8.13.2010

Raising Children


IF I HAD MY CHILD TO RAISE OVER AGAIN

If I had my child to raise 
over again,
I'd finger paint more 
and point the finger less.
I'd do less correcting and 
more connecting.
I'd take my eye 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'd run through more fields 
and gaze at more stars.
I'd do more hugging and 
less tugging.
I would be firm less often,
and affirm much more.
I'd build self-esteem first, 
and the house later.
I'd teach less about the love 
of power,
and more about the power 
of love.

--Diane Loomans

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