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Raise Them Up

I was cruising around the internet today, reading some wonderful poems and I stumbled across something that I had not read before.  I thought it was pretty amazing, as it caused me to feel several emotions as I was reading.  It was written by author Diane Loomans.

It’s about raising a child, but also about living a meaningful life.

A few months ago, I wrote a six-part series on teaching kids the power of positive.  If you didn’t get a chance to read those, and would like to, please check them out and feel free to leave your comments.  You can start with Part One right here.

I’m extremely passionate about my own kids, and I think it’s one of life’s great and awesome responsibilities that we all have to raise our children.   I believe we should do it in such a way that we give them the greatest opportunity to be successful and truly happy in their own lives.  And in a way that makes us the best possible parents or guardians that we can possibly be.

If you have kids of your own or you’re in a position to be influential in the lives of  children, remember that it’s never too late to start doing the kinds of things that will have the greatest impact on their lives.  In the process you will learn some great lessons about yourself and you can sure find some peace and fulfillment in your own life.

This poem is great.  I wanted to share it with you.  Enjoy…

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 teach less about the love of power

and more about the power of love.

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2 Responses to “Raise Them Up”

  1. avatar Rebecca Shippey says:

    This is so powerful.
    Thanks for everything.

  2. I really like this post about raising up kids. Raising my kids was my finest hour. It worked out so well, people still come up and ask me how I did it. (They’re now 41 and 38). When I mention things like laying down your life for about 20 years, they usually walk away with an odd look in their eye. One of the “rules” in our house was that we ALWAYS said YES to anything unless there was a compelling reason to say NO. So when we did say NO, they trusted us. I’m happy to say, I wouldn’t want to re-do much in the kid-raising department. Now, other areas…the list might be long! 🙂

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