inspiration for today

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inspiration for today

I needed this today!!

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.

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i love this poem.......i have it on my fridge surrounded by my carnival pics of the kids......(((((((((((((HUGS)))))))))))))) and tfs!!!!!!!!!!!

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I love this and that was totally me with Aidan when he was an only child, now with two I'm so busy that I needed this to remind me to just take time and enjoy these years, the dust and dirt can wait.

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Now I just feel guilty.

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Cute, Ruth.

Karina, dont feel guilty. I think (I hope!) its all about balance.

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I love this! I may have to steal it for my fridge too to remind myself

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I a with you Karina. I feel a little guilty right now too. Maybe I should hang that on my fridge to remind myself. I do love it though.

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Thank you for this. I too needed this - our kiddos are only this little once and it goes so fast. It's just hard not to get frustrated sometimes. *Sigh* this will pop in my head often.