The Parenting Challenge
Parenting is a tremendous challenge. No job in the entire world is more important that the molding of young lives. Your greatest legacy will be the investment you have made in your family.
Mom and Dad, please make sure you are taking time to treasure your children.
The following appeared in a church bulletin many years ago. The author is unknown.
If I Had My Child to Raise Again
If I had my child to raise all over again,
I'd finger paint more,
And point the finger less.
I would do less correcting,
And more connecting.
I'd take my eye off the 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 build self-esteem first,
And the house later.
I would be firm less often,
And affirm much more.
I'd teach less about the love of power,
And more about the power of love.
Eric Buehrer said, "Your child has many hidden treasures that, once uncovered, polished and held up to the light of encouragement, will lead him to success."