If I Had My Child to Raise All Over Again

If I had my child to raise all 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.