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


    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.

    Agoes Antara

    2. The Wish To Play


      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.


      Enrique Castro-Mendivil

      3. The Wish For Mischief


        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


          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


            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.


            Karma Jigme

            6. The Wish For Friendship


              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


                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.

                Fotos Fatea

                8. The Wish For Peace


                  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.


                  9. The Wish For Food


                    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.


                    10. The Wish For Trust


                      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.

                      Ipoenk Graphic

                      11. The Wish For Home


                        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



                          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


                            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


                              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.

                              Светлана Квашина

                              15. The Wish To Wish


                                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

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                                60 Things To Be Thankful For In Life

                                60 Things To Be Thankful For In Life

                                Sometimes it’s easier to focus on what we don’t have, rather than what we do have. It’s important to take time out and remember all of the things to be thankful for that many of us take for granted.

                                  Here you’ll find 60 very solid things to be thankful for in your everyday life. These are great reminders for you to treasure everything you have.

                                  1. Good Health

                                  Even if you’re health isn’t great, it could be worse and you likely still have some working parts to be thankful for.

                                  2. Money in the Bank

                                  Having just a few coins makes you richer than most people on Earth.

                                  3. Good Friends

                                  Often, it’s the quality of friendships, not the quantity.

                                  4. Freedom of Religion

                                  Being able to worship whomever and however you want is something many people don’t ever experience.

                                  5. Your Parents

                                  Even if they’re dysfunctional, they gave you life.

                                  6. Weekends

                                  There’s something magical about weekends.

                                  7.Having a Partner

                                  Being in a romantic relationship can teach you so much about the world and yourself.

                                  8. Pets

                                  Pets offer one of the best examples of unconditional love.

                                  9. Learning from Mistakes

                                  If we never made mistakes, we wouldn’t learn much so it is one of those things we should be thankful for.

                                  10. Opportunity to Get an Education

                                  The opportunity to attend school is something many people don’t have.


                                  11. Having a Home

                                  Whether you live in an apartment, a mansion, or a tent, having a place to call home is something to be thankful for.

                                  12. An Ability to Read

                                  If you’re reading this right now, you have a lot to be thankful for.

                                  13. Breathing Fresh Air

                                  Being able to step outside to breathe in fresh air is a good reminder how many little things we should be thankful for.

                                  14. A Bed to Sleep

                                  A bed is one of those things that’s easy to take for granted, until you don’t have one.

                                  15. Laughter

                                  Without laughter, the world would be a sad place.

                                  16. Safety and Security

                                  Being able to wake up without immense fear frees us up to really live life.

                                  17. Cars

                                  Without cars, it would take a lot longer to get our activities done.

                                  18. Sunshine

                                  The sun’s warmth can brighten any day.

                                  19. Time

                                  Although we often don’t think there’s enough of it, time is something we shouldn’t take for granted.

                                  20. Clean Water

                                  Many people on earth lack access to clean water.

                                  21. Cell Phones

                                  Cell phones make talking to loved ones easy.

                                  22. Love

                                  The world sure would be a different place if we lacked the ability to love.

                                  23. Books

                                  Books provide an opportunity to enter another world all from the comfort of your own home.


                                  24. Kindness of Strangers

                                  Never take the kindness of a stranger for granted.

                                  25. Campfires

                                  The simplicity of a campfire creates lifelong memories.

                                  26. Pain

                                  Without pain, it would be difficulty to appreciate life’s joys.

                                  27. Art

                                  The world would be less beautiful if art didn’t exist.

                                  28. Holidays

                                  Any reason to celebrate is something we should be thankful for.

                                  29. Freedom of Speech

                                  Being able to express your thoughts and feelings freely should never be taken for granted.

                                  30. Rainbows

                                  The beauty of a rainbow is unmatched.

                                  31. Tears

                                  Sometimes when there are no words to say, tears express how we feel for us.

                                  32. Waking up Today

                                  Simply waking up today means you have things to be thankful for.

                                  33. Indoor Plumbing

                                  Indoor plumbing not only provides convenience, it spares us from disease.

                                  34. Wisdom that Comes with Age

                                  Thankfully, we grow smarter over time.

                                  35. Mountains

                                  Mountains provide us with beauty and recreation.

                                  36. Eyesight

                                  Being able to see allows us to view the world’s beauty.


                                  37. Grocery Stores

                                  Grocery stores mean we don’t have to spend all of our time getting our own food.

                                  38. Sunsets

                                  Sunsets are a reminder that we should enjoy the simple things in life.

                                  39. Entertainment

                                  Entertainment gives us a way to relax and enjoy life.

                                  40. Your Mind

                                  Being able to think, remember, and solve problems sure makes life easier.

                                  41. Employment

                                  Even if you don’t like your job, being employed means someone thought you were special enough to hire.

                                  42. Diversity

                                  The world would be a boring place without diversity.

                                  43. Moon and Stars

                                  The moon and stars encourage us to dream.

                                  44. Electricity

                                  Electricity makes most of our chores efficient.

                                  45. Air Conditioning

                                  Staying cool on a hot day is something people wouldn’t have dreamed about in past centuries.

                                  46. Hearing

                                  Being able to hear your loved one’s voice is something that not everyone gets to do.

                                  47. Children

                                  Watching children laugh, grow, and dream can keep things in perspective.

                                  48. Ability to Learn

                                  The ability to learn new things means we have endless potential.

                                  49. People Willing to Teach

                                  Whether it’s your grandmother teaching you to knit or your plumber showing you how to prevent future problems, be grateful that others are willing to use their time and talents to teach you something new.


                                  50. Oceans

                                  The sea creatures in the ocean almost seem too mystical to be real.

                                  51. Modern Medicine

                                  Without advances in modern medicine, many of us wouldn’t be alive.

                                  52. Music

                                  Music brings out new emotions.

                                  53. Entrepreneurs

                                  Some of life’s best inventions resulted from an entrepreneur who was willing to take a risk.

                                  54. Warm Clothing

                                  On a cold day, there’s nothing more important than warm clothing.

                                  55. Freedom to Vote

                                  Being able to have a say in the laws should never be taken for granted.

                                  56. An Internet Connection

                                  It’s hard to believe how easy it is to take the internet for granted, seeing how none of us had just a couple of decades ago.

                                  57. Challenges

                                  Without challenges in life, we wouldn’t be the people we are now.

                                  58. Hiking Trails

                                  Hiking trails give us the chance to enjoy mother’s nature beauty.

                                  59. Vaccines

                                  Many of us wouldn’t be alive without today’s vaccinations.

                                  60. Armed Forces

                                  Our lives would likely be very different if we didn’t have protection from the armed forces.

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