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Sometimes Kids Give the Best Life Advice

Have you seen the Trolls movie? Zhen loves Trolls the movie and the television show. She has a Trolls shirt, slippers, and toys. She even has a Trolls magazine with posters in it that she can put up on the wall (if I let her).

One of her favorite Trolls‘ song is “Get Back Up Again” (sung by Poppy, voiced by actress Anna Kendrick). Zhen has a Trolls‘ sing-along microphone which plays the “Get Back Up Again” song. She presses the button over and over and the song stays on repeat. It drives Travis and me crazy sometimes, but Zhen loves singing the song.

A funny thing happened to me the other day. I found myself humming a tune to the song “Get Back Up Again”. I was having a hard day because a few circumstances popped up and it put me in a bad mood. I started thinking to myself, “Man, it feels like it’s always something,” and then the next thing I knew, I was humming the lyrics to “Get Back Up Again”.

Hey! I’m not giving up today.

There’s nothing getting in my way

And if you knock knock me over

I will get back up again

If something goes a little wrong

Well you can go ahead and bring it on

‘Cause if you knock knock me over, I will get back up again


“Hey! I’m not giving up today. There’s nothing getting in my way.” (Photo location: Eastern Market, Detroit)


I’m sure it sounds kind of silly. Trust me, I was surprised at myself for even considering the Trolls‘ song during a stressful time. Usually, I find the song annoying (LOL!), but not this time.

As I hummed “Get Back Up Again”, I stopped and realized I was subconsciously giving myself a pep talk to remain positive and work through my hard times. Once I realized this, I didn’t feel annoyed about having the Trolls’ song stuck in my head. I actually felt encouraged to not give up and try again.


“And if you knock, knock me over…”

Just as the lyrics say, “I’m not giving up today. There’s nothing getting in my way. And if you knock knock me over, I will get back up again.” Things happen. Life gets hard. You make mistakes. Things don’t go according to plan. An unfortunate circumstance may knock you down, but you can get back up again. You can get through it and start over. Isn’t that part of life? Learning from your mistakes and overcoming obstacles in your life?

This is what I was thinking as I hummed “Get Back Up Again”. Life is tough right now. I wish I could change it, but for whatever reason, this is the season we are currently facing. At times, I feel like we have more hurdles to climb than we normally would, but I know we can’t give up. I can’t give up. I have to get back up again and keep moving forward.


kids give great life advice
Sometimes kids give the best life advice! (Photo: Zhen making a heart at Belle Isle Conservatory in Detroit, MI.)


Earlier today, I was having a conversation with Zhen about sadness. She had danced over to me and gave me a “ballerina hug” (her words) as she stood in an arabesque pose. I asked her, “What should someone do if they’re feeling sad?” Zhen smiled and exclaimed, “Tell their mom!”

“Well, what if their mom isn’t there? What should they do?” I asked.

Still smiling, Zhen replied, “Well, then call their mom!” I laughed and said, “So basically, a person should call their mom if they’re feeling sad.”

She also offered these other suggestions: Have fun, play ABC Mouse, and have a treat! (Side note: she loves ABC Mouse. Shameless affiliate link plug: you can get your First Month Free if you’d like to give it a try.)

What’s my point? Sometimes we adults feel so overwhelmed with our life responsibilities and other life issues that it feels almost unbearable and as if we can’t get through the hard times. I know because I have moments when I feel this way with our current life situation.

I think, though, the answer to getting through the hard times can be as simple as singing an encouraging song, talking to a loved one or trusted friend, playing a fun game, and enjoying a delicious treat. It doesn’t make the problems go away, but it can bring you comfort and encourage you to not give up. Also, sometimes kids give the best life advice. 🙂



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Hope you have a blessed weekend, and Happy Easter if you are celebrating this weekend!

Jennifer xoxo 


Feature image of Zhen and I when I was pregnant with Zephaniah. Location: The Belt in Downtown Detroit | Photographer: Jason Walker



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