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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 June 13, 2019

                                How to Quit Your Boring Life and Start Living an Interesting One

                                How to Quit Your Boring Life and Start Living an Interesting One

                                Think you have a boring life?

                                The definition of boring is dull or not interesting. Maybe you’ve been doing the same thing and living the same life for too long, or maybe your daily routine is limiting your growth and happiness. Whatever your reason is, the following list of 20 things can definitely make any day more interesting. Some of them are silly, while some are more meaningful, so hopefully just reading the list makes your life less boring and sparks your creativity.

                                Let’s dive in the list to quit your boring life and start living an interesting (and meaning) one!

                                1. Channel Your 7-Year-Old Self

                                What would he or she want to do right now? Color? Paint? Run around outside? Play dress up? Eat with your hands? Play that instrument hiding in the back of your closet that you haven’t touched in years?

                                Just because you’re a grown up doesn’t mean any of this stuff will be less enjoyable than you remember it. Give yourself permission to play.

                                2. Go Play with Kids

                                Speaking of little kids, if you have your own or access to any (in a non-creepy way, like they’re your niece or your best friend’s kid, you get the idea) go play with them!

                                They didn’t create an entire show called Kids Say The Darndest Things because kids aren’t hilarious. They also keep things so simple, and we can really stand to be reminded of this and stop allowing ourselves to get bogged down in boring details.

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                                3. Order a Hot Dog

                                While you’re eating it, Google: “What’s in a hot dog?” You decide whether or not you want to finish it.

                                4. For the Ladies: Wear Your Sexiest Lingerie Under Your Work Clothes

                                Your “little secret” will leave you feeling anything but boring all day!

                                5. Play Cell Phone Roulette

                                You’ll need at least one buddy for this. Scroll through the contacts in your phone, stop on a random one and call the person.

                                You could spark an incredible catch up session or be incredibly awkward. Neither are boring.

                                6. Fill out a Pack of Thank-You Cards

                                Give them to random people who probably don’t get thanked too often for doing what they do ever day.

                                Ideas: police officers, librarians, servers, baristas, cab drivers, sanitation workers, teachers, people behind any check out counter, receptionists, your friends, the guy at the falafel stand, etc.

                                7. Sign up for a Class in Something You’ve “Always Wanted to Do”, or Something That Makes You Really Uncomfortable

                                Ideas: pole dancing, salsa lessons, improv, pottery, cooking, knitting (yup, there are classes for this, too!), karate, boxing, something techy like the workshops they run in Apple stores, get Rosetta Stone and learn that language you’ve always wanted to speak, etc.

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                                What’s good about joining an interest class is that you will also meet new people!

                                8. Interview Your Grandparents About Their Lives

                                You can bet they’ve had some crazy experiences you probably never knew about.

                                9. Get up on Stage at an Open Mic Night

                                Whether you’re funny or not, get up on stage and just talk funny. And if you’re not, memorize a few of your favorite jokes and tell those!

                                10. Do Something for Someone Else That You Wish Someone Would Do for You

                                We all have a few ideas on this list. I promise you will feel amazing after and anything but bored.

                                11. Start a DIY Project in Your Home

                                It doesn’t have to be super complicated. If you need ideas, there’re plenty on Pinterest. Or you can also check out these 30 Awesome DIY Projects that You’ve Never Heard of.

                                12. Plan a Weekend Trip or an All-Out Vacation

                                This will give you something to look forward to.

                                Even if you don’t have the time or money to go on a vacation, plan for a staycation, which is same fun and relaxing!

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                                13. People Watch

                                Find a bench in a crowded area (centers of transportation like airports, bus stops and train stations are great for this!) and just observe.

                                People are infinitely interesting.

                                14. Eat Something You’ve Never Eaten Before

                                Bonus points if it’s a random fruit or veggie.

                                15. Dance

                                You can get your friends together for a night on the town or just pull up a video on YouTube and bust a move from your own living room.

                                If you’re feeling extra brave, you can even dance in public and get other people involved.

                                16. Go to YOUTUBE and Search “Funny Pets” or “Funny Babies”

                                This is also a great quickie ab workout as you will be laughing hysterically.

                                17. Pick up a Book and Start Reading

                                Check out the NY Times Best Sellers lists and grab a new book you can get lost in.

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                                18. Step Away from the Computer and Go Get Some Time with People You Care About in Real Life

                                Facebook stalking doesn’t count as real social interaction. You can even share this post with your friends and vote on which one you’d like to do together!

                                19. Check out a Museum You’ve Never Been to Before

                                OK, depending on your interests, this one might actually be boring. If you love learning, art or different cultures though, this one is for you!

                                20. Write a List of Things You Desire and Truly Want

                                This is a great way to help you figure out the real reason why you’re feeling bored about your life. Maybe you haven’t really done things that you truly enjoy? Maybe what you’ve wanted to do all the time has been left behind?

                                Think about the list of things you really want to do, and ask yourself why you aren’t doing these things (yet). Then start taking your first step to make what you want happen.

                                Now go make your life interesting and live your dream life!

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