As parents, the moment our tiny souls begin to understand the world around, we delve ourselves into the plethora of information about what’s best to teach them, so that we’re able to train them as early we can. Amidst all this, we often overlook that there’s so much we can learn from them too!
I thought of jotting down 5 such lessons my 3-month old taught me!
Lesson #1 Smile!
The moment she wakes up every morning, she looks at us and smiles in such an angelic way, we forget all our worries and stresses. There’s so much joy in her smile which makes me realise how we, the current generation, function like robots. We sleep late and wake up late- and hence don’t have the time to start each day on a positive note. So yeah, this is what I learnt from her- sleep well and smile, your day is going to be awesome!
Lesson #2 Treat everyone equally
Let’s face it- no matter how much we deny, somewhere, we do gauge people based on their education level, financial status, looks or behaviour and treat them accordingly. My daughter, like every other infant, plays and responds to everyone who talks to her in the same manner- be it our house help or some random relative, she has taught me to look at everyone with the same eye!
#3 Listen to your body’s instincts
Don’t we see how babies cry when hungry, when they want to sleep, when they’ve pooped and so on? It’s so because they listen to body’s instincts. We have or probably HAD these instincts too, but we’ve been so deaf ears, that our bodies have stopped communicating at all. Being a nutritionist, I get this a lot. Tell me, how many times you had the urge to pee but ignored because you were too lazy to go until the feeling went away? How many times were you hungry but didn’t eat because you were on a ‘diet?’ Our body keeps communicating but we ignore! My daughter has taught me to understand the demands of my body and to take care of my health better!
Lesson #4 Learn something new everyday
With each passing day, I see her grow, not just physically, but cognitively too. She’s always trying to imitate us, talk to us, observe things and is in a hurry to learn new things. I wonder where has my curiosity to learn vanished? So here’s my lesson- if she can do it, so can I, right?
Lesson #5 Forgive easily and love unconditionally
It takes courage to confess, but I’m sure I’m not alone- there have been times while handling her when I’ve accidentally hurt her a little (just a little) and she cried which broke and my heart. But within a few minutes, she was playful again and smiled at me! There’s no grudge or anger, there’s no enmity or hurtful feelings. All I see is forgiveness and love! This is what I learn from her ❤️️