I had the pleasure of speaking with published author and licensed family therapist, Helene Rothschild, who wrote the poem, As I Grow. Her words thoughtfully remind parents that they are raising a beautiful little individual who needs to be heard, understood, respected and taught. She writes through the heart of a child, asking the parent to answer questions briefly and clearly. She asks for attention through compliments and time together. She emphasizes that curiosity and interest need to be nurtured to develop self confidence, and build a successful, fulfilling life. Raising a child can be very demanding with a full schedule of Dr. appointments, teacher conferences, soccer practice, meals to prepare, homework to complete, and tears to wipe. Sometimes those demands don’t leave much time or energy for the real things which matter, such as nurturing your child’s spirit, or his creative individuality. Helene’s words remind us that everything matters, so to take the time to give your child everything he needs, as he grows. Read more in my article “Words of wisdom to remember each day“.