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Parenting Poems: Reflections on What It Means to Raise a Child

Below is our collection of parenting poems that will inspire you to become the best parent you can be and reflect deeply on the importance of your relationship with your child. Let these poems speak to you—make you laugh out loud or bring tears to your eyes. Let them give you the courage to gather your child in your arms and make things right when you have overreacted. Let these parenting poems inspire you to create a caring relationship with your child.

If you reflect on your role as a parent, you'll realize how much it has given you, how much it has widened your perspective. There is nothing more beautiful than the parent-child relationship. There is no greater satisfaction than knowing that you are doing all you can to give your child the best possible start in life.

Parenting Poems

First Day Of School

~Author Unknown~

She started school this morning,
And she seemed so very small.
As I walked there beside her
In the Kindergarten hall.

And as she took her place beside
the others in the class,
I realized how all too soon
Those first few years can pass.

Remembering, I saw her as
She first learned how to walk.
The words that we alone made out
When she began to talk.

This little girl so much absorbed
In learning how to write.
It seems as though she must have grown
To girlhood overnight.

My eyes were blurred by hastily
I brushed the tears away
Lest by some word or sign of mine
I mar her first big day.

Oh how I longed to stay with her
And keep her by the hand
To lead her through the places
That she couldn't understand.

And something closely kin to fear
Was mingled with my pride.
I knew she would no longer be
A baby by my side.

But she must have her chance to live,
To work her problems out,
The privilege to grow and learn
What life is all about.

And I must share my little girl
With friends and work and play;
She's not a baby anymore --
She's in Kindergarten today.

Give yourself or someone you love a wonderful keepsake: a locket with a photo engraved in gold so that it is completely waterproof and will never fade:

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As I Grow

~Author Unknown~

Please understand I am growing up and changing very fast.
It must be difficult to keep pace with me, but please try.

Please reward me for telling the truth.
Then I am not frightened into lying.

Please tell me when you make mistakes and what you learned from them.
Then I can accept that I am okay, even when I blunder.

Please pay attention to me and spend time with me.
Then I can believe that I am important and worthwhile.

Please help me explore my unique interests, talents and potential.
In order for me to be happy, I need to be me.

Please do the things you want me to do.
Then I have a good, positive model.

Please tell me by your words and actions that you love me.
Then I will feel loveable and will be able to love myself and others.

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Which Parent Will I Be?

~Author Unknown~

"I got two A's," the small boy cried.
His voice was filled with glee.
His father very bluntly asked,
"Why didn't you get three?"

"Mom, I've got the dishes done,"
The girl called from the door.
Her mother very calmly said,
"Did you sweep the floor?"

"I've mowed the grass," the tall boy said,
"And put the mower away."
His father asked him, with a shrug,
"Did you clean off the clay?"

The children in the house next door
seem happy and content.
The same thing happened over there,
And this is how it went:

"I got two A's,"
the small boy cried,
His voice was filled with glee.
His father very proudly said,
"That's great, I'm glad you belong to me."

"Mom, I've got the dishes done,"
The girl called from the door.
Her mother smiled and softly said,
"Each day I love you more."

"I've mowed the grass," the tall boy said,
"And put the mower away."
His father answered with much joy,
"You've made my day happy."

Children deserve a little praise
For tasks they're asked to do.
If they're to lead a happy life,
So much depends on you.

Deepen and Sweeten Your Relationship with Your Child

In Keepers of the Children author Laura Ramirezshows parents how to:
  • Raise children to unfold the uniqueness in their hearts
  • Teach children the true meaning of discipline so they can make life-affirming choices on their own
  • Help children see into others' character so they can recognize those who bring out the best in them versus those who intend them harm
  • Raise children into mature adults who know their strengths and use them to create a life of meaning and fulfillment
  • How parenting is a path of personal growth for child and parent

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    Parenting Poems

    Just Playing

    by Anita Wadley (printed with permission)

    When I'm building in the block room,
    Please don't say I'm "Just playing."
    For, you see, I'm learning as I play,
    About balance, I may be an architect someday.

    When I'm getting all dressed up,
    Setting the table, caring for the babies,
    Don't get the idea I'm "Just Playing."
    I may be a mother or a father someday.

    When you see me up to my elbows in paint,
    Or standing at an easel, or molding and shaping clay,
    Please don't let me hear you say, "He is Just Playing."
    For, you see, I'm learning as I play.
    I just might be a teacher someday.

    When you see me engrossed in a puzzle
    Or some "playing" at my school,
    Please don't feel the time is wasted in "play."
    For you see, I'm learning as I play.
    I'm learning to solve problems and concentrate.
    I may be in business someday.

    When you see me cooking or tasting foods,
    Please don't think that because I enjoy it, it is "Just Play."
    I'm learning to follow directions and see the differences.
    I may be a cook someday.

    When you see me learning to skip, hop, run, and move my body,
    Please don't say I'm "Just Playing."
    For, you see, I'm learning as I play.
    I'm learning how my body works.
    I may be a doctor, nurse, or athlete someday.

    When you ask me what I've done at school today,
    And I say, "I just played."
    Please don't misunderstand me.
    For, you see, I'm learning as I play.
    I'm learning to enjoy and be successful in my work.
    I'm preparing for tomorrow.
    Today, I am a child and my work is play.

    Parenting Poems

    by Diane Loomans

    If I Had My Child to Raise Over Again

    If I had my child to raise all over again,
    I'd finger-paint more, and point the fingers less.
    I would do less correcting and more connecting.
    I'd take my eyes off my watch, and watch with my eyes.
    I would care to know less and know to care more.
    I'd take more hikes and fly more kites.
    I'd stop playing serious, and seriously play.
    I would run through more fields and gaze at more stars.

