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What You Can Learn From A 2 Year Old

From patience to persistence, here are a few things that I have learnt from my 2 year old.

November 11, 2022

And so my baby girl turned 2 earlier this month. It is so amazing to watch her grow up, from a helpless infant to an active toddler, and achieving all the significant milestones like walking, talking, playing with other kids, and more. You can read about my journey to becoming a father and the secrets to parenting.

There are a lot of things that we can learn from our elders, but sometimes, it is the youngest among us who can teach us the most. From patience to persistence, here are a few things that I have learnt from my 2 year old.


Imagine Like A 2 Year Old

Children are natural born imaginative beings. When left to their own devices, they will create entire worlds and characters with such conviction that you find yourself transported to their make-believe lands. It is no wonder then that some of the most successful people in the world credit their success to their childhood imagination.

What is it about imagination that is so powerful? When we engage in make-believe, we are not constrained by reality. We can be anyone we want to be and do anything we want to do. This freedom allows us to tap into our creative potential and come up with innovative solutions to problems.

Unfortunately, as we grow older, we often lose touch with our imagination. We become bogged down by the mundane realities of life and forget how to dream. If you find yourself in a rut, try channeling your inner child and let your imagination run wild. Dare to dream, and dream big. You may be surprised at what you come up with!


Play Like A 2 Year Old

Children love to play. It is how they learn about the world around them. But did you know that playtime is also important for children’s physical, cognitive, social and emotional development?

When children play, they develop important life skills such as teamwork, problem solving and communication. They also learn how to control their emotions, cope with frustration and overcome challenges.

Physical play is essential for children’s motor development. Through climbing, kicking, throwing and other movements, children improve their coordination, balance and gross motor skills.

Cognitive play helps children learn about numbers, shapes, colors and letters. Games such as memory and matching help them to develop important memory skills.

Social play gives children the opportunity to interact with other kids and practice their social skills. They learn how to share, take turns and resolve conflict.

Emotional play allows children to express their feelings in a safe and healthy way. They learn how to manage emotions such as anger, fear and sadness.

Play is essential for children’s overall development and well-being.

As we become an adult, we may lose this aspect of play. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. So let us have fun and play like a 2 year old at times!


Explore Like A 2 Year Old

Children are natural explorers. They are born with a curiosity about the world around them and a desire to learn. It is what drives kids to ask “why?” a million times, and to touch, taste, and smell. As parents and caregivers, we can encourage this natural curiosity by providing opportunities for children to explore their surroundings.

Exploration is important for children's cognitive development. It helps them to learn about their environment and to develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills. When children explore, they are also developing important physical skills such as fine motor skills, gross motor skills, and hand-eye coordination.

When we are a parent, it is easy to get caught up in the day-to-day grind and forget the importance of being curious. As adults, we often become set in our ways and stopped asking questions. But children can teach us a lot about the beauty of curiosity:

  1. Curiosity is the engine of learning.
  2. Curiosity fuels creativity.
  3. Curiosity makes us more open-minded.

Persevere Like A 2 Year Old

As they move from rolling to crawling to sitting to standing to walking – kids fall, stumble, bump their heads, trip, tumble, and get right back up again. And they do it a lot!

The perseverance babies and children show as they move from one developmental phase to another is beyond anything we could even begin to understand as adults.

They do things over and over again, in a seemingly obsessive manner, all to carry out the natural progression of child development. These small, seemingly insignificant skills lead to bigger skills and later build to even more noticeable, complex ones.

In his book Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell popularized the 10,000-hour rule, the idea that it takes about 10,000 hours of practice to become an expert in any field. While this may be true for some people, for others, success depends not only on the number of hours spent practicing, but on their willingness to persevere in the face of difficulties.

It does not matter how talented you are or how many hours you have practiced. If you give up when things get tough, you will never reach your potential. But if you are willing to keep going even when it seems like there is no hope, you can achieve anything you set your mind to.


Laugh Like A 2 Year Old

Children are experts at laughing and enjoying the moment. They do not worry about what happened yesterday or what will happen tomorrow. They are not anxious about the future or dwell in the past. They are present in the here and now, and they make the most of it. They dance when they hear music, laugh when something tickles them, and cry when they are sad.

In our fast-paced, achievement-oriented society, it is easy to get caught up in the never-ending quest for more. More money, more things, more work, more productivity. When we are caught up in our everyday lives, it is easy to forget the importance of just lauughing and enjoying life. But if we take a cue from children, we can learn to appreciate the joy of living in the moment.

Laughter is essential to a happy and healthy life. Here are just a few of the reasons why we should all make time to laugh every day:

1. Laughter is good for your physical health.

Numerous studies have shown that laughter has all sorts of positive effects on our physical health, including reducing stress hormones, improving cardiac function and increasing immunity. So next time you are feeling run down, try watching a funny movie or TV show instead of reaching for medication.

2. Laughter can improve your mental health.

Just like physical activity releases endorphins that boost our mood, laughter also does wonders for our mental health. It can help reduce anxiety and depression, and increase feelings of happiness and well-being. So if you are feeling blue, make sure to call up a friend who always makes you laugh.

3. Laughter can help you bond with others.

Laughter is a great way to connect with others and build relationships. When we share a laugh with someone, it creates an instant connection and sense of intimacy. So next time you want to break the ice with someone new, try making them laugh!

4. Laughter is contagious.

Have you ever noticed how when one person laughs, everyone around them starts laughing too? That is because laughter is contagious – so when you laugh, chances are good that you will make other people laugh as well! So next time you are in a bad mood, try looking for the humor in your situation instead of dwelling on the negative – it could brighten up your whole day… and the days of those around you as well!


Give Like A 2 Year Old

When it comes to money, children can teach us a lot. They are often much more generous than adults and are not afraid to give without expecting anything in return.

Children know that sharing is caring. They are often willing to share their candy with friends or family members, and they understand that sharing can help others in need. This is an important lesson for adults, who sometimes forget the importance of philanthropy and charity.

There are many benefits to giving, both for the person giving and for the person receiving. When we give, we often feel happier and more fulfilled than when we just focus on ourselves. Giving can also help build stronger relationships and make the world a better place.

So, the next time you think about giving someone a gift, do not just focus on what they can do for you – think about what you can do for them. It just might make all the difference.


It is refreshing to see children living in the moment and enjoying the simple things in life. And along the way we can work towards our own financial freedom. Here are three tips:

  1. Live within your means.
  2. Plan for the future.
  3. Invest in yourself first.

If we all adopted these three simple principles, we would be well on our way to enjoying true financial freedom. Let us start living like children and enjoying the simple things in life!


Junwen Chen

My mission is to educate and empower people to design their lives so that they can live in abundance.

Let me partner with you, to design and nurture your dreams and ultimate life goals.


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