Sunday, April 29, 2007

A Tempering Influence

The most difficult part
Of raising a child
Is letting them make
Their own mistakes.
Love must go beyond
Protection; It must
Go beyond teaching;
It must allow failing.
Failure makes stronger
By strengthening resolve.
Just as steel must be tempered,
So must a child be tempered.
Which in turn tempers
A parent's love.


bigwhitehat said...


Now I need to influence my temper.

I am happy to see that Code Marshal badge.

Incognito said...

Lovely Panhandle.. and true!!.. not that I have children.

Hard when people we love undergo tests, but we can't take tests for them, nor should we, because we rob them of their learning.

MotherPie said...

Kids keep you humble. And blogging is not where you want to share exactly the details of your trials. Kids need their space to learn.

You want them to learn while they are young and you are there to help them learn from their mistakes.

I bet you are a good parent.

Panhandle Poet said...

Thanks, MotherPie, I'm certain there's room for improvement.