Kiddo Wisdom

Children lap up knowledge like it’s a melting popsicle on a hot summer day. But they can also be teachers, if we take enough time to listen. Here’s my kiddo teaching me a thing or two about stress.pintip


Kiddo: Mommy, what’s competition?

Me: It’s when a bunch of kids get together and perform, and some judges decide who did the best job. It can be pretty stressful.

Kiddo: Why, Mommy?

Me: Well, I guess some kids put a lot of pressure on themselves to win, and they feel sad if they don’t win.

Kiddo: But why do they want to win?

Me: A lot of reasons. Maybe they’ve put in a lot of work, and they want to see it pay off. Or maybe they want to be the best. I don’t know.

Kiddo: *thinks for a minute* That’s not why I want to compete.

Me: *smiles* Why do you want to compete, honey? So you can wear the cool clothes?

Kiddo: No, Mommy. It’s because it’s fun and I like doing it.

Me: *momentarily speechless*

Kiddo: I mean, it’s supposed to be fun! Why would you get stressed? That doesn’t make any sense.

Me: *manages* You’re very wise, sweetie. That’s the right attitude to have.

Frankly, that’s the attitude I wish I had! And I’m going to remember my kiddo’s wisdom the next time I feel stressed about my manuscripts.

Writing is fun. I love doing it.

End of story.

7 thoughts on “Kiddo Wisdom

  1. Love your daughter! What a novel idea. To do something because we love it and not because we are expected to be reaching another milestone in our journey. Maybe the end is just to have written. Period.

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