Work in Progress

It’s not changing their nappies
Or wiping their noses
Or brushing their teeth

It’s not reading food labels
Or trying to eat wholemeal, grass-fed, organic
Or comparing prices

It’s not taking them to music lessons
Or to sports and playdates
Or to the museum and the zoo

It’s knowing when to be there
And when to step back
When to speak up
And when to shut up
To bite your tongue
Zip your lips
Sit on your hands
And watch them try
And fail, or not
And having to keep those teeth
Firmly clamped on that tongue
Lest you say the wrong thing

It’s finding the right balance
Between encouraging and enabling
Knowing when to give advice
And when to Just Listen
And Not Say a Word At All

It’s admitting you don’t know,
Can’t know the future
But that you’re their ally
In this thing called Life
You may miss
They may miss
And that it is okay

Just keep running the race.
Just keep running.

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Posted on Wednesday, February 20th, 2013, in Family, Life, Parenting, Poetry, Writing. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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