5 Life-Lessons I’ve Learned from my 5-Year-Old

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Being the parent, I always assume I’m just supposed to be the “teacher”.   The one who makes certain that I educate our girls, lead them down the road of understanding and being the good in the world and teaching them life-lessons along the way.

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Well, isn’t life funny?

I’ve been a mom now for almost 10 amazing years.  I’ve laughed, cried, second-guessed myself, held firm in my beliefs, drank wine at noon some days and hid in the closet to have a cookie all to myself with having to share.  We’ve all been there, right?  And I’ve loved every second.  Every decision I’ve made, I’ve questioned; Every lesson I’ve taught, I’ve wondered of the life-long impact it is going to have on them and their lives.

However, lately, I’ve realized that my life is like the movie “The Karate Kid”, when the student becomes the teacher type-thing.  My 5-year-old daughter, without her even knowing or trying, has taught me some of the most valuable lessons in life.  In no particular order, she’s taught me:

  1.  Always keep smiling –  Now, our little girl can smile.  She has the biggest heart, the biggest smile and giant brown eyes that will melt your soul.  See for yourself.

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No matter what her day holds, she just smiles and smiles.  Seriously, nothing can stop this girl and her happiness.

2.  You gotta fight for your right! – For now, this doesn’t mean for her to party (maybe in a few years….:-/), but it means that she knows what she wants, and she stands up for that.  And I admire that.

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3.  Stop eating when you are full –  What a concept.  For real.  I have been alive for 33 years, and I still haven’t mastered this and she has it down before the age of 6?  Awesome.  I mean, she is good.  She says no to dessert even!!  Who does that??!!! There is always room for pie, right?

4.  Give to others without wanting anything in return –  Ya know the term, “Would give someone the shirt off her back”?  Well, that was written about her.  Her toy from Christmas? Given to her sissy.   The last bite of her donut?  Offered to Mommy.  The last drink from her v8?  Here ya go Daddy!  and never a hesitation.  We all need to be more like that.

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5.  Love with your whole heart – From the moment she was born, I’ve known she was amazing.  She loves with every being of her body.  Her hugs are genuine, her “I love you’s” are true and ALWAYS come at a time when you truly need to hear it.  She walks up to people and just hugs them.  That is how she actually prefers to say hello and welcome somebody, and I’ve seen it first hand so many times – but when she does that, it actually melts people.  Like, you can see them physically go through the phases of being surprised, then a little uncomfortable and then, that melts away and they go to pure happiness.  She has a way to make people happy – what a gift.

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I know I’ve only talked about 5 ways, but my list could honestly go on and on.  Every day, I learn something new.  It helps me reset my brain, see the good in the world and filter out all the bad crap that seems to be going on.  She is my saver of sanity.

I think we could all use a little refresher on the basic things in life from our children.  They have such an innocence and simplicity about them that it really helps in zoning in and focusing on the truly simple pleasures of life.

What life lessons have you learned from your littles?

78 thoughts on “5 Life-Lessons I’ve Learned from my 5-Year-Old

  1. Kendra says:

    Great Post! I definitely have to agree about learning so much from our kids everyday. I have a 5 year old daughter as well and from birth, she has always been a social butterfly, very outgoing and very aware of everything going on around her. I am an introvert so I learn so much from her and she forces me to branch out a little more each day and be more outgoing.

  2. Taylor says:

    I’m currently pregnant with our first baby, but I love the things that we can learn from little kids. They are so giving and loving and I can’t wait to learn from my own daughter.

  3. Cia Black says:

    These are powerful lessons that we once knew when we were young and some how along the way had forgotten. We are blessed with our children to remind us of these basic lessons.

  4. Elizabeth O says:

    Interesting article. Having kids are so stressful but it’s all worth it. In just one kiss and a big hug, all of our tired will be lost. Just enjoy every single day.

  5. Shubhada Bhide says:

    So much learn on this post. I love the things that we can learn from little kids. That’s why I enjoy every single moment with my son.

  6. Julissa Camacho says:

    This article was so great and your daughter is so beautiful. I was laughing throughout the whole thing because everything you said is so true. We as adults can learn so much from our children.

  7. Valerie says:

    These are all so true. Children don’t have some of the constraints or fears that we do as adults, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing (though it is hard to carry over into a world with war, mortgage/rent payments, and responsibility for others). Still, we should take her as a model more often than not!

