6 Things Adults Can Learn from Kids / Carmen Varner // Travel Influencer, Blogging Coach, Social Media Consultant


6 Things Adults Can Learn from Kids

Kids are magical creatures. They are tiny humans filled with joy, a zest for knowledge & the need for exploration. Adults can learn a lot from them. We are bogged down by stress, problems, & to do lists. Perhaps we should take a moment to see the world from a child's eyes. What can we gain from their way of life? Here are 6 things adults can learn from kids.

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Ask questions - "What is that called? Why are you doing that? Can I help?" Sometimes it feels like you can't answer all the questions that are perpetually blasting at you like a machine gun, but they just want to understand more. Adults, don't lose your zest for life. Asking questions means learning answers which means growing your knowledge. A child's mind is like a sponge. Learn from them.

Love wholeheartedly - Love is in the air! Kids love you. They love regardless of ethnicity, religion, & social status. They love their favorite show, their doll, their coloring book, their teacher. They are obsessed with everything & aren't afraid to show it. Adults can take note. Be expressive & show your love. Love life as it comes.

Be honest - Kids are honest, sometimes brutally honest. They don't care what people think. They will point out your big pimple or comment on your messy hair. As adults, it helps to have a filter but overall, honesty is the best policy. Tell that person they have spinach stuck in their teeth. Tell your boyfriend what you want for your birthday instead of making him guess. Tell your friend you're feeling too lazy to go out instead of coming up with an elaborate lie.

Be thankful - Ever done something & hated it? Yeah, we all have. But don't let that attitude overrule thankfulness. Kids are content to play with their friends & blow bubbles. Adults sometimes grow to be cynical & unhappy with their daily lives. Change that mindset immediately! 

Wear what you want - We often see children wearing crazy mish mashes of an outfit. Yeah, that's because they aren't scared to dress however they please. Rainbow shirt with jean shorts & a pink sweater & purple shoes? Okay! As we age, we tend to conform to society's ideas. Don't succumb to the pressure. Wear whatever you feel like.

Have fun - Let loose, be silly, & enjoy the day as it is. Kiddos are the first ones on the slide & the last ones to leave. Adults lead stressful lives what with work, family, school, rent, bills, & all. Release some of that stress & just have a bit of fun. Make a work of art in a coloring book; join the mission of building a pillow fort. Let go of some the stress that's piling up.

We can't act like children forever, but we can certainly take some notes on how they live. Give yourself a break & ask yourself "what would a child do?" Which of these do you most think adults could learn from? What other things can kids teach us? Leave a comment! :]

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  1. Love this!

  2. Yes, yes, YES. I love the energy children carry and the joy and unadulterated confidence they exude; it's exciting and so, so inspiring! My mum have children over twice a week for music lessons, and they are THE most exhausting bunch of kids ever, but the questions they ask, the energy they carry, everything, are so fun!

    I think the greatest thing we can take from children is their fearlessness. Rarely do I ever see a child shying away from attention, from wanting to know more, from TRYING to know more, and I love that.

    What a great post, Carmen!

    May | THE MAYDEN

    1. You're so right May. Kids truly are fearless! That's why they're always getting cuts, bruises, & broken bones! :]

  3. Children are carefree and so innocent.
    I love how we should learn from them.
    They give inspiration to adults to take life so light and happy.

    The Bandwagon Chic | Instagram | Bloglovin | Snapchat: bandwagonchic

    1. I love their innocence; a child would never use you for their benefit!

  4. Love this! We can learn a lot from children, or from our former more care-free child selves!

  5. Love this post!!! You are so right!!! :)

  6. You are so right. I believe if adults learnt how to see the world from a child's eye, the whole world would be different. I believe kids can teach us to be more fearless. Sometimes adults are too afraid to fail, to look stupid, to go out of their comfort zone, etc, while kids are just curious about new things, take everything easier and generally have more fun. Nice post, Carmen! :)


  7. I love this post. I awlays say I'm horrible at being a grown up and I hate doing adult things haha. I love how much children enjoy life and are so inocent. I'd love to sometimes see life as a child more often.

    Records of my Troubles

    1. Being an adult can be unfortunate sometimes! :p

  8. Love this post! I am mother to a three year old son and he teaches me so much indeed! I love looking through his eyes. Thank you for sharing such a heartfelt post!
    Sending you much love & I hope your Wednesday is as marvelous as you are!!!
    xoxo, Vanessa

  9. I never trust people who kids don't trust; they sense that extra something about a person, which is fascinating. I do agree with these, above!


