Lessons Learned Through Children

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Each chapter of this book is about a child with whom MaryAnn Aikins has worked and the lesson (s)he has taught her. Some are professional lessons, from her 25-plus teaching career, while others are invaluable life lessons. This author generates genuine emotion from the reader as the children come to life in the pages of the book. The chapters are short, but the lessons will stay with you long after the last page is turned.

Children have a lot to learn while growing up, but only people ready to learn from them realize how much they have to teach about life. In her new book, "They'll Teach You a Lesson," MaryAnn Aikins shares the lessons she has learned from children throughout her career.

Each chapter in the book is dedicated to a lesson Aikins learned and the child who taught her the lesson. They first chapter reveals how her godson and his sister approached daily occurrences and ordinary items with immense awe and wonder. She remebers how one day on the telephone, her godson exclaimed he had a knock-knock joke. When she asked the common "Who's there?" he met her question with a touching answer, "It's Noah, and I love you." Ordinary events such as doing the dishes, seeing weeds in the lawn and playing with rubber bands become exciting adventures when children are involved.

Some children Aikins encountered lived with less than ideal conditions including abusive parents, unfortunate diseases, developmental disabilities or extreme poverty. One child, Craig, taught Aikins that it isn't money that buys happiness, and that even the most poor can be happy if they are loved. Craig's family lived in an unsanitary home with holes in the roof and floor. His parents brought up four children in their crowded trailer, but the children seemed to be richer than all the others. Amid squalor, the children were taught that they were loved unconditionally, providing them with pride and identity.

"They'll Teach You a Lesson" is a heartwarming book that profits individual children with something special to teach adults who are ready to learn.

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