Sark Parenting PosterParenting can seem hard, I know, I’ve raised two boys.  But as I look back over my time as a mom I find that the following is true….parenting is easy, find the joy, enjoy the moment, and live it.

The poster I had when the boys were little was about roots and wings…I’m having trouble with the wings part.  I don’t know that I’ll ever be ready to give up being a mom….you go 20 years or so putting two little creatures first and you do everything you can for them and then one day you’ve done such a great job that they don’t need you anymore.  They’re strong, capable adults who are kind and caring and real assets to the world.  But that just makes me love them more

So, here’s a poem I wish I’d had when they were little because it sums up how we raised them and it worked for us.

(((HUGS))) to all you parenting and remember, it doesn’t have to be so hard.  Focus on it and discard all the other stuff ….turn off the electronics and be mom and dad – the time you have in those roles  is so short.

Children are Miraculous!

How To: Really Love a Child (poem) 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 they’re 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 really 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 rocket ship.

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.

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.

Unfortunately, Sark’s poster is no longer available, but you can find the poem in their book: SARK’s New Creative Companion