Friday, June 15, 2012

How To Really Love a Child

Here is another list of advice that I've had so long that I don't remember where I got it. And, like last week's similar post, there is no author included with my copy, so I can't give credit to anyone for this.

To me, this poetic list encourages us parents to slow down, to enjoy the moment, to connect and make eye contact, and to have kindness in our hearts for our children. I've taken the liberty to highlight a few of my favorite lines. I hope you enjoy it.

How to Really Love a Child

Be there.
Say yes as often as possible.
Let them bang on pots and pans.
If they are 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.
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 rocket ship.
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 a letter 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!

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