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On Children

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little pink ballerina girl

A family member shared this with her daughter on her birthday, and I thought it was so beautiful.  I’m admittedly not normally into poetry unless it’s something written by Winnie the Pooh, but this is really inspirational.

On Children
Kahlil Gibran

Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.

You may give them your love but not your thoughts, 
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, 
which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them, 
but seek not to make them like you.
For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.
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Oh, The Places You’ll Go

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I think this is so sweet.

A recent high school grad received the book Oh the Places You’ll Go, by Doctor Seuss from her father. The first page had a short paragraph written by her kindergarten teacher, and the next pages included messages from her teaches from the past 13 years.  So special!  What a Dad.  Read the full story here >

Oh The Places You'll Go - sentimental graduation gift idea

iPhone Contract from a Very Smart Mom

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This is exactly the stuff that made me want to start a blog – I needed a place to tuck away the web’s little hidden treasures, in a place more stable than my flailing interest in Twitter, and distrust in keeping everything filed away on Facebook. I hope I’ll remember this some day when I’m a mom.

 is a blogger, and one smart mama. I admire her candidness and ingenuity in taking the opportunity of a brand spankin’ new iPhone as a lesson in morals, manners and values for her 13-year old son.  According to her blog post on Huffington Post, the iPhone that her son received wrapped up for Christmas came with this message and contract attached.

Merry Christmas! You are now the proud owner of an iPhone. Hot Damn! You are a good & responsible 13 year old boy and you deserve this gift. But with the acceptance of this present comes rules and regulations.

Here are all 18 rules:

  1. It is my phone. I bought it. I pay for it. I am loaning it to you. Aren’t I the greatest?
  2. I will always know the password.
  3. If it rings, answer it. It is a phone. Say hello, use your manners. Do not ever ignore a phone call if the screen reads “Mom” or “Dad”. Not ever.
  4. Hand the phone to one of your parents promptly at 7:30pm every school night & every weekend night at 9:00pm. It will be shut off for the night and turned on again at 7:30am. If you would not make a call to someone’s land line, wherein their parents may answer first, then do not call or text. Listen to those instincts and respect other families like we would like to be respected. Continue reading