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10 Things I Have Learned from Humans Under 8

I’m approaching the midpoint of my life (at least, let’s hope) and by now, I should have a lot of stuff figured out. I’ve survived job changes, endured failed relationships, and now enjoy a happy marriage. I've launched a business, buried a parent, and delivered 2 kids. I’m now in the thick of raising those kids (ages 3 and 7) into responsible, kind adults. It is this last duty that has made me realize that I most certainly don’t have life all figured out. Some of the best lessons I’ve learned are from humans under the age of 8. Here are some of my favorites:


  1. Play and have fun daily.

  2. Love ferociously.

  3. If you feel sad, cry.

  4. Dance like nobody’s watching.

  5. ‘Fess up to your mistakes, but don’t dwell on them too long.

  6. You can be anyone or anything you want to be.

  7. If you fall down, get up, and get yourself a Hello Kitty band-aid.

  8. Giggle as often as possible.

  9. Get outside more.

  10. Buy the big teddy bear.

Nora Kerr is the owner of Memoir for Me, creating memory books to capture a life story.