28 Reasons Kids Are Awesome

1. They make friends fast. “Do you want to play?” That’s it. As adults, it’s much more difficult to form a relationship so quickly. Unless you are in a bar at closing time.  2. They don’t hold grudges. Sure, little kids fight. But when it’s over, it’s over. This is why “Real Housewives” doesn’t revolve around the lives of a bunch of four year olds.  3. They go with their gut. Small children don’t fret over whether they made the right decision. They’d much prefer to spend time fretting over whether you gave them the right color cup.

1. They make friends fast. “Do you want to play?” That’s it. As adults, it’s much more difficult to form a relationship so quickly. Unless you are in a bar at closing time.

2. They don’t hold grudges. Sure, little kids fight. But when it’s over, it’s over. This is why “Real Housewives” doesn’t revolve around the lives of a bunch of four year olds.

3. They go with their gut. Small children don’t fret over whether they made the right decision. They’d much prefer to spend time fretting over whether you gave them the right color cup.

4. They live in the moment. They don’t dwell in the past. They don’t worry about the future – unless they are being told that it’s bedtime.

5. They make stuff. They draw. They glue. They paint. They cut anything they can get their hands on. Seriously, keep your scissors hidden and don’t say you weren’t warned.

6. They say what they mean. They don’t need to get anything off their chests because they’ve already said everything. If adults did that, there would be a lot less drinking at Thanksgiving.

7. They get excited. Little children can find spectacular in the mundane. Two-year-olds have been known to cheer for clothes in a washing machine the way most people would a favorite sport’s team.

8. They don’t discriminate. Until taught otherwise, they’re accepting of everyone. Well, everyone except babies. The number one insult from a small child is being called a “baby.”

9. They admit when they’re scared. This lets us help them alleviate their fears. They also admit when they’re mad. Hell hath no fury like a three-year-old who discovers that you’re out of string cheese.

10. They accept compliments. When you give a child a compliment, she’ll probably answer, “I know.”

11. They’re not afraid to make mistakes. Which is why crayons don’t need erasers.

12. They march to the beat of their own drum. Literally. Little kids can often be found marching around the house banging on things.

13. They appreciate the little things. Maybe it’s because they are little things. They appreciate the big things too. Nobody loves a dinosaur as much as a preschooler.

14. They trust. That said, small children are also incredibly gullible. If you told a child you invented the s’more, they’d believe you.

15. They laugh. Out loud and often.

16. They ask questions. “Why aren’t bananas juicy?” “How did the first person who made pancakes know how to make pancakes?” “How did the baby get into your tummy?”

17. They play. And they don’t do it because it will look good on their résumés.

18. They don’t mind getting dirty. (You might, but they don’t.)

19. They’re uninhibited. They’ll dress themselves in fairy wings, a tutu and galoshes to go to the grocery store. Once there, they’ll skip down the cereal aisle. Having a kid is probably a lot like living with Zooey Deschanel.

20. They don’t care about price tags. Prada. Gucci. Armani. They don’t care about the name on the label. They just don’t want the label to be scratchy.

21. They’re cheap dates. Sure, you can take them to the zoo. But, you can also take them out back to look at squirrels.

22. They’re funny. Sometimes on purpose.

23. They see the best in people. It’s unclear at what age most of us become cynical, but it’s not when we are in preschool.

24. They’re determined. When there is something they want, they’ll stop at nothing to get it. They will call your name 20 times to get your attention if you’re on the phone. And, you know what? It works.

25. They say, “I love you.” And they don’t wait for someone else to say it first.

26. They think outside the box. They also play inside the box. And with bubble wrap too.

27. They love to help. Of course, the problem is they’re not always very good at it. But, they sure love doing it.

28. They’re good at keeping secrets. Okay. Just kidding. They’re actually terrible at keeping secrets. They’re the worst secret keepers EVER. But, hey, they’re just kids. They can’t be good at everything.

Related post: 13 Things My Husband Can Learn From My Toddler

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Kristen 11 months ago

Yes! If only adults could follow a few of these, life could be a bit clearer :) Even if it isn’t any less hectic :)

Jennifer Jordan 11 months ago

19 is hilarious.

Sheila DeStefano 11 months ago

Great list!

