A Parent’s Duty To A Child

A duty and a promise to my children – Zachary, Tessa, and Hayle

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Walk in front at the spring of life;
then beside, through winter’s last days.

A Parent’s Duty To A Child

Remember what they forget;
and forget what should be forgot.

Cheer them when they are up;
and lift them when they are down.

Listen when you feel like screaming;
and speak proudly when they are listening.

Feed their body and their mind;
then teach them to mind their body.

Be a friend when they want it;
and a parent when they need it.

Teach that there are many kinds of people;
without missing a chance to teach kindness.

Walk in front at the spring of life;
then beside, through winter’s last days.

Build the bounds of shelter;
but break the bounds of love.

See the adult in the child;
and know the child in the adult.

Let their hand go when it’s time;
but never let go with your heart.

And always, always, always believe in them;
even if they don’t believe in themselves.

— Eric Winger


Today’s gift of time … Made a special trip to my daughter’s school with her band instrument after she forgot it.

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About Eric Winger

Our perception of time is key to how we use our time. The most fundamental way to change that perception is to give our time. This opens us up to new opportunities and ideas from which we can build to really make a difference. ... Yes, we *do* have time to make a difference!
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6 Responses to A Parent’s Duty To A Child

  1. Beautiful, Eric. Imagine the world if every parent upheld those duties. I especially like:

    “See the adult in the child;
    and know the child in the adult.”

    I think that alone can help you connect with and understand all people, both big and small!

    Cat

    • Eric Winger says:

      Thanks, Cat. That line resonated with me too after it popped out of my keyboard. … When we look at someone, we can’t see where they’ve been or where they’re going. For example, every dirty, unshaven homeless person was once a cute, cuddly little baby.

      Take care,

      Eric

  2. Natalie says:

    It seems that we are both blogging reflective on parenthood these days! Your bit of prosie resonated with my own mama heartstrings, Eric — thank you so much for putting it out there for us to love.

  3. Penetrating, insightful, and superb! Wonderful, Eric. -Paul

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