10 lessons you can learn from your child

April 03, 2020
  • 1. How to be happy
    1 / 10 1. How to be happy

    Unlike most adults, the typical child has a very natural and uncomplicated approach to happiness.

    He rarely needs grand gestures, expensive gifts or elaborate arrangements to make him feel good.

    His route to happiness is uncomplicated and genuine.

    This can help remind you how to take pleasure from the simple things in life.

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  • 2. How to be “green”
    2 / 10 2. How to be “green”

    Almost certainly, he is more aware of ecological issues than you were at his age.

    He knows all about the need to save the planet’s resources instead of wasting them.

    His eco-consciousness is inspiring.

    Use it to encourage you to think more about recycling and energy-saving techniques.

    Related: Why moms are so hard on their own children

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  • 3. How to care for others
    3 / 10 3. How to care for others

    Children are caring by nature, and have an instinctive desire to help others.

    Be it directly, like their best friend, or indirectly through charity.

    Your pre-teen has probably already inspired you with one of his school projects.

    Such as collecting money, clothes, food or toys for deprived children in another country.

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  • 4. How to manage technology
    4 / 10 4. How to manage technology

    Many adults are technophobes.

    New IT gadgets tend to engender apprehension rather than excitement.

    Your child, on the other hand, has the opposite reaction, and he is much more tech-savvy than you.

    That’s why he can help you set up the Xbox Kinect or find your way around your iPad.

    Related: 10 ways to teach children about giving

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  • 5. How to be creative
    5 / 10 5. How to be creative

    He hasn’t yet acquired the inhibitions of adulthood.

    He’s not afraid to put paint to paper (when did you last do this?) and make a clay model.

    Or build a contraption with cardboard, glue and sticky tape.

    Watching him put his imagination into practice could motivate you to be creative with new ideas.

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  • 6. How to cope with problems
    6 / 10 6. How to cope with problems

    Believe it or not, your primary schooler deals with life’s little challenges throughout the day without complaining or falling apart.

    He just gets on with it.

    Whether that means sharpening his pencil when it breaks.

    Or when he doesn’t get chosen for the football team.

    Rather than give up easily, he picks himself up and gets on with life.

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  • 7. How to learn new skills
    7 / 10 7. How to learn new skills

    You may be afraid to take up a new hobby or learn a new skill because of your age.

    He doesn’t have such self-doubt.

    If he wants to take part in a brand new activity, that’s exactly what he does.

    He throws himself into it wholeheartedly, and this willingness to try is a good example for you to copy.

    Related: Why grandparents matter to your children

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  • 8. How to simplify difficulties
    8 / 10 8. How to simplify difficulties

    Your child generally takes a simple approach when it comes to solving a problem.

    He looks for the easiest solution.

    Compare that with your own approach.

    It probably involves looking at the problem from a thousand different angles.

    And eventually it renders you unsure of which route to take.

    In contrast, he just selects the most obvious path.

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  • 9. How to laugh
    9 / 10 9. How to laugh

    It doesn’t take a lot to make your nine-year-old guffaw.

    Slapstick humour can have him bellowing with laughter in seconds.

    He doesn’t need to listen to the latest TV comedian in order to chuckle.

    The next time you see him laughing loudly, try to join in with his delight.

    You’ll find that the more you do this, the more you’ll laugh, too.

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  • 10. How to make friends
    10 / 10 10. How to make friends

    He forms new social relationships easily and trusts other children, unless they are unpleasant.

    He looks for a common interest or a game that they both want to play.

    Adults often struggle to make new friends because they allow previous negative experiences to influence them too much.

    (Photos: 123RF.com)

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