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If I Had My Child To Raise Over Again

Been saving this since 1998 (the year my son was born). Thought it was beautiful and wanted to share...

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 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.

shylamarais shylamarais 36-40, F Aug 20, 2012

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