What I Have Learnt From Children

Children have been a very integral part of my life. From a very young age, I have loved children dearly as I had to take care of my two little sisters since the age of 7. 

No matter how old we are, there are always things we can learn from children. They can teach us many valuable lessons of life.

Love I remember my English teacher had the ability to win each child in her class, including the most rebellious ones. Now when I think about it, I realise it was love. Love can overlook all the weakness, limitations, poor performance of a child. When you love a child, you win their heart and that acts like a powerful weapon that can conquer everything. I have experienced children change and become a new person with just a tender touch and a gesture of love.

Curiosity Children are full of curiosity. As the saying goes – curiosity is the wick in the candle of learning. With curiosity we keep moving forward and opening new doors, leading us down new paths.

Honesty Children are honest and they tell you exactly what they think. The honest and pure-hearted nature of children keeps me refreshed and strengthened. They teach me to be brave enough to express my views, opinions and emotions.

Perseverance Children have taught me the lesson of persistence. By working with children I have realised that I should not give up on things easily but that if I want
something, as a child does, I can achieve it. Dream high Children have high dreams. They wait upon the impossible and don’t give up easily. When I ask children what they want to become in the future, I realise sometimes they aim much higher than what I think their capabilities are – intellectually as well as financially, but they continue to dream and aim high. Dreaming costs nothing. They dream to be a doctor, pilot, an engineer, an entrepreneur and so on. Dreams keep them chasing after their passions and it’s great to see them reach their goals. Children give me the courage to dare to dream high.

Everybody is different I have spent more than 30 years of my life among children. I have watched them develop special traits unique to them. God has created everyone differently and beautifully. I have learnt from them that they are the best in themselves. There is something special about every child and every individual.

No prejudice Children do not judge each other as we adults do. They do not hate, they do not intentionally harm others. As adults, we often have the tendency to judge others on the basis of knowledge, race, caste, money, or beauty. But for children everything is beautiful and everyone stands on the same platform.

Forgiveness Children teach us the lesson of forgiveness. We see children fighting for a moment, but they are together again the next moment, as if there was no fighting at all. Unlike adults, they forgive (and forget) the wrongs done to them.

As it says in Matthew 18:3 – Truly I tell you unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

I feel if we all had the heart of a child, how beautiful this world would be!

Rama Basnet

Author: Asian Aid