I am thankful for children. They remind me to:

…focus on the person. Watch a child watching a caregiver. They focus. They coo. They respond. When we focus we encourage people to be a part of our world.

…see the world with fresh eyes. Everything is new. The world is there to discover. Seeing the joys, the colors, exploring the sounds makes life fresh whether we are 1 or 21 or 91.

…play. Play is a child’s work. It is how they learn to do things, how they learn to share. Watch a child’s face when they play. You will see joy. Play is important no matter your age. Take time to play.

…take naps. Young children and infants take naps. Research is showing it can be healthy.  Taking a break for even 10 minutes can help you recharge. Yes, a child needs more than 10 minutes but many adults aren’t granted the luxury of extended nap times at work. Even short breaks will help you recharge.

…find the child within myself. One of the biggest challenges I had working in senior living communities was helping people learn to reconnect with things that brought them joy outside work. For those who had remained in touch with that inner child, that inner joy it only took a moment. Honor yourself and your playful side.

Yes, I am thankful children provide these five important reminders. Sometimes I need other reminders to honor the child. I find many in songs.

  • Child of Mine – Carole King
  • The Things We Handed Down – Marc Cohn
  • Baby of Mine – Allison Kraus
  • I Hope You Dance – Lee Ann Womack
  • Teach Your Children Well – Crosby, Stills & Nash
  • Butterfly Kisses – Bob Carlisle
  • Isn’t She Love – Stevie Wonder
  • In My Daughter’s Eyes – Martina McBride
  • Beautiful Boy – John Lennon
  • I Love – Tom T. Hall
  • Watching Scotty Grow – Bobby Goldsboro
  • If I Could – Barbara Streisand
  • Forever Young – Rod Stewart
  • Lullabye (Goodnight My Angel) – Billy Joel
  • Blessed – Elton John

What songs remind you to be thankful for children? Please share it in the comments below.