorce, addiction, poverty, population, abandonment and trafficking.
Despite all of this, we have so much to learn from these little beings. Between adults and kids, the latter are clearly more joyful than us. It doesn’t matter how gloomy we are, the inner child within us bounces out in their presence. Imagine a child who wraps her arms around you. The warm nuzzle of her chin on your shoulder is just priceless.
Children respond to animals, pets, toys and animated characters by instinct. They approach life with indiscriminate love rather than logic and fear.
They explore the world of imagination. It helps influence their thoughts, their actions, it helps them heal. They use it all the time, when alone, at home, with friends, when they’re at school, at sports practices, art, music and dance classes.
Today, I want to share with you a TED Video by Adora Svitak, a young Seattle girl who talks about what adults can learn from children.
Share with me, I would love to know. What is your biggest learning from today's children? What do you like the most about them?