Monday, December 05, 2005

How To Really Love A Child

I don't know where I found this, but I like it and I just found it in my files. I wish I could give credit to whoever wrote it. Enjoy!

How To Really Love A Child

Be there. Say yes as often as possible. Let them bang on pots and pans. If they’re crabby, put them in water. If they’re unlovable, love yourself. Realize how important it is to be a child. Go to a movie theater in your pajamas. Read books out loud with joy. Invent pleasures together. Remember how really small they are. Giggle a lot. Surprise them. Say no when necessary. Teach feelings. Heal your own inner child. Learn about parenting. Hug trees together. Make loving safe. Bake a cake and eat it with no hands. Go find elephants and kiss them. Plan to build a rocketship. Imagine yourself magic. Make lots of forts with blankets. Let your angel fly. Reveal your own dreams. Search out the positive. Keep the gleam in your eye. Mail letters to God. Encourage silly. Plant licorice in your garden. Open up. Stop yelling. Express your love. A lot.
Speak kindly. Paint their tennis shoes. Handle with caring. Children are miraculous.

9 comments:

Amanda said...

Lovely Bettsi!

lyn said...

How lovely, I would do well to stick this on my wall !

Amy said...

I've seen this before too and it should be taped to every fridge and monitor across the land. Thanks for this reminder!

Donna said...

That is beautiful :) Thank you for posting it!

Anonymous said...

That's lovely, Bettsi, thank you! "Speak kindly": so simple and true! Josephine

Anonymous said...

I wish everyone thinks like that! That is such a lovely sweet thought. - sami

Jackie said...

This is from Sark. I can't remember which book, maybe the Creative Companion? I love that piece, I too keep it on my fridge. I often use the 'put them in water' works like a charm!

my house is cuter than yours said...

This is so nice.

Amy said...

Hello...

I ran across your blog in search of "How to Really Love a Child." Its such a beautiful piece. SARK's art/poetry and this poster: http://www.planetsark.com/eshop_products_posters_feat_02.htm

Hurray!