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7 Best Lessons I’ve Learned from my Children during Quarantine

I was teaching in Bangkok, Thailand when the COVID – 19 pandemic started to kick-off. Living in Bangkok with my kids, we have decided to fly back to the Philippines and say goodbye to the city (and the school) we had set our hearts to… It was a very crucial decision to make for me and Manuel – but – we have made it back in the Philippines – safe, healthy and protected by the Lord.

Staying at home for nearly 7 months now, these are the 7 best lessons I’ve learned from my children…

1.Your children find their identity and completeness in you (for now). Enjoy their “clinginess”. As they say, your nickname is “Mom”…. your full name is “Mom, Mom, Mom, Mom, Mom”..

2.Toys and candies can give them short-term happiness whilst your TIME has a LONG-TERM joy. Expensive gifts can wipe away their tears but your TIME can heal their hurts.

3.“I’m doing this for your future” does not make sense to them. They need YOU. RIGHT NOW. To prepare them. For their FUTURE

4.They learn more from what YOU do than what YOU say.  I always tell Xristus to organize his closet when I can’t have neat drawers! It won’t work this way!

5.They observe how you respond to problems, stress, excitement, happiness and eventually adopting your language, habit and character. Liam, told me day told me “Mommy, hello I am speaking to you”.

6.The most precious thing they can have is your PRESENCE. My children’s favorite time is before going to bed… we cuddle, read stories, tell things we are grateful for and we pray together.. Listening to them means their opinion matters, your all-eyes-on them means they are beautiful people and talking to them means they are interesting individuals.

7.Your children are your TESTIMONY. How they act in public shows how you treat them in private. 

The Bible says;

Don’t you see that children are God’s best gift?
    the fruit of the womb His generous legacy?
Like a warrior’s fistful of arrows
    are the children of a vigorous youth.
Oh, how blessed are you, parents,
    with your quivers full of children!
Your enemies don’t stand a chance against you;
    you’ll sweep them right off your doorstep.

Psalm 127 : 3, The Message

There is so much time to be ADULTS. Enjoy the little humans while their world is still all about YOU. May the Lord bless you today.

Thanks for reading my post.

Love,

9 thoughts on “7 Best Lessons I’ve Learned from my Children during Quarantine”

  1. I am super happy about the stories I read these days (mostly from bloggers) about how everyone’s adjusting to the new normal. Everyone seems to find their way through this but in very different ways! Best of all, we actually have the chance to pause and re-invent our lives. There are so many things to learn when we look closely, especially from kids! I am in quarantine with my dogs and although they do not respond like children, this is the first time in my life where I am realizing that I can actually love another unconditionally. Thank you for your post, Kate! May you continue learning from your kids.

  2. Great lessons! Besides all the bad things that it brought, this pandemic had one positive effect on families: many mothers could spend more time with their children that usually. Your presence is indeed the most important thing for them.

  3. Each and every point is so strong. It’s so true that it doesn’t make any sense when you say that you are doing something for their future, because all that matter is the present, and your presence is indeed the most valuable thing for your children.

  4. It is such a wonderful and emotional post. All parents should read it. The times of quarantine and lockdown of the world have taught us a lot. It’s great that you write that toys give joy only for a while, and in fact, the time spent together is what counts—every moment, especially in times of uncertainty.

  5. These are such wonderful lessons you learnt from your kids while living The Quarantine Life. I don’t have a kid of my own, nor am i married, but could relate to these lessons so much. To be frank, 2020 has seen me the longest sitting at home at a stretch, and even i’ve realised its all about spending quality moments with the fam, that keeps the spirits up.

  6. Hi there,
    I love your website’s name – how clever! You are brave – two kids at home for months 🙂 I totally agree that kids learn from what you do not just what you say. The age old expression – walk to walk vs. talk it… Nikki

  7. Indeed, the quarantine and wfh has taught us so much. The closeness with the kids is just one of them. As a family, we did bond better. We learnt the art of sacrifice and adjustment which honestly was not as strong as before. And more importantly as you said, we did prepare them well for the future.

  8. I feel like these same lessons can be applied to a husband, lol. I don’t have kids but absolutely agree with all the points. It’s awesome they have a parent like you that cares so much for their future, and also has a travel bug to pass along!

  9. I am not a parent but its nice to read the post from a parent’s point of view! I know my parents keep telling me this – when I was little, they loved how clingy I was and now they miss it because I am all grown up. Haha! Its very true that children adopt their parents language, habits and character. Even more so now, when they’re spending most of their time at home rather than in school like they used to before.

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