Something to Ponder…

If I had my children 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.


  1. Erin said:

    This is great! It is probably one of the best things my dad always did with us… he always took the time to show us how to plant the garden and taught us what stars were in the sky. He did leaf projects with me where I not only had 20 leaves, I had 50 with their seed pods too and I learned the trees (I got a great grade on that project). He even showed us how to cook – which I used to hate at the time, but now I love it! And my mom always encouraged the art, which is now such a great part of my life! And I can include my Aunt La too – for loving my beauty rocks, even though they were just stones, and also encouraging us to draw and take pictures. And Kay always encouraged the dancing and the love for life while keeping that business mindset… And Nana and Poppy for always being there to make sure we were doing okay… I can go on all day! If I have never told everyone thanks (and I mean the whole family), I’ll do it now! THANK YOU for teaching all of us the things you did and making me the person I am. Thank you for being there and loving unconditionally. I love you all!

    Always take the time to teach and learn from your kids or just little people in general. I think that is the most exciting part – being able to open their eyes (and yours) to a whole new world! I can’t wait to be a mom (in a few years though…)!

    March 29, 2004
  2. La said:

    You must being doing something right because your daughter is precious. I know how hard it is to balance everything- sometimes we just have to say- enough- not worry about it and enjoy our kiddos. I always think of mom and wonder how she did 7- she was either a saint or crazy!

    March 28, 2004
  3. Kay, Bob, Delaney & The Buff said:

    Some of us don’t just ponder it we actually struggle over it. That’s been my weekend!!

    March 28, 2004

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