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The 15 Biggest Wishes Of Children Around The World – And How You Can Help

The 15 Biggest Wishes Of Children Around The World – And How You Can Help

Children are pretty awesome, right? Maybe you have some who you love to tiny pieces, or maybe you want some, maybe, one day.

Whatever your own personal story, the relationship we have towards children is one of the most important of our lives. How we develop with children as people, even if we choose to have nothing to do with them at all: it profoundly shapes who we are and who we become.

Children dream big and wish hard. Take yourself back. Remember when you were looking up at that big old world, projecting your hopes and dreams. How do those hopes and dreams compare with those of children today?

Here are the 15 biggest wishes of children around the world and how you can help.

1. The Wish To Have Fun

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    When asked by adults, children will answer questions about what they want to be when they grow up. But the chances are they are probably happier sticking in the ‘now’ and doing whatever it takes to just have fun and enjoy themselves. You can take a step back and let this happen as often as possible.

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    2. The Wish To Play

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      If you’re lucky, fun and enjoyment can come in a great many forms when you’re a kid. Play is usually at the heart of it. Play allows children’s imaginations to run riot, it gives a channel for competition, it lets them immerse and lose themselves, forgetting everything else. Much like it can for adults. You can create an environment or design a schedule where, for a certain time, play is put right at the top of the agenda.

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      Enrique Castro-Mendivil

      3. The Wish For Mischief

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        Children like to test how far they can go with adults. They revel in cheek, little masters and mistresses when it comes to prodding adults, and often taking enormous amusement in our great displeasure. You can accept their devilish tendencies, and try not to let your temper fray to soon.

        Mark Hawkins

        4. The Wish To Experiment

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          Closely related to both the Wish For Mischief and the Wish For Place is the Wish To Experiment. It’s about testing, probing, learning and discovery. You can let them try things and make their own mistakes, even if they take the occasional bump along the way.

          Dima Vazinovich

          5. The Wish To Be Accepted

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            No child wants to feel like the outsider, although many do. They want recognition, appreciation, engagement and acceptance – much like adults. You can unconditionally accept and forgive them any misdemeanours, not banish them to their rooms for too long.

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            Karma Jigme

            6. The Wish For Friendship

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              For the most part, children like the company of other children; even the most independent and the most happy playing on their own. They’re probably not on Facebook yet, so you can make sure they have a small social circle.

              Jake Olson

              7. The Wish For Safety

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                Children can be improbably adaptable. Many children might not wish for safety, having little idea of real physical risk. But those children with an instinctive understanding of an environment that definitely isn’t safe, they will crave it like nothing else. You can try not to expose children to dangers and potential damage.

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                8. The Wish For Peace

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                  A close relation of the Wish For Safety comes the Wish For Peace. If you’re a child whose day-to-day existence is blighted by the threat of bombs, gunfire, terrorist attacks, a basic lack of basic supplies, your experience of childhood will be distinctly unlike many. Unless you have considerable political power, there’s not likely to be much you can do about this one.
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                  9. The Wish For Food

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                    Children need fuel. Some of them a bit more than others, but for all of them it’s another fundamental human need. You can make sure it’s there when they need it.

                    Mandy

                    10. The Wish For Trust

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                      Children can be disarmingly trusting of people; even complete strangers. But it’s likely that only those who have been betrayed or deceived will wish for trust. You can be honest, give them no reason to mistrust you.

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                      11. The Wish For Home

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                        Being adaptable, children can move around a lot on the whim of circumstance. But they need a comfortable, safe place to call home. You can try to give them that.
                        Muhammed Muheisen

                        12. The Wish For Parents

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                          Once again, their adaptability and experiences may mean that children do not necessarily yearn for a missing parent. But most will. All you can do is be there, and try to make sure your other half is too.

                          Maeka Alexis

                          13. The Wish Not To Work Too Hard

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                            Adaptable as they are, children should be allowed to be children: play, have fun, experiment. You can try to remember this, once they’ve finished washing up, mowing the lawn and building the latest extension.

                            14. The Wish To Learn

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                              They might not admit it, but children want to learn new things. That’s why they play, explore, discover for themselves. You can let them be the human sponges they are, create environments and make games where they can make discoveries and learn new skills.

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                              15. The Wish To Wish

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                                Children want time to dream and wish. The school holidays in summer last about five years in child-time. Let them use some of that to be idle, to drift, to dream, to wish.

