Wednesday, March 21, 2012

How To Really Love a Child

I'm currently in the midst of trying to redo my "office" room into a bright, cheerful, friendly, colorful environment. I'm basing the decor on inspiration from a preschool, actually. I almost want it to look like a playroom. Anyways, I have come up with a wall design for framed prints, photos, etc and this poem by Sark just grabbed me as a perfect addition. I love it, and I think it's something we all need to remember. So I'd like the share the words:

How to REALLY LOVE a child - by SARK
Be there.
 Say YES as often as possible.
let them bang on pots and pans.  IF they're craBBy put them in water. If their 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.  Invent pleasures together.  Remember how 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 rocketship.  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 letters 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.