The Essentials According to Kid President

“You’re made from love, to be love, to spread love. Love is always louder, no matter what. Even if hate has a bullhorn, love is louder.” – Kid President

I first heard about Kid President through Soulpancake, the website founded by Rainn Wilson as a launchpad to “chew on life’s big questions”. He’s an 11-year-old, cute, ham of a kid (Robby Novak from Henderson, Tennessee) with an amusing on-camera presence who delivers some pretty poignant lines with panache. He just became an Uncle and this video was created to welcome his new nephew, Miles. It’s sweet. It’s truth.

And if you need it, here’s one more reason to trust that kids have plenty to teach adults – 12-year-old Adora Svitak’s TED talk. She asks adults to consider “childish thinking” in a new way. This is what a seed planted in rich soil and nurtured with exposure to opportunities and ideas many parents might consider “beyond her years”, and a respectful confidence by her parents that she is capable of great things looks like. Though her TED bio describes her as a child prodigy, her mother says, “Adora is not exceptional. If she is slightly exceptional, it is because she has the support and opportunities early in life. If we give children the opportunities and respect that Adora has been receiving we will be able to see so many more children like Adora.” Adora’s self-assured presence is a beautiful thing. http://www.ted.com/talks/adora_svitak.html

It makes me feel the absolute opposite of this:

About Chris DeVinney

Me in a nutshell: mom, writer, former lobbyist, wife, volunteer, lover of music and art, massive fan of traveling, and something of a smart ass. A typical INTJ, I quietly observe anyone and anything that comes into my orbit, squirreling away material for future essays. These days I spend my time writing about whatever interests me (both professionally and personally) and trying to strike the balance between taking care of kids/family/house/pets and me. Occasionally I nail it, hang on to it briefly, and then scramble back toward the center when the tipping starts again. I know, it’s a common story.
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