On Children

Your Children are not your Children
They are the sons and the daughters
of life’s longing for itself

They come through you, but they are not of you
and though they are with you, they belong not to you

You can give them your love, but not your thoughts;
they have their own thoughts

You can house their bodies, but not their souls.
For their souls dwell in a place of tomorrow,
which you cannot visit; not even in your dreams.

You can strive to be like them,
but you cannot make them just like you

–by Khalil Gibran – as sung by Sweet Honey in the Rock

What was Khalil Gibran, the brilliant poet, teacher, and philosopher trying to teach us about parenting children in this beautiful poem?

How can we use Emotional Intelligence, Non-Violent Communication, Sound Conflict Resolution methods, and Effective communication to improve how we relate to children from birth thorugh adulthood so that our relating to children is both age-appropriate and optimally healthy?

Send in your stories of healthy and unhealthy parenting – at any age – so they can be learned from.


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