Day of the Child

In honour of the 2009 Day of the Child (December 1 – just a few days late!)- a thought provoking poem.

If I had to raise my child all over again…

I’d finger paint more and point the finger less.

I’d 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 seriously and seriously play.

I’d run through more fields and gaze at more stars.

I’d do more hugging and less tugging.

I’d 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.

** From the book Full Steam Ahead, 100 Way to Build Self Esteem in Children and Adults by Diane Looma. **

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