“If I had my child to raise 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.”
~ Diane Loomans
I love this quote! I think it is such a great reminder for those of us that still have young children at home to take time and cherish the moments we have with our kids. Our lives can be so busy, we sometimes forget how important it is to focus on the simple joys of life.
I encourage all parents to try to spend more time creating, exploring and engaging with your children. Then, when your children are grown, you can look back and be happy with what you did – and not wish you had done something different.
Hug your kids today, and let’s all focus on spending more time with them!