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.