Advice: We can learn a lot from our kids

During the summer, my grandsons sleepover once a week. As I was watching them last week I was reminded of how adults lose the merriment of children.

Children infuse joy into everything they do. My grandsons are energetic, happy and enthusiastic.

They live life without judgment. When they see another child doing something that they have never done, it sparks their curiosity.

Their lack of experience makes them fearless, which can be dangerous sometimes, but also allows them to experience life with wonder.

Children enjoy life because they have no expectations. They live in the moment. They play the same games and watch the same movies repeatedly.

Adults get bored with life because they fail to see the magic moments. They view their life as an endless list of chores and responsibilities instead of the gift that it is.

While playing Battleship last week, our younger grandson stacked the ships one on top of the other. The stinker knew that was not how you play the game. His laughter gave him away before the game began.

This made me think about how often we get stuck in life, because we don’t think outside the box.

We form conclusions about what we can or cannot do instead of being like children that keep on trying without worrying about how many times we fail.

Another lesson I’ve learned from my grandsons is how important it is to express your feelings.

They will blurt out things like, “This was fun Abuela.” And my favorite, “You are the best Abuela.”

Children are genuine when they share their feelings and don’t worry about what others think.

Being around my grandsons inspires me and reminds me to be a conduit for joy. Every day is a new day and we must make the most of it.

“Spread love wherever you go.”

Mother Teresa said,” Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.”

Maria Luisa Salcines is a freelance writer, and certified parent coach with The International Network for Children and Families in Redirecting Children’s Behavior and Redirecting for a Cooperative Classroom. Follow her on Twitter @PowerOfFamily, Instagram mlsalcinespoweroffamily or contact her on her blog FamilyLifeandFindingHappy.com.