5 Life Lessons Adults Can Learn from Kids

Our job as adults is to teach our kids to the best of our abilities. But what about what they can teach us? Here are top five lessons kids can teach adults.

lessons adults can learn from kids

The life lessons that kids can teach adults are pretty impressive if we look for them.

From interacting with sick children as a pediatric emergency room nurse as well as now having a child of my own, I noticed that there is a lot we can learn from our little tikes. We just have to pay attention to them.

They are not just mini-adults.

What I love about kids is that they’re curious and wondrous beings. If only we could keep the magic and bottle up their innocence forever!

Read on to learn six important lessons kids can teach adults, humbly and quietly.

This is a guest post by Lauren from Sips and Sidebars. Lauren is a nurse turned blogger in Nashville, Tennessee. She is married to her high school sweetheart and has a one-year-old daughter. Lauren likes to cook, learn through researching, and have authentic relationships with those around her.

What Wisdom Can Adults Learn from Kids

1. Fight

While it’s not uncommon to feel more like a referee than a mom on some days, this isn’t quite the type of fighting I’m referring to. What I mean is that despite their little physique and young age, kids fight hard for what they want.

Whether it’s healing from a scrape on their knee or having to stand up to a much bigger person, it is always amazing how quickly they persevere and keep pushing through to get to the other side of difficulty.

How many times do we as adults throw in the towel when things get a little harder in our lives? How many times have you given up on something because you encountered some resistance along the way?

Kids give it all to get what they want until they just can’t anymore. While it sounds exhausting, can you imagine if we all did that? How much more can we accomplish in our lives or how much closer can we be to our dreams?


2. Find Wonder in the Little Things

How many times have your kids:

  • Stopped to look at something along the side of the road?
  • Flipped an insignificant object around in their hands, to study it?
  • Seen something so simple and then ask a million questions about it all the way home?

Sometimes it’s nice to be able not to let things go and sit in it, learning and thinking. Too often, we lose sight of being patient and mindful of what’s around us. Even worse, I can sometimes take that away from my little one because of the importance of my “schedule.”

Think about a time recently when:

  • A stranger held the door for you.
  • A passerby complimented you.
  • An unfamiliar person just smiled at you, not saying a word.

We should pay attention to these things, and teach our kids to keep their sense of appreciation for the little things, too.

3. Be Curious and Explore, Just for Fun

Sandpits, parks, dirt.

To me, these all indicate situations that require a shower after. But to my daughter, they are simply the best time ever. Well, hopefully not the dirt part. But you get what I mean.

Kiddos are so in their element when they are exploring, engaging with what is around them, and digging in (literally) to have fun with whatever they can. Again, I’m jealous of a kid’s mindset.

Instead of overanalyzing a situation, what if we thought about how cool it would be, or how much joy it would bring us? While this can’t be the main deciding factor, what if we thought about the fun level just a little bit more in our daily grind?

4. Love Unconditionally

This one is a no brainer, but it almost knocked me over the first time I felt it. Not only do our kids love us unconditionally, but they teach us what love is in a way we could never have imagined.

My daughter has to grab her favorite stuffed animal before she can do anything else. She brings Mazie Mouse to breakfast, playtime, and…everywhere. When was the last time you gripped someone so tight just because you wanted them near? And missed them when they are not around you every minute of every day?

There will always be challenges with raising kids and having a family. But the tribe that I get to love unconditionally will only continue to change and shape me – for the better.

5. Say what’s on your mind

Kids always like to speak their peace. Whether it’s asking “why” 20 times in a row or spitting out what they think of something at the most inappropriate time, we all know this. There is no guessing what they want, what they think, or what (or who) they don’t like. What a gift.

Obviously, as adults, we can’t turn to our boss on Monday morning and say, “I don’t want to play with you today,” no matter how much we might want to.

What would happen if you became more upfront and politely said what you really mean? It’s funny how we start with no filter, develop one as we get older, and sometimes end up getting rid of it again by the time we’ve been around the block once or twice.

Pay Attention, Listen, and Learn

There are some big lessons these little people can teach us. Sometimes there are lessons we don’t want to learn, but that is part of the beauty in them.

While I have been surprised at some personal lessons I learned soon after becoming a parent, these are the top five lessons I think kids can teach adults. I can’t wait to keep adding to this list.

What are you learning from your kiddos?


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