Raising Peaceful Children: A Poem
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Raising Peaceful Children: A Poem

 In yesterday’s blog I mentioned that
Every Interaction with a child makes an impression! Some very simple ones, are remembered a lifetime.  Isn't this a precious experience for a child and parent?

 Years ago I observed a teacher interacting with a child in an emotional and unkind manner.  It touched me deeply. I thought about it much that day. I did report it to the director of the school so it would not happen again. 
The next morning, I awakened to the sound of music. It was like a fabulous opening to a great piece of music. I was startled and surprised beyond words! Instantly, there was a poem in my mind. I went to the computer and typed it up.  I recall the day and experience so clearly.
Below is that poem. It’s about our interconnectedness.  
And today science is “proving” the truth behind this idea. 
This poem is for mother and fathers…
For all those whose childhood was not perfect…
For all those whose parents, may not have consciously chose to be parents...

For all those who long to be loved…
And all those who love to be healed…
From the past…
From the hurts…
From the pain…
From the sadness….
And for all those who love to love…
And who desire to be inspired by love…
And for all those who would like to add more JOY into their live today…
And perhaps remember childhood JOYS…
And for anyone interested in adding more JOY to their life TODAY!

 I Am You and You Are Me
I Am Your Child…Deep, deep within,
For I AM YOU and YOU are ME
Deep, deep within
What a child hears…I hear
What a child feels…I feel
As she laughs…  I laugh
As she cries… I cry
           A pull on her arm, is a pull on my heart…
As I allow children to make
choices freely…
A NEW Freedom of CHOICE
resounds within me…
Her delight is the delight I never had…
Her freedom is the freedom I never
As I allow a child to move in peace…
I bring peace to myself.
As I allow a child to speak freely…
I give myself freedom to speak.
As I allow a child to make mistakes…
I give myself freedom to error in life.
Your kindness heals…
My kindness heals….

Your love nurtures….
My love nurtures…

Your JOY encourages…
My JOY encourages…
Your understanding brings Peace…
My understanding brings Peace…
For I am YOU and YOU are Me…
Deep, deep within…
Sharon Ann Wikoff
I do not feel it’s ever too late to recover our childhood, if we feel it lacked anything at all. As parents, when we are at peace with our past…we can love greater.
As you observe a child at play in a most wonderful way, become a child and feel the JOY of such play.
Recently, I was in a workshop, and observed participant after participant, releasing old memories, and the Teacher, encouraging them to create a new one.
One of the JOYS in my life, is teaching piano to all ages. This year I celebrated 46 years of doing this!  A few months ago I was at student’s home giving a lesson. As I was leaving after the lesson, I observed he had a huge trampoline in the yard. My 6 year old student, asked, “Would you like to jump on it with me?” I exclaimed YES!
We had such a fun time jumping all around on it. It brought back old memories of doing this at a child. However, the JOY I had doing it with my student, brought even greater JOY than I had had as a child.
I invite you to become a child as you observe children at play…
And allow their JOY to be your JOY!
Wishing you a JOY- filled day...


5 Comments to Raising Peaceful Children: A Poem :

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Kim Shea on Sunday, November 22, 2015 1:51 PM
Beautiful! You seem like a joyful person. It is hard to picture that you were not raised that way. Obviously your personal growth has been profound; you have much to share with others who want what you have. Thank you for sharing!
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Sharon on Sunday, November 22, 2015 3:01 PM
Thank you for writing Kim and your kind comments. I'm glad you enjoyed the blog. Your response gave me much to ponder. Thank you! From childhood I have just LOVED children, so mothering came pretty naturally to me. And through the years I've learned how much a parent can do to support their children in growing beyond their limitations and insecurities. That is the "why" behind my work. On a personal note, I came into this world very insecure and I don't think my parents were in a place to nurture me beyond that...so it remained with me for years. But I have come to accept that everyone does the best they can in the moment, and then it becomes "our" task to grow beyond. That is our challenge as well as our "Gift"! It has been a journey of learning and releasing for sure! Thank you again for responding to my blog.

Pernilla Lillarose on Sunday, November 22, 2015 6:51 PM
I agree with Kim. You do seem like a joyful and Love Filled Soul, Sharon and it comes through so clearly in your writings. I love your poem. There is so much Love in it. I can relate to poem writing. It just happens, doesn't it and it comes with such Love and Joy and Energy that simply needs to be put on paper. Even though you didn't have the childhood that you offer children today, the Gift of not having it yourself make you the One you are today and a blessing to all children.
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Sharon on Sunday, November 22, 2015 7:34 PM
Thanks Pernilla for your comment and kind words. Yes, poem writing does just happen doesn't it? It's amazing how some situations just call forth one to go to paper and pen! Yes, I agree, we are a product of our past...and hopefully learn from it so we can bless others. Thanks again for sharing here on my blog.
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Lesa on Monday, November 23, 2015 1:05 PM
I love your poem, Sharon! What a beautiful reminder that by treating the children around us with love, compassion and kindness, we are actually helping to heal our own hurts from our childhood. It's a profound message the world needs very desperately.
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