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Becoming a father has been one of the most enriching experiences of my life. I’ve grown so much as a person, both through the process of parenting, and thanks to lessons from my baby.
The following list describes ten teachings my baby has given me.
Babies have no concept of fear
Even though everything is brand new to them, they still approach life with gusto. They don’t let the risk of failure stop them from trying for success.
Babies stop crying once their needs are met
Once they have what they want, they let go of their unhappiness. They focus on the joy of the present instead of anything negative in the past.
Babies know the power of a smile
They charm everyone they meet, just by making their face into a certain shape. They realise that radiating joy is the best way to accomplish their goals.
Babies can relax anywhere
Though they love a nice warm lap, babies aren’t picky about where they relax. Instead of needing a specific set of external conditions, they’re comfortable in their inner contentment.
Babies explore everything
Using all their senses, babies devour the world around them. Everything is new to them, and everything is worthy of investigation.
Babies explore everything again
They’re not satisfied with tasting something just once. They keep coming back to it, exploring it in different moods and at different times of day.
Babies keep trying until they get it right
They don’t let the first hundred failures stop them: they know that the hundred and first try is the key.
Babies have very simple desires
Love, food, shelter: babies don’t need very much to be happy.
Babies don’t make distinctions between friends and strangers
Everyone deserves a smile, from Mom and Dad to the old lady on the corner. Babies don’t need to accept someone as a friend in order to love them.
Babies know the joy of movement
Life is a dance for babies, even before they can walk or crawl. They take simple pleasure in moving their faces and limbs, always stretching and growing.
What has your baby taught you about life? How have they helped you to become a better person?
Dave Higgs-Vis is a father, a husband, a blogger, and a chef. If you enjoyed this post, you can find more like it at Folkabout Baby, a parenting blog dedicated to helping you to become a better parent and raise happier children. He’s also on Twitter as @FolkaboutBaby.
- Love is All You Need (Dave’s first guest post at touchstonez.com)