Smiling Begins with Children

Children

“Why are they sad and glad and bad? I do not know, go ask your dad.” 
Dr. Seuss

Shinichi Suzuki, violinist, educator and humanitarian said that “Children learn to smile from their parents.”  Even so, whenever I think of a perfect smile, I remember when my baby boy smiled at me for the first time.  It was pure, without any artifice and it was all for me.

Gena Lee Nolin, actress and model, said, “My children are the reason I laugh, smile and want to get up every morning.”

Smiles begin in homes, around the dinner or computer table, sharing a pizza or working on a math equation. Children deserve our very best smiles.

“If you have only one smile in you, give it to the people you love. Don’t be surly at home, then go out in the street and start grinning ‘Good morning’ at total strangers.” 
Maya Angelou

30 Comments

  1. The world would be a better place for sure!

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    1. Clanmother says:

      “Adults are obsolete children.”
      ― Dr. Seuss

      I rather like the title – sounds like we have a lot more fun, even if we are obsolete!!!!

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  2. Gallivanta says:

    I am sure you will know this quote that I can’t quite remember but your post makes me think of ‘Smile and the world smiles with you”

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    1. Clanmother says:

      I love that song – and Louis Armstrong made it a household tune. The songwriters were Joe Goodwin, Larry Shay & Mark Fisher:

      When you’re smilin’ keep on smilin’
      The whole world smiles with you
      And when you’re laughin’ oh when youre laughin’
      The sun comes shinin? through

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      1. Gallivanta says:

        Oh I must listen to it. I had completely forgotten it was a song.

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      2. Clanmother says:

        Check this out!!!

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      3. Gallivanta says:

        I did, I did, it’s wonderful. I am smiling all over.

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  3. I look after my nearly 3 year old grandson twice a week, and you are so right about the smiles. When he smiles at me it is a moment of sheer pleasure for both of us. As you say, it is without artifice. A golden boy giving a golden gift to his grandma. Wonderful!

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    1. Clanmother says:

      “Golden boy giving a golden gift to his grandma.” The value is incalculable and the memories last forever…

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  4. Beautiful one!!!

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    1. Clanmother says:

      Thank you so much!!!

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  5. LaVagabonde says:

    There’s nothing like a baby’s smile to warm the heart.

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    1. Clanmother says:

      I have been doing some research on smiling and found that children can smile up to an average of 400 times per day. Adults it seems can only average 15 per day. What happened!!!!????

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  6. very lovely post, thank you.

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    1. Clanmother says:

      Thank you so much, my friend – your thoughts are appreciated!!!

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  7. arjun bagga says:

    Dr. Seuss is a fascinating writer. Add to cart 🙂

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    1. Clanmother says:

      Yes, he is!!! I think that in many respects, I had a better understanding of his writing when I was a child, than as an adult.

      Here’s a Dr. Seuss quote that I think you will like:

      “Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.”
      ― Dr. Seuss

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      1. arjun bagga says:

        His simplicity in writing is amazing and thus has a great impact. Presently, kids in India are aware of his poems unlike my time.

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      2. Clanmother says:

        I agree! For someone who led a complex life and who had no children of his own, it it amazing how he was able to create simplicity in his words…

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      3. arjun bagga says:

        That’s incredible. Great outlook to life, very inspiring!

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  8. Ms Frances says:

    Smiles begin at home, how true. Children learn from parents, true, however children can teach us far more! Let’s learn each day, from our children, children on the street, and everywhere, actually. They have a world to teach us.

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    1. Clanmother says:

      I agree! They give so much in one smile…

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  9. 67paintings says:

    I love Dr Suess child-like mind bending rhymes, but they’re good for adults too, me thinks

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    1. Clanmother says:

      Me thinks that you are very, very right, and here is a rhyme meant just for your sight!!!

      “It’s not about what it is, it’s about what it can become.”
      ― Dr. Seuss, The Lorax

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    1. Clanmother says:

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  11. so as i scanned the amazing queue of posts about smiles, i wondered, ‘how have i not seen any of these?’ and then i looked to the top and it showed i was following… and i looked to the side bar and —nope.. i needed to click that one!

    N0W! send more smiles soon!

    z

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    1. Clanmother says:

      Sending them swiftly to your side! Thank you for your wonderful support and encouragement.

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