For parents: lovely thoughts

If I Had My Child to Raise Over Again

 

by Diane Loomans

If I had my child to raise all over again,
I’d build self esteem first, and the house later.


I’d fingerpaint more, and point the finger less.
I would do less correcting and more connecting.


I’d take my eyes off my watch, and watch with my eyes.
I would care to know less and know to care more.


I’d take more hikes and fly more kites.


I’d stop playing serious, and seriously play.

I would run through more fields and gaze at more stars.
I’d do more hugging and less tugging.
I’d see the oak tree in the acorn more often.

I would be firm less often, and affirm much more.

I’d model less about the love of power,
And more about the power of love.

 

Source: Cited in “Dare to Dream: A Celebration of Canadian Women”, by Michelle Valberg (2000).

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Posted on September 20, 2011, in parents!. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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