•  If I Had My Child To Raise Over Again   


    If I had my child to raise all ove

    r 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