Monday, May 27, 2013

A Little Parenting Advice from Edith (Hidden Art Chapter 7)

"You cannot expect to have a close relationship with a teenager who, after all, is still the same person as the two-year-old you stuck crying into bed, the three-year-old you spanked and shoved aside, the four-year-old you wouldn't listen to, the five-year-old you never shared beauty with, the six-year-old you found boring, or you 'trained' never to butt in, but never gave time to make a cosy and beautiful background out of which you could talk to him or her."
"...Great moments of trust and confidence do not spring out of concrete.  They need a long time of being planted, fertilized, weeded, watered, warmed by sun and cared for lovingly before they become mature 'plants'--plants of understanding communication and loving relationship."  ~~ Edith Schaeffer, The Hidden Art of Homemaking

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