Preschool ended a couple weeks ago, and we received a final note from the teachers. It contained a poem by Terry Graham, which I thought encapsulated the simple things to remember when you are trying to raise a child well. The basics, if you will. It's a little silly, but sweet.
Watch and wait and listen,
As I learn and grow.
Know when to let me have my way,
And when to tell me "No!"
Help me when I need you,
But it's ok to let me cry.
I will never learn to do things,
If I never get to try!
Give me your time, not your treasures,
Read me a story or two.
And remember that being my parents
Is a most special job to do!
As we navigate through the changes and emotions of "almost four"...this is a good reality check on the important things in both your lives. Go hug your kids and read them a book.