This Children’s Day, here are a few things you can learn from your child

If you ask yourself that question, and your conscience is alive and awake, that question should actually scare you. Because answers to that question tell you how far away you’ve come from all that is joyous and light. What can adults learn from children? Kindness, unconditional love - no matter how much you scold or punish them, they’ll come running back to you, selflessness, the willingness to share whatever you have, no matter how inconsequential it seems to another person. These are a few things we can think of. On Children’s Day, or Bal Divas, as it known across India, celebrates Jawaharlal Nehru’s birthday, and on this day, we’d like you to stop a minute and see if you can be a little more like your child, like the child you were before the big bad world claimed you. To give you a headstart, here are a few answers from Quora users, that we loved best. Offbeat, interesting and insightful.

Milena Rangelov’s 10-point answer was rated most relevant

1. Laughter! Many times a day (adults laugh on average 5 times a day, while children laugh 300 times a day

2. To eradicate toxic people from life. If children don't like someone, they either fight or ignore or pick up their toys and go home. They don't let some jerk drain their energy and make them angry.

3. Children are never angry for days or weeks. They cry and scream, and an hour later they watch cartoon as if nothing happened. That's emotional health.

4. Children do not tolerate boredom. They are always in action.

5. Children are willing to do something new and suck at it. They are willing to make complete fools of themselves in front of everyone. They don't think they need to be professional singers to sing their favorite song in front of everyone. They don't care for their reputation. They just care for fun.

6. Children are curious. They ask a whole bunch of stupid and smart questions unapologetically. That's how they learn and discover.

7. Children are genuinely grateful (although society transforms them into thinking that they will be happy only if they get the newest Batman/Barbie/Luke Skywalker/whatever is trendy). Children are inherently happy. When I once asked my nephew what he wants me to buy for him, he said: "Oh Milena, don't bother. I have everything!" 3-year-old! How cool is that?

8. Children are excited. They find something to enjoy every in single day with. They wake up psyched about the day ahead. They are fully alive.

9. They are artists and they are aware of it. They are making one sketch after another, one Lego structure after another, they play, they destroy, they start over. They never wonder: "OMG, does this sketch truly represent me? Am I really an artist now?" They just do their work. Of course they are artists.

10. Children look into the world with new eyes and the beginner's mind. They don't pretend they understand how things work. They are not trying to prove their expertise. They look at what's happening right in front of them with curiosity and the ability to astonish. According to Jostein Gaarder, that's what makes them philosophers.

In a nutshell, children can help us get back to who we were before the world told us who we should be.”

That, definitely, is a very relevant point to make. We look at children as the rawer, more natural version of ourselves, less civilised and more primitive. The interesting thing is that we don’t always think that those things are good - in fact, aren’t we doing our best to teach them manners, educate them and make them more like ourselves? As they grow older, if they do retain that childlike curiosity, we’ll throw “curiosity kills the cat” at them. If an adult we know is as excited about something as a child is, we’ll roll our eyes and ask them to grow up. If we tell our bosses that we won’t tolerate boredom, which Milena asks us to learn from kids, they’ll tell us we can get out and find another place that’s more interesting.

But our favourite? This one by Prathana Bhat:

How to eat Nutella. 

Have you observed children eat food that they like? They enjoy it, one nibble at a time. Completely lost in it.
If there's one thing that we can learn from children, it's how to enjoy food :-)

 
 
 
 
 

 

 
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