Want To Know What Really Matters To Kids?

June 28, 2018 3 min. read

Want To Know What Really Matters To Kids?

If you're a parent, you're going to want to read this.

Well maybe not want to, but you need to.

Just have tissues ready.

Dr. Alastair McAlpine is a palliative paediatrician (so don't every complain about how hard your job is ever again) from Cape Town, South Africa. He recently completed an assignment where he asked kids with terminal illnesses what gives their lives meaning.

Knowing how valuable the lessons given by children are, Dr. McAlpine decided we could all benefit from their wisdom so shared the results on Twitter. 

 

 

As you'd expect, what really matters to kids is time spent with their loved ones. Mum, Dad, Siblings and even Pets are their whole world.

 

 

 

 

What’s also interesting about these kids responses is how they spent time with their families and friends. Interactive, intimate moments of love and kindness.

 

 

 

 

What else meant a lot to them? How their people make them feel.

 

 

 

 

 

The most extra-ordinary moments in life are usually the most ordinary ones. Playing with the dog, snuggling on the couch, going for a bushwalk...these are the moments that make kids feel safe, secure and loved.

In fact, kids don't care what they're doing, as long as their surrounded by those who love them. That's what they remember.

So what's the lesson here? I'll leave that to Dr. McApline...

 

 

*sobs



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