Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Family Man

Freedom From Fear - Normal Rockwell

1. Children are not pets.
2. The life they actually live and the life you perceive them to be living is not the same life.
3. Don't take what your children do too personally.
4. Don't keep score cards on them - a short memory is useful.
5. Dirt and mess are a breeding ground for well-being.
6. Stay out of their rooms after puberty.
7. Don't worry that they never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you.
8. Learn from them; they have much to teach you.
9. Love them long; let them go early.

You will never really know what kind of parent you were or if you did it right or wrong.
And you will worry about this and them as long as you live.
But when your children have children and you watch them do what they do, you will have part of an answer.

~Robert Fulghum~



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  1. Now I'm all weepy as I type this. The simple words all say so much.

  2. Very good rules to live by, especially #3 and #7!

    It is so true that we will always wonder how we were (are) as parents. Guess I'll have to wait until my kids have children to find out!

  3. Awww..this brought tears to my eyes. So true...

  4. What great words of wisdom! I do believe that you and Robert have the exact same views on laundry as well! ... Dee Dee

  5. So . . . I failed on 5 out of 9. Not a very good percentage! Can I have a do-over?

  6. Oh I have been thinking on many of these same things recently. Thank you (and Robert Fulgrum) for clarifying my thoughts.

  7. Christine, thank you for this post. The Robert Fulgrum quote melted my heart. Thanks again!

  8. So much truth and wisdom is included in this piece. I look back over my years of parenting and realize at times I took myself and this role too seriously. The best part is that God can use our failures and successes in our role as parents. Great post!


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