If I Had My Child to Raise Over Again…

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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 model less about the love of power,
And more about the power of love.
……………………Diane Loomans

4 Comments

  1. Avatar eRIN said:

    She’s so cute. I bet she had a lot of fun! Keep enjoying life, little one. We love you!

    September 21, 2004
  2. Avatar La said:

    Delaney sure knows how to finger paint and bring extreme joy to others lives. Kiss your mommy & daddy for me.

    September 21, 2004
  3. Avatar La said:

    We didn’t take a bath- we went in the swimming pool- maybe next summer we need to have a paint party at your house and we all can get painted up- it was really fun. Kelsie will be a good age!

    September 21, 2004
  4. Avatar Aunt Susie said:

    Laney, you missed a few spots! Man, Kam and Kels would have loved to have gotten all painted up with you that day! Wish I could’ve seen the water after that bath- YUCK!

    September 21, 2004

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