Friday, September 24, 2010

If I Had My Child to Raise Over Again

"Every child comes with the message that God is not yet discouraged of man." ~Rabindranath Tagore

I like this poem because it reminds me of what is truly important:

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'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.
~Diane Loomans

28 comments:

  1. Oh Mama Hen, I LOVE this poem. You remind us all that we need to savor each and every moment. I truly believe you savor each moment with your Little Chick too. Happy Friday and Happy Weekend! (Thank you again for all your prayers...we're still hopeful that my Aunty Sarah will make it through this.)

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  2. I think I'll be printing this one out. :)
    Big Fat Mama

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  3. Perfect poem to go with my mood at the moment! Thanks for posting this!

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  4. sooo happy I read that this morning...I'm make sure and do all of the above :) Especially hug on my sweet boys as soon as they wake up!

    Have a great weekend with Little Chick!

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  5. I love this poem. Kids really do grow up in the blink of an eye, and if you turn around for a second, you might miss something. Hope your weekend is great!

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  6. What a beautiful poem and so true. Thanks for the reminder to slow down and enjoy every moment!

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  7. So far, I wouldn't do anything over again so I think I am doing it right. Great poem.

    lisaDay

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  8. So true. Keep your eyes focused on God and how He would have you live. Life is short. Our time for influencing our children is even shorter.

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  9. I've always loved that poem! Thanks for sharing and hope you have a wonderful day! :)

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  10. I love that poem! Thanks for sharing it and reminding me to really soak up this time with KLV. Hope you are having a great day and enjoying autumn. (its going to be 108 here this weekend - yuck!)

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  11. LOVE this poem, thanks for the reminder : )
    Hope you have a lovely day!

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  12. Ohhhh...*sniff, sniff*...I'm dabbing away some tears!

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  13. It's so true! As you get older you realize that all the things you worried about would take care of themselves - the pressure over potty training, tying shoes, dressing themselves and onward. Just be. They grow up so fast.

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  14. Yes, it's so true, isn't it? It reminds me a lot of Erma Bombeck's "if I had to live life over." However, I think we should all remember that we can only do our best in any given moment and that may not always be what we want it to be and that's okay. If we love our kids we're doing pretty well! Have a great weekend.

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  15. Beautiful poem love it!

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  16. Oh, my God! This is BEAUTIFUL! Straight to the heart on EVERY line!! Enough said, I'm going to play now...

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  17. What a wonderful poem! It spoke so true of everything! I am going to print this out!

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  18. What a great poem and reminder. I think all of us are guilty of going through the motions w/out really truly being there (sometimes) and I do look at my watch as well. I love this and thanks for sharing!!

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  19. What a fantastic poem, Mama! Thank you so much for sharing it with all of us so that we can be reminded of what is really important in this life. I'm back from vacation and this post is exactly what I needed to stop the laundry (which will eventually get done) and go play with my girls. Hope you are doing well! Thinking of you!

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  20. I live the poem. Sounds like a smart person.

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  21. What a sweet poem! Enjoy that darling girl of yours! I smile each time you post a picture! Hope you are "Soaking Up" your weekend and all it has to offer!

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  22. I love this poem! Thanks for sharing it. What great reminders!

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  23. Oh yes, love this MH. Wonderful reminders. Hope you're feeling better!!
    xoxo

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  24. I love this poem too...and what a great reminder that it's not too late to do exactly that!

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