Sunday, April 19, 2009

Lessons Adults Need To Learn From Kids

As we get older, we tend to forget a few things about life, especially our health.

Here's a few things kids do, that we can try to incorporate into our lives once again, to make our lives just a bit better.

1. Eat breakfast in the morning.

We're taught as kids to eat breakfast in the morning no matter what. Studies have proven breakfast helps kids do better in school. So why is that as we grow older as adults, we neglect the most important meal of the day?

2. Hate homework.

I hated homework as a kid and I'm pretty sure most of you will agree. All homework did was come in the way of the fun stuff. We did it because we had to, but because we wanted to. With that in mind, many adults continue to bring their work home.

That causes a problem on many fronts. You can't watch TV, you can't enjoy a quiet meal, you can't spend time with your family because you're too busy doing "homework". You have the option of getting it done in the office, so do it. You hated it as a kid, why would you continue to bring it home as an adult?

3. Ask questions.

My favorite teacher in elementary school used to always make me ask questions. She knew I was a shy kid who would never ask a question unless I was forced to. She said kids need to ask questions in order to learn, even if they're embarrassing ones. Since then I haven't stopped.

But as adults, we forget to do this. We don't allow ourselves to learn from others, because we're afraid of being ridiculed by our peers for not knowing something. If kids can deal with humiliation for not knowing something, why can't adults have the balls to ask something they don't know?

4. Having fun.

As children we threw baseballs, played hoops, wrestled, ran around for no reason. We didn't care about fitness or exercising, we did it because it was fun. Yet as adults, we incorporate words like diet, fitness and weight loss into our daily vocabulary.. Why can't we just do what we did as kids, enjoy playing outside with our friends, throwing a baseball around and having fun?

5. Too Much = Stomachache

"Don't eat too much ice cream", " Put down the soda!". That's what our parents told us and we listened, because they were always right. So how come adults over eat, get drunk and do stupid things?

Why can't we just take a page out of our childhood days, we all just might be a little better off.

We could all learn a few things from kids, don't you agree?

Why is it so hard for some adults to do the little things to get in shape, stay active or enjoy their life?