    1. OMG so on point. If a child or animal doesn't like someone, that's alarming!

  10. You are SO RIGHT! Little things that adults lose sight of!

  11. Kids are so honest, very true. Great post!

    xx Falasha
    Bite My Fashion ll Instagram ll Bloglovin'

  12. Such an awesome post to read mid-week. Love the curiosity, clothing taste, and open mind of children. We can all learn so much from those little humans :)

    I'm blogging about similar things, check it out and let me know what you think: www.kellmenow.com

    XO K

  13. This post is making me reminisce about the days of no homework and no worries! Once I was volunteering at a playground, and it was amazing how carefree and happy all the kids were!

    Angelina Is | Bloglovin'

  14. I agree with this whole heartedly especially as I watch my kiddos grow!

    Wishes & Reality

  15. Loooove this post :) Bisous from France, *-* Sand. *-*


  16. I really like the second one on this list. Children are so great at loving people unconditionally. If adults could love like children, the world would be so much better off.



  17. We have the most beautiful lessons to learn from kids, really :) Thank you for sharing!


  18. I'm still in the middle of growing into adult and being a kid and almost all of those is what I do right now. Seems like when you're growing up you lose these, especially being thankful and being honest. Though I always remind myself to be thankful and honest because it is more respectful and those are the traits adults often forget but I want to keep.

    Dice, '96 Wild Heart

  19. I think the on thing that I have always taken with me is to be present. Just explore and open your eyes to everything around you, appreciate it and enjoy it.

    Raindrops of Sapphire

  20. This article was so on point! I agree with all the points you made, especially the one about love, as for kids it is a very simple thing, us adults, complicate everything!


    1. I believe if adults could love like children do the world would definitely be a better place :-)

  21. I couldn't agree more with you! Now it's time to do these things more often :)

    Oh Dear Bumblebees

  22. Such a great post! Thanks for the tips. Love this!

  23. I love this post. You are so right, there is so much we can learn from children. I love number 2 and number 4. X


  24. HI Carmen,

    Great post! Yeah, I believe we can definitely learn a thing or two from our kids. I have to agree with you on brutally honest, my sons Ryan and Aidan are one good example. Aidan would tell me, "No offense mama, but your fried rice in the morning tastes a little blend" (my eyes rolling), and Ryan would humor me with his jokes and make a sarcastic remark sounds less obvious! haha

    But they are growing up fast and no longer be consider kids very soon! I wish I could stop time but I can't. They will gradually lose their innocence and go into the realistic world of adulthood.

    I think all the 6 things are TOTALLY awesome and crucial. Good piece of advise there.
    Thanks for dropping by to LUMINNEJ and say hi, hope to see you again *_^


  25. Children are so adorable and innocent..love them!

    Jhem | JhemSays.com

  26. Us adults defiantly need to loosen up and have fun, i love going to the park and sitting on the swings =]


  27. YUP! Definitely think we need to stop caring what people think and just start asking questions. Great post!

    xo, endlesspostcards.com

    1. If we only had the courage to ask the questions we'd likely learn a lot more.

  28. What a great post! Way too often, adults are obsessed with the things children can learn from the older ones and forget that it surely can be the other way around, too - as this list shows, both teenagers and adults can learn A LOT from the younger ones!

    I think many kids get easily excited over small things (a pretty butterfly, a new color crayon, a piece of candy, etc.) that adults often take for granted. Everyone could learn a bit from that!

    Hugs from Denmark x
    Mathilde | MATHILDE JULIE

    1. you are definitely right people are quick to tell children what they should be learning but never stop to think that they could learn a thing or two from the kids themselves :-)

  29. I love this post! I appreciated so much more when I was a kid!


  30. Seriously loved this post! I was nodding my head agreeing with what you wrote!


  31. I love this post. We can all learn so much from kids. They are so energetic, they question everything and speak their mind. They can be a handful, but our world would be soooo sad and gray without them in our lives...that's for sure!

    Jessica | Pyreflies.org

  32. Great post!

    xoxoBella | http://xoxobella.com

  33. What a lovely, inspiring post! I will try to do all of these things today. :-)
    April xx


  34. This is so inspiring! I am going to take note and definitely put some of these into practice! Great post I LOVED reading it x

  35. These are all such important sentiments! Being more curious, grateful, and playful could benefit us all :)



  36. I just discovered your blog and immediately fell in love! Love this article and I think it's important to let loose and be a kid once in a while.

  37. You are ABSOLUTELY correct! We need to remember more often :)

  38. This is great! I especially love "wear what you want"...we do all need to take a cue from children and express ourselves!

  39. My daughter is 5 and has recently been picking out her own clothes to wear. I love it!!! And absolutely agree with number 1, we should ask more questions!
    xo Bre

  40. Best post I've read in a while! I loved it!


  41. I totally agree with you! Very well said! We as adults care too much about what others think!



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