Poems for Parents


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 model less about the love of power,
And more about the power of Love.

~ by Diane Loomans

First Day of School

            She started school this morning,
            And she seemed so very small.
            As I walked there beside her
            In the Kindergarten hall.

            And as she took her place beside
            the others in the class,
            I realized how all too soon
            Those first few years can pass.

            Remembering, I saw her as
            She first learned how to walk.
            The words that we alone made out
            When she began to talk.

            This little girl so much absorbed
            In learning how to write.
            It seems as though she must have grown
            To girlhood overnight.

            My eyes were blurred by hastily
            I brushed the tears away
            Lest by some word or sign of mine
            I mar her first big day

            Oh how I longed to stay with her
            And keep her by the hand
            To lead her through the places
            That she couldn't understand.

            And something closely kin to fear
            Was mingled with my pride.
            I knew she would no longer be
            A baby by my side.

            But she must have her chance to live,
            To work her problems out,
            The privilege to grow and learn
            What life is all about.

            And I must share my little girl
            With friends and work and play;
            She's not a baby anymore --
            She's in Kindergarten today.

            ~author unknown

When You Thought I Wasn't Looking

When You Thought I Wasn't Looking,
I saw you hang my first painting on the refrigerator,
and I wanted to paint another one.
When You Thought I Wasn't Looking,
I saw you feed a stray cat,
and I thought it was good to be kind to animals.
When You Thought I Wasn't Looking,
I saw you make my favorite cake for me,
and I knew that little things are special things.
When You Thought I Wasn't Looking,
I heard you say a prayer,
and I believed there is a God I could always talk to.
When You Thought I Wasn't Looking,
I felt you kiss me goodnight,
and I felt loved.
When You Thought I Wasn't Looking,
I saw tears come from your eyes,
and I learned that sometimes things hurt,
but it's all right to cry.
When You Thought I Wasn't Looking,
I saw that you cared and I wanted to be
everything that I could be.

~author unknown

Tell-tale Symptoms That You've Been Cooped up with Kids for Too Long

1. You ask your spouse what he/she wants on his/her "sammie", your child's name for a sandwich. You then ask if he/she wants squares or triangles. Or worse, automatically cut them into four child size portions and remove the crust.

2. You begin to treat inanimate objects as human--talking to shoes that won't tie, conversing with teddy bears about soap operas.

3. You serve dinner to guests on Banana in Pajama plates and hand them spoons to eat with.

4. If your spouse pauses while eating, you automatically say, "eat your dinner".

5. When you spouse mispronounces a word or uses incorrect grammar, you correct him/her.

6. When the phone rings, you stare at it gratefully; hoping any adult voice is on the line.

7. You automatically say, "cover your mouth" when you hear someone cough or sneeze - even at Walmart.

8. You find yourself singing along with songs from "Sesame Street".

9. You revert back to calling your parents Mommy and Daddy.

10. When at a party for adults, you come back from the bathroom and everyone is either staring at you or avoiding your eyes. Then you realize you had announced to the whole room where you were going and what you were going to do.

by Phyllis Edge-Williams

I Loved You Enough.....

Someday when my children are old enough to understand the logic that motivates a parent, I will tell them:

I loved you enough... to ask where you were going, with whom, and what time you would be home.

I loved you enough... to insist that you save your money and buy a bike for yourself even though we could afford to buy one for you.

I loved you enough... to be silent and let you discover that your new best friend was a creep.

I loved you enough... to make you go pay for the bubble gum you had taken and tell the clerk, "I stole this yesterday and want to pay for it."

I loved you enough... to stand over you for two hours while you cleaned your room, a job that should have taken 15 minutes.

I loved you enough... to let you see anger, disappointment and tears in my eyes. Children must learn that their parents aren't perfect.

I loved you enough... to let you assume the responsibility for your actions even when the penalties were so harsh they almost broke my heart.

But most of all, I loved you enough... to say NO when I knew you would hate me for it.

Those were the most difficult battles of all. I'm glad I won them, because in the end you won, too.

And someday when your children are old enough to understand the logic that motivates parents, you will tell them.............

~author unknown

Here, In My Heart

I don't want to kiss you goodnight,
so I'll just keep holding you tight!
Because I know, you'll change and you'll grow...
You'll get bigger with each morning light.

I know that the sky is full of stars,
and dreams will call your name from afar...
I'm anxious to see all you're going to be,
but I'm sure gonna miss who you are!

But I'll keep you right here, in my heart,
and I'll memorize each little part.
One day you will grow, and I'll miss you so,
But I'll keep you right here, in my heart.

Each tooth that you'll gain or lose...
Each time you'll need bigger shoes...
Each step that you take, will be further away,
but to stop you is not what I choose.

These fingers that curl around my hand,
must do things that no other can.
I know your not mine, but Gods own design,
and I want you to follow His plan.

But I'll keep you right here, in my heart...
And I'll memorize each little part!
Because one day you'll grow, and I'll miss you so...
But I'll keep you right here, in my heart!

~author unknown

When You Thought I Wasn't Looking

A message every parent should read, because your children are watching & doing as you do, not as you say.

"When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw you hang my first painting on the refrigerator, and I immediately wanted to paint another one.

When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw you feed a stray cat and I learned that it was good to be kind to animals.

When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw you make my favorite cake for me and I learned that little things can be the special things in life.

When you thought I wasn't looking, I heard you say a prayer and I knew there is a God I could always talk to and I learned to trust in God.

When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw you make a meal and take it to a friend who was sick and I learned that we all have to help take care of each other.

When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw you give of your time and money to help people who had nothing and I learned that those who have something should give to those who don't.

When you thought I wasn't looking, I felt you kiss me good night and I felt loved and safe.

When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw you take care of our house and everyone in it and I learned we have to take care of what we are given.

When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw how you handled your responsibilities, even when you didn't feel good and I learned that I would have to be responsible when I grow up.

When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw tears come from your eyes and I learned that sometimes things hurt, but its all right to cry.

When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw that you cared and I wanted to be everything that I could be.

When you thought I wasn't looking, I learned most of life's lessons that I need to know to be good and productive person when I grow up.

When you thought I wasn't looking, I looked at you and wanted to say, "Thanks for all the things I saw when you thought I wasn't looking.'"

~author unknown



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