Blogging Series – A Goodbye to Life Lessons From Toddlerhood

Blogging Series - A Goodbye to Life Lessons From Toddlerhood

Has a toddler ever shown you something that you would never had noticed by yourself?

Happy Tuesday everyone! Today, is the second Tuesday of the month, which means it’s time for our series called Life Lessons From Toddlerhood. Today, though, will be our last life lesson from toddlerhood.

As I looked forward at my goals that I want to accomplish for this coming year, this particular series didn’t seem to fit.

Don’t get me wrong. I have LOVED writing this series. It combines two favorite parts of my life, writing and my sweet little lady. I have also really enjoyed sharing this journey with you.

This series was meant to inspire the writer in you and the writer in me. Sometimes blogging can feel tedious, and if you’re not a writer by trade, blogging can feel like an overwhelming task. I am thankful of any moments of inspiration this series has created.

While I am sad to say goodbye, I’m looking forward to sharing new adventures with you.

If you asked me what my little lady is teaching me right now, the answer has nothing to do with blogging, yet it has everything to do with life and life is a part of blogging, isn’t it?

January’s Life Lesson From Toddlerhood

This past Christmas our little lady spent a lot of time surrounded by 6 other cousins all around her age. Two of her cousins are younger, another one is only 9 months older. She followed her cousins around the whole time they were here.

It wasn’t until everyone had gone home until we noticed how drastically being around her cousins impacted her. She started talking and not just typical talk that she had already been doing. Her speech exploded. Many of you seasoned mothers and fathers are smiling because you’ve experienced this as well.

Her ability to communicate isn’t the life lesson, but rather what happened when she started speaking more.

Phrases that I didn’t expect or teach started escaping her lips. Phrases like,

  • Bless you (after a sneeze)
  • I miss you
  • I love you
  • OK? (asking if I’m okay after I stub my toe)
  • Kiss It, All Better

I guess what stuns me so much is that toddlers are known for, well, being self-serving. Developmentally, they are often unable to think past themselves. It’s not that they are selfish, but it might remind moms and dads of their kids’ teenage years.

So, when the little lady said, “bless you” after I sneezed or asked me if was OK after I stubbed my toe, it really took me by surprise.

Here’s The Lesson

It’s the lesson of being kind. She may have no ability to understand that she is being kind or how much her bless you’s mean to me, but that’s OK. Her sweetness shining through all those other wonderful toddler moments made me wonder, “how often do we make kindness a priority in our lives?

Choosing to be kind seems really simple, yet it can be really difficult. Smiling at a stranger while you walk past them. Taking the time to ask the cashier how their day is going and then to actually listen. It’s the little things, the bless yous.

I can’t help but wonder if a toddler can pick it up from hanging out with her cousins, why can’t I?

Our challenge from this life lesson is just to simply say bless you after someone sneezes, to ask someone if they are OK or let the other car take the closer parking space. A little kindness can go a really long way. The best part is that is doesn’t cost anything and you can make someone’s day.

Guess What?

This Thursday, I will be publishing an extra article. The article will highlight some really great video blogging tips and tricks that you won’t want to miss.

Have a wonderful day everyone and be kind!

Christine King is a staff writer at R & R Web Design LLC. She is passionate about writing and loves what blogging and businesses can achieve. Armed with her degree in social work, she brings the unique ability to motivate readers in every blog article she writes. She specializes in creating content and writing blog articles for a variety of businesses at R & R Web Design LLC.

28 comments on “Blogging Series – A Goodbye to Life Lessons From Toddlerhood
  1. Veronica Solorzano Athanasiou says:

    Fantastic closing to the series Christine. “A little kindness goes a LOOOONG way” indeed! And the feel good factor stays with the person who ‘gives’ as much as it brightens someone else’s day.
    Thank you for sharing your toddler’s lesson with us, your readers. Looking forward to more tips and bless yous from this blog.

  2. Diana Foree says:

    How sweet to share your adventures with your toddler. I wish I had journaled all those precious moments that are so long ago and hard to recall. I’m sure your next series will be wonderful.

  3. The neat aspect of kindness is the random kind. When we can be kind because we consciously choose it and the recipient may be unaware, we raise our own level of happiness and ‘beingness’.
    Looking forward to your next series and to thurs tips.

  4. Joan Harrington says:

    Awesome post here Christine!! Kindness does go a long way!

  5. Shari says:

    This is a nice reminder of how we are all modeling behaviors for the children around us, whether ours or someone else’s. It’s a reminder I know I needed. Thanks, Christine!

  6. Martha Giffen says:

    Never underestimate the power of kindness. If each person would show a little kindness to each one met along the way, the world would be a much brighter place. Nice post!

  7. Great article! I love it when kindness becomes innate. (Like your toddler not understanding she is being kind, but exuding the kindness anyway.)

    Two other things come to mind:
    1. It also shows the impact of community. Obviously she was witnessing behavior from her cousins. And luckily it was good stuff! 🙂 I do feel that we often mirror the qualities of the people we associate with. That is why it is important to keep people around you that have the qualities you want to develop or maintain.
    2. Good for you in reviewing your goals and tweaking as necessary – even if it means letting go of something you will miss. Way to stay focused and on target!

    Thank you for the post.

  8. veronica says:

    We could all use the ability to connect with the child in each of us

  9. Great lessons and you’re right, a little kindness does go a long way.

  10. Lorii Abela says:

    Wow, this is right. There are times that because of how toxic work is or how busy our lives are, we tend to forget the simple things and when we are reminded of such things, we become happy. It’s always nice to do random acts of kindness, it makes us more human. Lol. Very inspiring, thank you for sharing your story.

  11. Sharon O'Day says:

    As they say, “Out of the mouths of babes …” BTW, I think it’s great that you took a concept, used it to generate meaningful content and then were willing to be honest with yourself when it no longer worked for you. That will ensure that the rest of your content will always be fresh …

  12. Pat Moon says:

    What a delightful, refreshing article! Life is full of so many lessons as we progress through the stages of life. I am a 70 year old grandma. Unfortunately I live several states away from my youngest toddler granddaughter but the lessons are abundant when I have the opportunity to enjoy her stage of life. Then on the other end of the spectrum is my 93 year old mother. The lessons of kindness are so apparent in her life as she is becoming more and more dependent on others for the necessities of her everyday life. I constantly am learning how much I have taken her for granted for so much of my life … that is actually very sad. She has unselfishly sacrificed so much for me throughout my life time I can never repay her. Right now I just want to be there for her when she needs me and I pray that I can do it as unselfishly as she did it for me. The stages of life are so full of life lessons. Thanks for this article.

  13. Norma Doiron says:

    The lessons we learn from those little angels God gave us watch over… out of the mouth of babes. Thanks for sharing this posts. <3

  14. Gilly says:

    What a great article! I love toddlers, they have such a realness and I love they way they interact and reason in our world. Lots of times it’s better than adults!

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