                                Elena Shumilova

                                Featured photo credit: Smiling Eyes/Mark Hawkins via composedimages.co.uk

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                                Last Updated on October 18, 2018

                                50+ Best Motivational Quotes To Prepare You For Any Challenges In Life

                                50+ Best Motivational Quotes To Prepare You For Any Challenges In Life

                                Life is filled with highs and lows —happiness and struggles that will test your resilience and integrity, push you to overcome challenges and leave you with lessons that will make you even stronger on your way up.

                                It’s the way you feel and think about yourself, including your expectations and beliefs about what is possible to you, greatly determines everything that happens to you.

                                It all starts with your thoughts. When you change your thoughts, you transform the quality of your life. (Right, Nancy’s story is a typical example!)

                                Below is a list of the best motivational quotes to inspire you to start your day with a blast:

                                Quotes for self-assurance

                                1. Don’t downgrade your dream just to fit your reality, upgrade your conviction to match your destiny.

                                  2. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think.

                                    3. You are confined only by the walls you build yourself.

                                      4. The man who has confidence in himself gains the confidence of others

                                        5. You attract what you are, not what you want. If you want great, then be great.

                                          6. It’s not who you are that holds you behind, it’s who you think your are not.

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                                            7. Stop being afraid of what could go wrong and think of what could go right.

                                              8. You should never regret anything in life. If it’s good, it’s wonderful. If it’s bad, it is experience.

                                                9. Falling down is an accident, staying down is a choice.

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                                                  10. If you have the power to make someone happy, do it. The world needs more of that.

                                                    11. Always believe that something wonderful is about to happen.

                                                      12. Don’t be afraid to give up the good and go for great.

                                                        13. Remember that life’s greatest lessons are usually learned from worst times and from the worst mistakes.

                                                          Quotes for work and success

                                                          14. Don’t talk, just act. Don’t say, just show. Don’t promise, just prove.

                                                            15. Never stop doing great just because someone doesn’t give you credit.

                                                              16. Discipline is doing what needs to be done, even if you don’t want to.

                                                                17. Work while they sleep. Learn while they party. Save while they spend. Live like they dream.

                                                                  18. The key to success is to focus our conscious mind on things we desire, not things we fear.

                                                                    19. Never apologize for having high standards, people who really want to be in your life will rise to meet them.

                                                                      20. If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you.

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                                                                        21. Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it, time will pass anyway.

                                                                          22. Don’t fear failure. Fear being in the exact same place next year as you are today.

                                                                            23. A hill is just another opportunity to leave your competition behind.

                                                                              24. Don’t quit. You’re already in pain. You’re already hurt. Get a reward from it.

                                                                                25. Hustle until you no longer need to introduce yourself.

                                                                                  26. You didn’t come this far only to come this far.

                                                                                    27. Be selective in your battles for sometimes peace is better than being right.

                                                                                      28 If we keep doing what we are doing, we’re going to keep getting what we’re getting.

                                                                                        29. You will never know your limits until you push yourself to them.

                                                                                          30. Do what you have to do until you can do what you want to do.

                                                                                            31. The man on top of the mountain didn’t fall there.

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                                                                                              32. If your dreams don’t scare you, they are not big enough.

                                                                                                33. If you can’t handle stress, you won’t manage success.

                                                                                                  34. Don’t be pushed by your problems, be led by your dreams.

                                                                                                    35. Don’t mistake silence for weakness. Smart people don’t plan big moves out loud.

                                                                                                      36. Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.

                                                                                                        37. Obsessed is the word the lazy use to describe dedicated.

                                                                                                          38. You become who you spend your time with.

                                                                                                            39. Be stubborn about your goals and flexible about your methods.

                                                                                                              40. Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.

                                                                                                                41. If you don’t build your dreams, someone else will hire you to build theirs.

                                                                                                                  42. Between stimulus and response is our greatest power –the freedom to choose.

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                                                                                                                    43. What comes easy won’t last, what lasts won’t come easy.

                                                                                                                      44. Don’t limit your challenges, challenge your limits.

                                                                                                                        45. Work until your idols become your rivals.

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                                                                                                                          46. Formal education will make you a living. Self-education will make you a fortune.

                                                                                                                            47. I create new enemies every day, it’s called business.

                                                                                                                              48. When you have a Million Dollar vision, don’t surround yourself with 1 cent minds.

                                                                                                                                49. You can’t get rich thinking poor.

                                                                                                                                  50. Doing what is comfortable is rarely profitable.

                                                                                                                                    51. If you can count your money, work harder.

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