If I had my child to raise over again


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


I’d finger paint more and point fingers 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.

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