WORTH READING: “If I Had My Child to Raise All Over Again” by Diane Loomans

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’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.

— Diane Loomans

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  4. No truer words than these, my wife of 42 years and I have been blessed with permanent guardianship of two grandsons who are brothers, now age 12 and 9 months. Parents have an awesome responsibility for forming the character of their children, which is a blessing not to be squandered but rather embraced. This gift of being “parents” again brings us closer to our surviving children and grandkids than others might perceive. Having raised four children has some advantages of wisdom, but for those who are younger and have yet to go through the challenge of adolescence, I strongly concur with Loomans’ advice. Loving our kids and being present for and with them does more for shaping their character than anything money can buy.

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