|Your Children . . . .
are travellers in an unknown land and you are their guide,
Because, as Kahlil Gibran wrote . . .
"Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
and though they are with you,
yet they belong not to you.
You may give them your love,
but not your thoughts.
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
for their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow,
which you cannot visit,
not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them,
but seek not to make them like you.
For life goes not backward,
nor tarries with yesterday." 1
The moment a child is born,
the parent is also born.
S/he never existed before.
The person existed,
but the parent, never.
A mother/father is something absolutely new. 2
|If you bungle raising your children,
I don't think whatever else you do well
matters very much. 5
|You have a lifetime to work, but children are only young once.
From Dawn Cove Abbey
Roadside Assistance For Your Journey Through Life