  8. Shibani says:

    These are such amazing lessons, especially the stop eating when you’re full one.I am also mastering that 😀 Children love with all of their heart and I think we should do that too. Love it!!

  9. Monika says:

    I loved this post! I also have a 5 year old and could easily learn lots from him! We don’t really think about those little things. When you are an adult you forget about simple stuff, like stopping eating when you are actually full 🙂

  10. Ingrid says:

    “A little child shall lead them is what the Bible says. Clearly your daughter is leading by example. I admire the fact that that no what happens nothing can wilt her smile. This the kind of thing I strive for ” that nothing should be able to stop my happiness. Sometimes I wish I were a child again with all innocence regained and cynicism lost.

  11. Jen says:

    Sat here with my five year old beside me, reading your post and smiling away to myself. How right you are. What a wonderful age, a wonderful experience, a wonderful take on life. We do learn so much from our own children. Not saying it is all easy by any means, but you’ve made some lovely points and they really do make me smile. A lot.

  12. Mikki Donaldson says:

    Yes indeed! I can’t tell you how much I have learned from my own grandchildren. They are brutally honest and forgiving people! While I know we can’t always be totally honest, we can always be forgiving.

  13. Afroz says:

    You are blessed to have such adorable daughter. She is a gem. I agree with that there are many things big or small that our kids teach us. God bless her.
    And one more such I agree you.. that is yes there is always room for pie 😉

  14. Cristina says:

    If there’s something I love about kids, that would be how pure and genuine they are with everything around them. They enjoy the smallest things to the fullest. We should learn that from them for sure.

  15. Blair villanueva says:

    Always smile. Yeah I learned this and it is truly helpful. Sometimes I still smile even am angry 🙂
    My reason is, not smiling gives you a different impressions, and wrinkles.

  16. Laura Charles says:

    what a lovely post! just from reading this post I can already see what an awesome daughter you have! These are great lessons to us adults can actually learn from. Especially # 3 lol. As a teacher I learn from my students every day, I can’t wait to see the things that I’ll learn from my own children one day when I am parent.

  17. Nicole Flint says:

    Surprisingly, we can learn a lot from our little ones. They are getting smarter and smarter everyday and sometimes it’s a little scary!

  18. Afroza Khan says:

    Aww love that always keep smiling 🙂 and stop eating when full lol! I definitely need to adhere to that concept, but then again I don’t really know if I’m full. It’s a huge problem.

  19. Dawn says:

    i’m always amazed by what we can learn from kids. and lol at the “stop eating when you’re full” thing… somehow kids just know how to do this but as adults it’s much harder 🙂

  20. David Elliott says:

    I think the big thing for me was the realization that you stop eating when you are full. I still have a hard time with that, especially when eating good food. I do think that I was trained not to think that way. So I made sure that my daughter sees things differently. And I never want my daughter to feel like she has to eat something or that she is wasting something.
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  21. Sondra Barker says:

    Children are so amazing because they’re able to see the world with such pure and untainted eyes. Just by watching them, we can learn so much from them!

    Sondra xx

  22. Michelle says:

    So true! My daughter is not even a year and a half and she’s already made me find adventure in the “every day”. It’s amazing the big things that tiny people can teach.

  23. Stephanie Cruz says:

    I absolutely love this part: “I think we could all use a little refresher on the basic things in life from our children. They have such an innocence and simplicity about them that it really helps in zoning in and focusing on the truly simple pleasures of life.”

    Oh the lessons that children teaches us without even knowing it 🙂

  24. Jacqueline says:

    Ohhh!!! I’d love to guest post this over on Deep Roots at Home if you ever do that (now or in the future), Thena! It so captures the beauty of a child’s heart and how they see things! I would change the title to ‘When The Child’s The Teacher: The 5 Things I Learned From My 5-Year Old’ so it wouldn’t mess with your SEO. I would need your bio and profile pic!

  25. Ithfifi says:

    Aww this is such a beautiful post and your girl is such a cutie! I don’t think I’ve mastered the stop eating when full thing yet either. What I really love from this post is ‘Love with your whole heart’ and to never stop smiling. I think when we remove the stresses of every day adult life these things are so key and they are the things that are at the core of life.
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