Children Are The Worlds Most Valuable Resource
And Its Best Hope For The Future
John F. Kennedy
This photograph (taken in 1984) is of my three children who (now along with my grandchildren) are by far the most 'valuable things' in my life, as I am sure most other people think of their own children.
Time goes by so fast, especially now in 2012, that it's important to make sure that we make time to 'Be' with our younger children, investing our time and energy in giving them our undivided attention, to let them know that they are loved and cherished above all other things going on in our lives.
If I could go back in time, knowing what I know now, I would have spent more time focusing on my children - cuddling, talking, reading, playing, walking in nature - simple things that I could have done more of, had I not been more involved with getting on with everything else, that at the time seemed to be more important. I would like to add that I don't regret how I was as a mother of young children, because I know that we all do our best at the time, with where we 'are.'
There is a wonderful poem by Diane Loomans:
If I had my child to raise all over again,
I'd finger paint more and point the finger less.
I'd 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'd run through more fields and gaze at more stars.
I'd do more hugging and less tugging.
I would be firm less often and affirm much more.
I'd build self-esteem first and the house later.
I'd teach less about the love of power
and more about the power of love.
Children are the worlds most valuable resource of life experience.