Your children are not your children: a poem

Happy New Year everyone! As a first post of the year 2013, I would like to share the following poem “On Children” by Kahlil Gibran with you. I have found it recently as an opener to the highly recommended parenting book “The Nurture Assumption” by Judith Harris. Keep the poem in mind when dreaming of your child’s future plans and choosing schools! What do you think?

“On Children”
by Kahlil Gibran

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 thought on “Your children are not your children: a poem”

  1. Very very moved to tears by this and it is so true, we need these reminders.. I am going to frame this and put it in my room as we so often forget, we are these small little lives guardians, but our children are not our children.

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