    I'd do more hugging and less tugging.
    I'd build self-esteem first, and the house later.
    I would be firm less often, and affirm much more.
    I'd teach less about the love of power, And more about the power of love.

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    A Parent's Prayer

    ~Author Unknown~

    Now I lay me down to sleep,
    I pray my sanity to keep.
    For if some peace I do not find,
    I'm pretty sure I'll lose my mind.

    I pray I find a little quiet,
    Far from the daily family riot.
    May I lie back and not have to think
    About what they're stuffing down the sink,

    Or who they're with, or where they're at
    And what they're doing to the cat.
    I pray for time all to myself
    (did something just fall off a shelf?)

    To cuddle in my nice, soft bed
    (Oh no, another goldfish--dead!)
    Some silent moments for goodness sake
    (Did I just hear a window break?)

    And that I need not cook or clean
    (well heck, I've got the right to dream)
    Yes now I lay me down to sleep,
    I pray my wits about me keep,
    But as I look around I know,
    I must have lost them long ago!

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    From God with Love

    ~Author Unknown~

    Children are a blessing sent from God above
    For us to care and nurture and most of all to love.
    God calls us to be parents and gives us all the tools
    And when we feel like giving up, our strength He will renew.
    Children are a gift from God that He so freely lends
    To make it through the childhood years, on Him we must depend.
    He must have a presence, you see it must take three
    The parents, child and Christ at the center to be a family.
    From childhood days to a child full grown
    Their joys and hurts are a parent's own.
    Times of joy and laughter and those times of tears
    The times spent raising a child are surely the best of years.
    There comes that time in life when a child will leave the nest
    We must send them off with love and a prayer and leave to God the rest.
    We've have shared the Word of God, we've taught them right from wrong.
    Now it's time to let them go and let them write their song.
    The faith instilled, the examples lived, and the lessons taught
    All gifts that we've given our child, which will never be forgotten.
    There are many paths a child can take, right or wrong will remain unknown
    But rest assured that in the end, they all lead back to home.

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    ~Author Unknown~

    I do not know how long I'll live
    But while I live, Lord, let me give
    Some comfort to someone in need
    By smile or nod, kind word or deed.

    And let me do what 'ere I can
    To ease things for my fellow man.
    I want naught but to do my part
    to lift a tired or weary heart.

    To change folks' frowns to smiles again.
    Then will I not have lived in vain.
    And I'll not care how long I'll live
    If I can give... and give... and give.

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    A Prayer for Parents

    ~Author Unknown~

    Help me to be a better parent.

    Forbid that I should ever punish my children for my selfish satisfaction.May I grant them all their wishes that are reasonable and have the courage always to withhold a privilege which I know will do them harm. Make me so fairand just, so considerate and companionable to my children that they will have a genuine esteem for me. Fit me to be loved and imitated by my children.

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    Memo from Your Child: Parenting Poems

    ~Author Unknown~

    1. Don't spoil me. I know quit well that I ought not have all that I ask for, I'm only testing you.

    2. Don't be afraid to be firm with me, I prefer it. It makes me feel more secure.

    3. Don't let me form bad habits, I have to rely on you to detect them in the early stages.

    4. Don't make me feel smaller than I am, It only makes me behave stupidly big.

    5. Don't correct me in front of people if you can help it.

    6. Don't make me feel that my mistakes are sins, it upsets my set of values.

    7. Don't be upset when I say "I hate you", it's not you I hate, but your power to hinder.

    8. Don't protect me from consequences, I need to learn the painful way sometimes.

    9. Don't nag, if you do I will need to protect myself by appearing deaf.

    10. Don't make rash promises, remember I feel badly let down when promises are broken.

    11. Don't tax my honesty too much, I am easily frightened into telling lies.

    12. Don't be inconsistent, that completely confuses me and makes me lose faith in you.

    13. Don't tell me my fears are silly, they are terribly real to me and you can do much to reassure me if you try to understand.

    14. Don't ever suggest that you are perfect or infallible. It gives me to great a shock when I discover that you are neither.

    15. Don't forget that I can't thrive without lots of love and understanding, but I don't need to tell you that, do I?

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    Daddy's Footsteps

    ~Author Unknown~

    “Walk a little slower, Daddy”,
    Said a little child so small.
    “I’m following in your footsteps,
    And I don’t want to fall.

    Sometimes your steps are very fast,
    Sometimes they’re hard to see;
    So walk a little slower, Daddy,
    For you are leading me.

    Someday when I’m all grown up,
    You’re what I want to be;
    Then I will have a little child
    Who’ll want to follow me.
    And I would want to lead just right,

    And know that I was true;
    So, walk a little slower, Daddy,
    For I must follow you.”

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    I Believe

    by Jane Daugherty

    I believe in children's laughter, the sweet perfume of a newborn baby's skin and that every child is entitled to happiness, decent housing, health care, proper nutrition and good education.

    I believe that out schools should be places of discovery and growth, not of danger, that teachers should be paid more than lawyers and that parenting should be a required course in every high school.

    I believe that "quality time" is a phony notion that cannot substitute for substantial time spent with our children.

    I believe that baseball and other children's games can be magical and should be wrestled from screaming, competitive coaches and returned to play.

    I believe that childhood should be a time of sand castles and celebration and that the defense of innocence is as important as the defense of our borders.

    And I believe that our most urgent mission should be putting the needs of our children first.

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    Note: If anyone knows the name of the authors who have written the parenting poems above that are listed as "Author Unknown," please contact me, so I can give proper credit to the author. This is how I found out that Anita Wadley is the author of "Just Playing." Anita herself wrote me to tell me she had written the poem back in 1974 and is now planning to publish a picture book set to the words in the poem.

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