can complain because
bushes have thorns
I can rejoice because
bushes have roses.
I had my Child to Raise Over Again,
finger paint more, and point the finger less.
do less correcting, and more connecting.
take my eyes off my watch, and watch with my eyes
would care to know less, and know to care more.
take more hikes and fly more kites.
stop playing serious, and seriously play.
run through more fields, and gaze at more stars.
do more hugging and less tugging.
would be firm less often, and affirm much more.
build self-esteem first, and the house later.
teach less about the love of power,
more about the power of love.
House Is . . .
Enough To Be Healthy
Enough To Be Happy
Mothers don't eat quiche; they don't have time to make it.
Mothers know that their kitchen utensils are probably in the sandbox.
Mothers often have sticky floors, filthy ovens and happy kids.
Mothers know that dried play dough doesn't come out of shag carpet.
Mothers don't want to know what the vacuum just sucked up.
Mothers sometimes ask "why me?' and get their answer when a little
voice says, "because I love you best."
Mothers know that a child's growth is not measured b height or years or
grade...It is marked by the progression of Mama to Mommy to Mom . . .
Images of Mother . . . (As read in Ann Landers column)
years of Age: My Mommy can do anything!
Years of Age: My Mom knows a lot! A whole lot!
Years of Age: My Mother doesn't really know quite everything.
Years of Age: Naturally, Mother doesn't know that, either.
Years of Age: Mother? She's hopelessly old-fashioned.
Years of Age: That old woman? She's way out of date.
Years of Age: Well, she might know a little bit about it.
Years of Age: Before we decide, let's get Mom's opinion.
Years of Age: Wonder what Mom would have thought about it?
Years of Age: Wish I could talk it over with Mom . . .