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Understanding Kids

July 16, 2005

A child is always a child. At 1, 5, 15, 18, 30, 60, 90. At all of those ages, a child is still a child to its parents.

So should a parent know what their child is doing and is thinking? When they are young, yes, but as they get older, they move apart from their parents and secrets are kept. So when the parents realise that their child is capable of a crime, how much of that parent’s life is destroyed?

This piece by Kahlil Gibran summarises how we should look at our children, which is something no parent will ever attain.


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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