This weekend over on Steady Mom, Kat of Inspired to Action shared the poem, "If I Had My Child to Raise Over Again" by Diane Loomans. I had read this poem before but was so happy to see it once again. This time I printed it out and put one copy in my journal and gave S a copy to keep as well. This poem is a wonderful reminder that childhood goes by WAY TOO FAST and it is important for us to not lose sight of our priorities and make sure that we make every moment count. My buddy Connie use to always refer to this quote, "The Days are Long but the Years are Short". I don't know who said it (maybe Connie will tell us in the comments) but it has always stayed with me and I try to remember it on those days when I am ready to scratch my eyeballs out ;)
Here is the poem. I hope you will read it, reflect upon it and then go and find a child in your life and get down and PLAY :)
"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.
Welcome to Raising Z and Lil' C, a little blog all about raising my 6 year old son and my three year old baby girl. I am a former teacher and now a SAHM. I love to write about our journey towards a more simple life, our daily struggles, share cute stories and love to share good ideas when I find them. I hope you will join me on the ups and downs of this journey called motherhood.