Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Your children are not your children

I just had to share the lyrics to this song that I got off a good friends blog (thanks Karen). The lyrics to this song expresses what shapes our parenting philosophies and what motivates us as parents. It is from Sweet Honey In the Rock, called "On Children" .........................absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!!

Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and the daughters of lives longing for itself.
They come through you, but they are not from you.
And though they are with you, they belong not to you.
You can give them your love, but not your thoughts.
They have their own thoughts, they have their own thoughts.
You can house their bodies, but not their souls.
For their souls dwell in a place of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
You can strive to be like them, but you cannot make them just like you.
Strive to be like them, but you cannot make them just like you.


sheli said...

Right On!!!!
Love ya,

tribalmama said...

Yep! That's the song. I have the song on a cd titled "Hand in Hand: Songs for Parenthood" or something like that? I LOVE that song, the way they sing it is enchanting! Now I gotta read the book that those words came from "The Prophet".
Hugs, sista!

Ren said...

You would love the entire book of "The Prophet". I have Mom's old copy.:)

Heather said...

Thanks for sharing this on your blog. I had read Karen's blog but overlooked the part about "On Children."

I have always liked this song and agree it fits unschoolers well. I posted the words on my blog as well with a link to hear the song on a Google video. Thanks for starting something cool, Karen and Heidi. Sorry to be a copy cat too!!

Snavleys said...

We don't mind copy cats! I am going to place the song on my website unschooling page too.