Children teach us so much. I got an incredible lesson this evening. I was walking through IKEA today with my beautiful wife looking for a table for my office downstairs. We walk the entire IKEA as usual looking for an inexpensive drafting table. The store was full of families with young children aimlessly running around. A little boy saw me and with his parents by his side, began looking at me with these beautiful big, black eyes! He was so cute. As we continued to walk the store, a little girl holding pink butterfly wings looked up at me and said, "Look!". She held up the wings as I admired, not the wings, but her audacity to speak to a stranger. My son has often times walked up to complete strangers and said hi, carried on a conversation, or even hug them! I don't recommend that, though!
Children live in and for the moment. They could often times care less about their appearance or what others think. They make friends easily and know how to forgive and forget. What happened to us? I recently went to a training for school in which we were indirectly challenged to behave and think like children. I took on the challenge. I challenge you to do the same. We often times have to think like a child to understand them; just don't be one.
Lend me your thoughts. Tell me how you stay in touch with your children. I have no off season in learning.