Kimberly Whitcher 11 months ago

One of my sons stopped saying I love you :( it’s one of the saddest things ever he’s only 6 :(

Ginny Schultz Vandenburg 11 months ago

This was great and so true! And they really do get excited about some crazy stuff. Just last week I bought a new type of cereal–my 7-year-old read the box and said, “Made with real whole grains! Awesome!”

Shauna Wienke 11 months ago

What a great list! Good post.

Puckstevo Melnick 11 months ago

I’d forgotten crayons don’t need erasers..profound wisdom of youth..

Karley Watson 11 months ago

That’s my fav one. My daughter cheered today because I brought her toast

Camey Sullivan 11 months ago

I love this!

Martha Vaughn Mayfield 11 months ago

Such a sweet read! Thanks for posting.

Fiona Burke 11 months ago

Great read at 7.30 on Sunday morning up with three such kids

Steven R. Sorensen 11 months ago

This is a great read !!!

Heidi Davis Lewis 11 months ago

Love!!!!!

Kathryn Nelson O’Dell 11 months ago

Loved this.

dianna 11 months ago

Cute

dianna 11 months ago

Very funny

Cari Werth Merlina 11 months ago

Love #6

Mary Elizabeth Dicks 11 months ago

I needed to read this today. Thank you. :)

Jessica Watkins 11 months ago

# 8 is the best!

Elizabeth Lopez 11 months ago

Today my son says “daddy said I could stay up as late as I wanted to but if you found out then this conversation never happened” #28 all the way. Super cute list

Beth Blackwell 11 months ago

Kiddo turns 2 on the 17th and he’s everything on this list.

Ana Rebelo Daley 11 months ago

4, 8 and 23! Love this!

Jennifer Ybarra 11 months ago

Awesome!

Devon Elizabeth 11 months ago

Love this list

KJ 11 months ago

Thank you!! I love you! I need this in my life. I am going to print this out as a reminder.

Kelsey Bishop Whited 11 months ago

Aww sweet. I’m always amazed at the excitement my child has for everything. Oh you cleaned the lint catcher? Yay! Go mommy! Yay!

Kelly Spencer Fitzgerald 11 months ago

This is awesome!

Teresa Howick Wilson 11 months ago

This was very accurate, and sweet :). I’m actually smiling, which has been tough to do lately so thanks Scary Mommy

TH 11 months ago

You know the real answer to that don’t you? Money. We have to be responsible, professional, ADULTS to get jobs to make money.

Marceline Tempesta 11 months ago

Love 10. That’s my kid for sure lol

Linda Ode 11 months ago

Cute

Abigail Bundy Noonan 11 months ago

Favorite: #19 =)

April Allen Jarvis 11 months ago

Love this !

Jeannine Reilly 11 months ago

Kids are NOT good at keeping secrets!! Lol

Kerri O’Connor Tang 11 months ago

It’s about time I read something positive on this site!

Shannon Doran 11 months ago

Love love love! ! Especially number 7

Natti Ruales 11 months ago

Love it

Katie Johnson 11 months ago

Love this! :)

Casey 11 months ago

And we grow up why?

KEBMAMA 1 year ago

I love this! As I’m reading this I remember that I have as much to relearn through my child as I have to teach him!
Put down the electronics and play with them, talk to them, sing silly songs and build a fort with them!!!

ElectraDaddy 2 years ago

#8. Truth.

Katie @ The Surly Housewife 2 years ago

Such a great list :) I remind myself at least three times a day “questions are good. Questions are good.”

Nina Badzin 2 years ago

This was very sweet!

wini 2 years ago

This article is grwat. Kids are truly awesome. Frankly, I’ll trust a child’s gut feelings/reactions WAY before I’d trust an adult. Their feelings are pure.

Kimberly Furnell 2 years ago

One of my favourite articles ever “like living with Zooey Deschanel” lol!!! Seriously, thank you you made my morning kids ARE awesome!!!

Mary 2 years ago

I love this. ^_^

yep, kids are a huge pain in the butt… especially as teens… but they’re also pretty awesome little human beings… most of the time.
And my two drive me freaking bananas… but they also make me laugh. And “Yeah, Mom, I love you too…” is my favorite phrase ever. (hey, they’re teens. I’ll take what I can get.) 😉