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The Rants of a Childcare Provider

by Christel Crews

I am here to care for, not raise your child
It is not my responsibility to lay the groundwork
of their moral code
If it was my child, yes, I would handle it differently
the child is yours, so I leave them to your charge

Don't be afraid to tell them NO
Draw limits and boundaries, then uphold them
Discipline is a sign of love and strength
Without it, they will love and respect nil a person
who crosses their path.

Falling down and getting hurt will build perseverance
so let them fall
Every childhood scar is another layer of strength of character
Schedule their day with
Times to play - not on some electronic device
But with a cardboard box and a stick
Then watch as their imagination lifts off on wings of pretend

Nap-time is non-negotiable.
If they aren't tired, then they sat too long, doing nothing
but moving their thumbs.

Vegetables are good - no sense arguing with them.
Cheer for the trial of new things. Encourage it,
don't cave to what they like and known.

Be the example of sincere apologies.
Show them it is okay to make a mistake
and how to right a wrong.

And for God's sake, remember who the adult is
If they tell you NO, you don't have to listen.
They are the child, remember?
Stand firm in the request you gave and see to it
they respect it.

Future generations will thank you
As will your child.... some day


Author's Note: need I say more???

Posted on 06/14/2014
Copyright © 2022 Christel Crews

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Chris Sorrenti on 06/14/14 at 06:24 PM

WOW! In a single poem you have captured and delivered all of the common sense necessary to raise children properly, that no amount of egg-heads' self help books could equal. Heading straight for my favorites. Christel, can I post a link to this on my Facebook page?

Posted by George Hoerner on 06/14/14 at 06:48 PM

Yes, what ever happened to respect for adults? Where did it go? Nice write lady!

Posted by Kristina Woodhill on 06/15/14 at 01:45 AM

Brava! Well said.

Posted by Philip F De Pinto on 06/15/14 at 01:09 PM

I wholeheartedly concur with this philosophy. Love the line about vegetables are good, no need arguing with them.

Posted by David Maurice on 06/15/14 at 07:03 PM

By rounding every corner and padding every room, we invite lunacy. I like this.

Posted by Quentin S Clingerman on 06/17/14 at 04:03 PM

Full hearted agreement. When discipline is lacking self control is never attained.

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