The Power of a Child

I love Spring Break because it’s literally all about quality family time, especially with my daughter. I’ve been able to catch up on things I failed to formerly do because of life’s relentless ongoing demands. One thing I love to do with my daughter is watch certain shows that are obviously child-friendly. Strangely enough, there was this character on one of our frequently watched shows who “did not have a mommy”. I, of course, wasn’t prepared to answer questions about this sad reality knowing how my daughter would be curious as to how a child her age is motherless. I think this concept is too overwhelming for a four year old to grasp so all I said was that some kids don’t have mommies or daddies. Truthfully, I thought the conversation would end there but to my surprise, my daughter walked up to me a few minutes later telling me how she felt sorry for “kids who don’t have mommies cause their life must be very hard”. I automatically realized that kids are not just transparent and innocent, but they’re absolutely smart and sensitive beyond measure. For a four year old to conceptualize a mother’s irreplaceable worth and think it through so meticulously to the point of realizing how unbearable life is for kids who are deprived of their own mothers, is fascinating. This statement haunted me all day. It made me think about the importance of being the best possible version of ourselves around our kids especially given their intelligence and sensitivity. Though we may assume that kids take their parents for granted, they may be very well aware of how privileged they are, and grateful for their fortunate circumstances as well as their family. This situation forced me to rethink the manner in which I approach certain subjects with and around my daughter particularly after comprehending her emotional and psychological maturity. I learned that I should never underestimate my child just because of her age, and that in spite of her youth, both her innocence and simplicity essentially make her more cognizant and appreciative of the things that matter the most. Unlike adults, our kids are so humble that they magically acknowledge some of life’s most valuable and priceless possessions despite their inexperience. It’s intriguing how much you can learn from your own child if you just observe more and talk less. 


Dina Abu-Seif 

BA in Communications 

MA in Sociology-Anthropology 

"If you think education is expensive, try ignorance." 

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