Thursday, March 17, 2011

The Power of Being Present in Parenting

By Heather Remer, MA LMHC

Especially when times are tough, it is so easy to get caught up in the day to day and miss those beautiful moments when we can truly connect with our children. Yet in the hear and now are the sweet spots of life. The now is really the stuff our lives are made of. What better lesson to teach our children, then to appreciate the present moment? With that in mind, may these beautiful words by Diane Loomans bring us into the hear and now, and remind us of what's important.

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 plan.
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

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