Growing a garden
In difficult times
children may thrive on conflict.
If you take the bait
the battle rages.
Instead step back,
and stay at your center.
Battles require two parties.
One fighting alone soon...
There are so many paradoxes in parenting
that it is difficult to find balance.
Some don’t even try.
They just plunge ahead
ignoring the subtle whispers of wisdom.
Others try half-heartedly,
but resort to old methods
when they get confused.
But some hear wisdom’s quiet voice
And make it their own.
Parenting paradoxes abound.
Don’t let appearances deceive you.
Things may not be at all as they seem.
If you always compare your children’s abilities
to those of great athletes, entertainers, and
they will lose their own power.
If you urge them to acquire and achieve,
they will learn to cheat and steal
to meet your expectations.
Encourage you children’s deepest joys,
not their superficial desires.
Praise their patience,
not their ambition.
Do not value the distractions and diversions