5 Life Lessons Adults Can Learn from Kids [VIDEOS]

Age isn't always an indicator of wisdom - as these exemplary young people prove.

Jun 12, 2015

Kids have a lot to teach their elders - all we need to do is listen (Shutterstock)

Grownups are usually the teachers, but boy do we have a lot to learn from those young, fertile and hopeful minds of kids. In a bid to shift the teacher-student paradigm, the wisdom, depth and intelligence of these five amazing children will quite simply blow you away. 

1. HOW TO BE KIND TO OTHERS

Six-year-old Grant Pearce was born with a form of dwarfism called diastrophic dysplasia, which results in small stature and disproportionately sized limbs. He is often mistaken for his one-year old brother, which frustrates Grant and makes him sad. In this video, this dynamo of a kid speaks about the importance of kindness and acceptance – reaching out to others even though they might seem a little bit different. 

2. HOW TO DEAL WITH ANGER

This short film opens with a series of six-year old kids describing what happens to them when they become angry. Completely unscripted, Just Breathe came about when the filmmakers' son was taught social-emotional tools as part of his elementary school curriculum. The student’s insight and self-awareness are impressive to say the least, as they speak about their coping methods for calming themselves and properly dealing with their anger  - useful at any age. 

3. HOW TO FEEL COMFORTABLE IN YOUR OWN SKIN

This inspirational clip asks 50 people the same one question: If you could change one thing about your body, what would it be? First the adults were interviewed, with each giving a detailed list of the parts of their body that bothered them. And then half-way through, the interviewers ask the same question to a series of children - and their answers are the really enlightening part of the video.

4. HOW TO BELIEVE IN CHANGE

Youthful idealism can seem a bit farfetched after you have lived a couple of decades on this planet, but after watching this video, you will become renewed with inspiration and drive to believe in a better future. From Joshua, the American boy who's passionate about delivering food to those in need in his own neighborhood, to Caitlin, the South African girl who wants to build a "giant sieve" to skim all the litter from the ocean, these children show that a brighter tomorrow is possible.

5. HOW TO NOT JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER

This poignant two-minute video says it perfectly - better than a wealth of books, articles, movies and documentaries on the topic of disabilities. Produced by the French Noemi association, the video shows a social experiment in which parents were invited to participate in an educational game with their children. Without giving too much away, the video reflects Noemi's mission which is to encourage society to see disabled people as the individuals that they are - respecting their dignity and treating them with equality. 

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