If I Had My Child to Raise Over Again
By Diane Loomans
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 finger point 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