From spontaneously busting out dance moves whenever the mood strikes, to turning even a trip to the store into an epic, imagination-fueled adventure and wearing the most fun outfits 24/7, there's a lot we grownups can learn from kids. Childhood is the most magical time of our lives, filled with infinite possibilities and joy in the simple and everyday. To make life even sunnier for the little ones in your life, and to inspire you, too, we're celebrating the absolute best things about being a kid. Who's ready to have an imaginary adventure in the middle of the grocery store!?
Spontaneous Dance Parties
When you're a kid, you really can and should dance like nobody's watching. It's a time before inhibitions kick in, so who cares if anyone's watching anyway!? A dance party can turn around a bad mood or a tough day at school, and it's a great way to increase family bonding and self-expression — and even make friends. So next time your child is feeling the music, stop what you're doing and join in.
Where adults barely register everyday items like a cardboard box, the kitchen floor, or a bubble bath bottle, kids are wired to see infinite possibilities — like a vehicle patrolling a planet in a far-away galaxy or a train making its way across a mountain range. They can spend hours exploring a world that's entirely of their own making, which is why the recycling is often more interesting than a haul of brand-new toys. Once you see the world through the vibrant lens of a child, it's hard to sweat the small stuff.
Through-the-Roof Energy Levels
Getting to know the world is exciting. Remember staying up all night at holiday time, and somehow making it through the whole next day on just a nap? Kids possess almost endless energy stores, which defy growth spurts, constant new experiences, and learning. We can learn a lot from them about the power of enthusiasm, so why not make a list with your child about everything you're excited about today?
Impossibly Cute, Fun Clothes
Every day is an adventure for a kid, and it starts with picking out what they're going to wear. It's a time for bright, happy, modern clothes that reflect their personalities, so let kids get involved by stocking up on fun, durable pieces that allow them to run, play, and be a kid. Carter's now offers up to size 14 and has a bigger selection than ever for boys and girls — from cute graphic tees to swimwear and sleepwear, and even playground-proof footwear and accessories.
Everything Is a First
As adults, satisfying our thirst for adventure can mean far-flung destinations, unusual workout classes, or trying something wildly different at the hair salon. But for kids, navigating the world around them is a daily revelation, filled with milestones and moments that parents remember forever. Whether it's the first time they manage to swim from one side of the pool to the other, start or finish a school year, try a new food, or make a new friend, these firsts are what make childhood so magical — both for kids and for those who are lucky enough to witness it.