If I Had To Do It Again…

“If had my child to raise all over again,

I’d build self-esteem first, and the house later;

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 would run through more fields and gaze at more stars.

I’d do more hugging and less tugging.”

– Diane Loomans

Comments 2

  1. If I had the chance to raise my children again, I would do all you mention except less correcting. A proper and loving connection with our children is important, but correction of their actions is vital. If done properly, the correction of a child comes from our intrinsic knowledge of right and wrong. It is so important that we impart such a positive guiding force to our children.

    I appreciate all your efforts to impart the need for all of us to live “a life that matters.”

  2. As a school counselor, I so appreciate this message. It helps to inspire me to catch and acknowledge the parents who have this connection with their kids. And, to encourage them to keep on this path because it does and will matter in the lives of their children.

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