Sunday, March 20, 2011

If I Had my Child To Raise Over Again

After reading my last post, one of my Aunts sent me this poem. I love it and am going to print it out and hang it somewhere that I can see it every day to remind myself to worry less about the house and more about having fun with my kids.

Thanks Auntie Leigh!

If I Had my Child To Raise Over Again

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

--Diana Loomans