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10 life lessons i learned from my 1 year old

Life lessons i learned from kids

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By: Swati Chauhan 

This post was republished at Yahoo!  

It is said that children learn by imitating their parents. But watching my 1 year old bend and stand up on her own to take her first wobbly steps, I realize there is so much I can learn from her.

 And isn’t that all what we want, to go back to our childhood days of innocence, curiosity, abundant giggles, inexhaustible joy and free will. So how do we keep that child in us alive?

SIMPLE…by being one!

Here are a few of my observations and Life lessons I would like to learn from my one year old.


1.To never sit idle –

Children are always trying out new things and when they get bored of one activity they instantly switch to another.Playing, babbling, fiddling with new small nothings or just crawling around the house they do not sit idle for a second. It is an important Life lesson for us adults that life is a continuous flow and every moment has so much to offer to us.


2.To fall to get up and fall again but never get discouraged – 

reminding us to remember to bounce back from failures and keep the hope alive, to never get discouraged and to keep moving ahead no matter how bumpy the terrain.


3. To believe in their dreams, and have no fears, doubts or prejudices in mind

To accept everything with open arms- acceptance. Along the road of growing up, we sometimes become too cynical as adults, trapped in our own fears and doubts. We see the limitations and ignore the possibilities and good ideas.


4.To always be curious –

The one word that most describes a child is curiosity, children possess endless store of curiosity and every new thing sends them on a journey of exploration and wonder. On the other hand, we believe that we know enough and shy away from learning new things. It is, when we stop asking questions and dwelling on the why’s that we stop learning and growing in our knowledge of the world.


5.To see the positive side of people and share unconditional love –

Children do not focus on criticizing or judging people. Sadly we as adults get into the habit of fault finding and being pessimistic in our views about others. The truth is when we truly appreciate the good in others, we open ours elf to imbibe a little of it too.


6.To once again learn to share smiles with strangers –

Out on the streets, market or on a local commute, my daughter smiles at everyone who waves at her. She has no qualms about babbling with anyone who is willing to entertain her. This reminds me that all the wonderful people I know today were once all but strangers. If we too could accept new people as interesting and wonderful, it could make a lot of moments like bus, train rides and elevator journeys a lot more interesting!


7.To not wait for the right moment to do what i want to and live in the present –

Wrapped in their own wonder world, children do not worry about the future, or fret about the past, everything that matters to them is the moment they are in now. If only we could go back to this important trait we possessed as kids, we could reduce a lot of stress from our daily lives and enjoy the true gift of this present moment.


8.To be enthusiastic –

Little things in life make kids go into a frenzy of ecstasy. When was the last time you remember being so excited about the little joys of life….a new dress, a surprise date, a shopping spree, a smile from a stranger. Why do we have to get less enthusiastic about the things we loved doing earlier?


9.To achieve goals –

It is amazing to see the strong emotions of likes, dislikes and determination to get what she wants, my 1 year old displays, I wish I was so confident about my goals in life and could go after them with the same perseverance. When I look back today I realize I could have accomplished a lot more if I had chased my goals with the same drive.


10.And most importantly to smile a lot, with or without reason.


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Much Love, Swati Chauhan  


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  1. amit says: July 7, 2013

    very true Swati and inspirational….

    • swatic12 says: July 7, 2013

      Thanks Amit:)

  2. dcolumnist says: July 8, 2013

    Nice article. However, I do not agree with #6. Specifically- “I see older kids shying away from strangers. Maybe they are advised to”.

    Some kids are shy just because their temperament is so, and they are born with it just as they are born with so many other traits. Being an extrovert is a welcome trait, but so should be shyness. ‘Shyness’ shouldnt be treated as if it’s some thing to be get ridden of. Shy people can be considerate, thoughtful and even super fun in their close group of friends.

    Rest, I agree with all you said. But watch out for toddler age 😉

  3. Anuranjini says: July 8, 2013

    Loved it Swati.. Rajeev has also started reading your blog and liked it a lot. The best part is, you are mentioning things from everyday life which everyone can relate to in one or the other way, Three cheers!!

    • swatic12 says: July 8, 2013

      Hey Anu,

      Thanks to both you and Rajeev for taking the time out to read and like. I hope i keep giving you enough reason to come back often:)


  4. Parul says: July 9, 2013

    Very nicely written Swati. These are just the simple joys of life which we often times tend to ignore or forget. Good going!

    • Parul says: July 9, 2013

      By the way, Is Aanya already 1 yr old??? Wow time flies! Congratulations 🙂

      • swatic12 says: July 9, 2013

        Yes, it sure does. Me and Ankur were discussing the same today, watching her walk on her own:=)

    • swatic12 says: July 9, 2013

      Hey Parul,

      Thanks. Yes, every moment with your little ones’s is sheer joy.

  5. Manish Khare says: July 10, 2013

    Swati………….Thank God YOU’re back 🙂
    Now stay this way only!

    • swatic12 says: July 12, 2013

      Hey Manish,
      Great to hear from you n thanks for the feedback. I will try my best n then you r always there to check me 🙂

  6. Sumit Sapra says: July 11, 2013

    Amazing article. I can seriously relate everything to what u have stated here. Well done. U r doing a good job.

    • swatic12 says: July 12, 2013

      Thanks Sumit for the encouragement. It really means a lot.

  7. preethi prasan says: July 20, 2013

    beautifully observed and written 🙂 i have a 1 1/2 year old daughter and like you said, life since she was born has been a learning experience. Its amazing to watch her grow and learn and the excitement she experiences at every little thing is infectious. loved every word 🙂 enjoy your little one 🙂

    • swatic12 says: July 20, 2013

      Hi Preethi,
      Yes its quite awesome with kids. Keep visiting theeurekalife and have a great time with your bundle of joy:)

  8. Sruthi Singh says: September 13, 2013

    I could relate to everything that you said in the post, as my son has thought me to stop and smell the roses too. It was a well articulated post and I enjoyed it thoroughly.

    • swatic12 says: September 13, 2013

      Hi Sruthi,
      Yes, everyday is a new learning experience with kids:)


  9. Tarika says: September 13, 2013

    Adorable post 🙂


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