What Parents Learn From Kids

As Parents, Sometimes We Learn a Few Things From Our Kids

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When I was 15, I was pretty sure I knew everything. Now that I'm a 32-year-old wife and mother, I'm beginning to realize how little knowledge I possess on life and everything in it.

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This is made more obvious to me every day by my children. I'm constantly learning new things from them, some useful, and others fall into the I-don't-know-that-I'm-better-off-for-knowing-this category.

Here are a few of these little tidbits of wisdom my kids have graciously bestowed upon me:

  1. String cheese makes an excellent writing tool. As I sit in my home office with the French doors shut, my toddler frequently demonstrates the usefulness of string cheese on the glass. Apparently, in the eyes of a toddler, these small windows are much too free from dairy graffiti. I don't love the look of semi-opaque lactose on my doors, but at least now I know what to use should I ever run out of pens.
  2. A toddler's mimicking ability rivals that of a parrot. I used to think that C didn't listen. Now, I realize that kids are ALWAYS listening whether you think they are or not and will frequently repeat the things you don't necessarily want them repeating. Especially in places like a supermarket checkout line. Recently after Baby L bit me pretty hard while nursing, I told C to be gentle because mommy's nipple hurts. That was weeks ago, and to this day, it's her most repeated phrase.
  3. Poop is fun to play with. I don't know this from personal experience, but as often as C digs into her diaper for a fresh brown trout (yes, that's what I’m calling poop these days), I figure it must put all of her other toys to shame. Also, because of her mom’s frequent freak-outs when she's diaper diving, her newest favorite word is disgusting, or "'scusting!"
  4. Farts are funny at any age. Humans must be born with a laugh trigger at the sound of certain bodily functions. C is no different. Once that diaper comes off, it's quite the effort to let one rip in the face of whoever is changing her diaper. I'm pretty sure she knows that she could wilt flowers with the eye-watering stench of them, which makes her break into hysterics every time.
  5. Socks make for better mittens. C has a lasting case of cold feet. She refuses to wear socks on them but will peel them off at the first chance she gets to put them on her hands. What's that you say? Put socks on her hands AND feet? Clever, but it doesn't work. She'll just take those off and put them on her hands in addition to the ones already on there. I'm sure her hands are always sweaty under the impenetrable wall of socks on them, or perhaps not, what with the amazing wicking power of cotton.
  6. Someone else's bodily fluids won't actually kill me.Specifically, my children's. I can't be so sure about random strangers on the bus. Before having kids, I was pretty sure that a bit of spit-up, drool, pee, or worse, would likely be what I would succumb to. Turns out, it's not. Do I love being blasted in the face by snot after a sneeze? No. But chances are, I'll survive it.
  7. You don't really need that much sleep to survive. I'm no sleep expert, but I'm pretty sure those eight-hours-a-night recommendations are bit exaggerated. I function just fine on a good broken up four hours. And by "function" I mean I'm able to still breathe and keep my heart beating. I don't know what left and right is anymore, and I think I've only showered once this year, and I'm hoping this ringing in my ear goes away some day . . . but I'm functioning. Sleep, schmeep!
  8. Maxi pads make fun stickers! They don't, really. Unless you're a toddler. Even better if your mom just had a baby and is wearing the really thick, expensive ones. Irresistible!
  9. I can love someone else in a way that I never thought possible. All cheese, poop, and snot aside, I love my children more than I ever knew I could love something. They make my days better, funnier, happier, and more fulfilled.

What lessons on life have you learned from your kids?

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