The Wonder of Children

For those of you who are not aware I am a qualified Kindergarten Teacher. I started my career working in a child care centre. I was one of those people who always knew what I wanted to “do” with my life and that was to work with children. While growing up I loved the idea of being a teacher, looking after the children and teaching them every day. I thought it would be the best job in the world. In some ways I still do. While I am in the midst of a career change, I still have a connection with children through my nieces, through my friend’s children and by continuing to work casually in Kindergartens and Child Care Centres.
If you have never watched a small child, I suggest you do. The way babies will giggle when playing a game of peek-a-boo, the way toddlers toddle around and get excited by a leaf, a stick or gravel that is on the path. They take the time to stop and look at their findings. They will pick it up and often with a big smile on their face they will show their Mum or Dad, proud of what they have discovered.
Those ‘A-Ha’ moments where a 3 year old has learnt how to do something for himself, or those moments where you see children being empathetic towards their peers because someone has broken their tower, or because they are missing their primary care giver.
There is a lot of information on connecting with your ‘inner child.’ Connecting with your inner child allows you to take time out from your busy schedule and ‘adult’ lives, and allows you to play. To re-discover the wonders of nature. I love the sound of gravel underneath my feet. I love autumn leaves and big oak trees. I love watching butterflies and dragonflies. Recently I swung on swings next to my niece (I couldn’t do it for too long – not coping well with motion sickness! Haha), but all the same I remembered how much fun it was just to swing.
There is a wonderful mediation that I did in a class once which was imagining meeting you as a child. What would you say to her? What would you want her to know? In her hand she is holding something and she gives it to you, it is something from your childhood – what is it? Give her a big hug and watch her drift away. It can be a confronting experience, but definitely one in which I recommend!
Take the time to get in touch with your inner child. You might feel ‘silly’ at first, but I can guarantee you will never feel more alive!
Sunshine, lollypops, autumn leaves and dragonflies,
Mindful Mel

Author: mabarberlissa

Hi and welcome to my blog! The aim of my blog is to share some of my experiences, my thoughts and feelings about mindfulness, while providing strategies on what gets me by in this ever changing, ever moving world! I hope that my readers gain something out of the entries as well.

One thought on “The Wonder of Children”

  1. It is so joyous to witness how in-the-moment kids are. We really do go backwards in following our instincts and fully expressing our feelings as we grow up. Thanks for reminding us to embrace this youthful spirit and have compassion for our inner child 👶 Mel 🙏🙇‍♀️xxx Yvette

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