Life lessons from little ones

 There’s no denying that babies and young children have a zest for life and a thirst for knowledge.

As parents, grandparents, relatives and family friends, we are acutely aware of all they will need to know as they learn and grow.

Six months ago I became a grandma for the first time, and it’s a beautiful thing to watch this young life developing before my eyes ~ his individual character coming through, self-expression making itself felt, joy being his default mood most days!

I look forward to cuddling and cossetting him as the young baby he still is.

He settles briefly, enjoying the contact, even as he yearns to wriggle free, grow away from protective arms and move independently.

He’s ready for new experiences, some embraced swiftly and others he’s more cautious about.

We think of all we can teach and help him with in the months and years to come.

But have you considered just how much little ones can teach us?

It’s worth a thought.

Here’s an example of what babies teach us:

  • What goes in must come out somewhere
  • Comfort = a full tummy, warm embrace and a personal slave 
  • Crying, kicking and screaming are great ways to get attention
  • Sleep is a luxury denied to new parents ~ most parents actually
  • Unpredictability is the name of the game ~ keep ’em guessing
  • Clothes are only worn to get them dirty
  • I may be small but you’ll need a whole house/garage to store my stuff in
  • Babies rule, OK?

And now for the more positive things we learn from them:

  • Rest/nap when you need to ~ listen to your body
  • Be fully present and alert when you’re awake
  • Embrace each new day as an adventure, arms open ready to receive, mind willing to learn
  • Know your limitations and seek to move beyond them at your own pace
  • Be sociable and friendly ~ everyone needs a smile
  • Hug those you love the most and who love you
  • Trust daily needs to be provided for
  • Learn how to listen and communicate with others
  • Be willing to try/learn/enjoy something new every day
  • Realise the importance of play as relaxation, therapy and education
  • Enjoy life’s simple pleasures
  • Express gratitude
  • Be fully yourself
  • Be true to your feelings
  • Show love, give love and receive love
  • Remember that you’re a unique, valuable, wonderful human being ~ just as you are

These are just a few things that infants and children can teach us. I’m sure you can think of some more!

My grandson is teaching me so much already, not least to embrace life with joy and enthusiasm, to appreciate things I would otherwise take for granted and to appreciate my loved ones all the more.
It is my dearest hope and prayer to leave him a lasting legacy of faith in God. He is already giving me a legacy of grace as he savours life with joyful trust, openness and abandon.

“He called a little child and had him stand among them. And he said, “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me” ~ Matthew 18:2-5

I’m encouraged by the thought that even tinies have things to teach us. And as we stay teachable in our spirits, God finds numerous ways to make His wisdom known to us, to open our eyes to life anew, and reveal more of His grace and joy in the everyday.

Joining Holley and Jennifer as we seek to encourage your hearts and tell His story of redemption and grace.

10 thoughts on “Life lessons from little ones”

  1. Hi Joy! We celebrated our grand daughters 2nd birthday this weekend. It's a blessing to watch her grow and experience the world. I also have little people at home so your post is close to me. Thanks for sharing the wonder of the world and all the things we can learn through the eyes of a child. Visiting today from #TellHisStory.

    1. Hi Lisha! It's lovely to see you. I feel blessed to have been your neighbour over at Jennifer's place! Thanks for sharing your thoughts and joining in the conversation here. May your little ones continue to teach you to marvel at life as you join in with their "wonder of the world." Blessings to you and yours. 🙂 x

    1. Hi Kathleen. Yes, I seem to be learning something new each month as he grows and I sense there is so much more still waiting to be discovered! It's been great fun so far to be a grandma. Thank you for stopping by, friend. 🙂 x

  2. Good morning my friend, I can't believe how much he has grown. I think babies are enjoyed the most be grandparents…you can give them back ;). The list you made…that is how everyone can live if we don't get distracted by stuff we worry about – that almost never happens.
    I have two nieces of 3 and 4. I feel like a grandma when I see them. I love watching them explore their world and the best part – they teach me to see the world through their eyes. A very different world to the adult world.
    The sun is peeking from behind the mountain. I'm going to wake James. He makes the best cappuccino in the world.
    Have a fabulous day filled with love and hugs from little Elliot.

    1. Good evening, Patricia. No, me either! And you're right, as grandparents we reserve the right to hand him back to his parents whenever we want to, lol. Thank you for spotting that the list above is, "how everyone can live if we don't get distracted by stuff we worry about." That was what I hoped to convey.
      Your observations as an auntie, "I love watching them explore their world and the best part ~ they teach me to see the world through their eyes" is exactly how I feel about Elliott. It is easy to lose that awareness to some extent as parents because we get too caught up in the minutae of taking care of them and the sheer weariness it provokes.
      Until we 'meet' again, enjoy your travels, family, cuddles and cappucino, my friend. 🙂 xx

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