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"Make the Ordinary Come Alive" for your children

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By Dr. Sharif - Posted on 03 April 2011

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The following is a poem from a book on parenting called "The Parent's Tao Te Ching" by William Martin. I hope reading this poem will bring a spark of freshness and beauty to your relationships with all the little ones in your lives.


Dr. Sharif

Make the Ordinary Come Alive

Do not ask your children
to strive for extraordinary lives.
Such striving may seem admirable,
but is it a way of foolishness.
Help them instead to find the wonder
and the marvel of an ordinary life.
Show them the joy of tasting
tomatoes, apples and pears.
Show them how to cry
when pets and people die.
Show them the infinite pleasure
in the touch of a hand.
And make the ordinary come alive for them.
The extraordinary will take care of itself.

You will have to constantly contend
with the pressure for ever more,
and ever bigger,
that culture seeks to impose
on your children
and you.
It takes courage and discipline
to go slow,
live simply,
and see clearly.
But the rewards are great.
What ordinary thing can you do together today?