How To Really Love a Child Poem by SARK, Top 10 Posts of 2010 Pragmatic Mom

Countdown to 2011: My #1 Post, How To Really Love A Child by SARK

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How To Really Love A Child by SARK, 1340 page views.

My #1 post for 2010 is … How To:  Really Love a Child (Poem) by SARK.  The Director of my last preschool (there were 3 of them!) had included this poem in the weekly newsletter to parents.  She had happened upon it while rifling through an old fundraiser cookbook where it was included as a “recipe.”  I had no idea that this poem would be so popular but it is such a sweet poem and a great reminder of what is important to a child!  I thought this would be a nice way to end 2010 and welcome in 2o11.  Happy New Years!  And THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for your support all year! I hope to see you (a lot) in 2011!!!

“From The Bowen Cookbook from 1994.  There was one “recipe” included by a parent that I thought you might enjoy.”  Director of Bowen Preschool in 2010, Priscilla Howland.

How to Really Love a Child *

Be there.

Say yes as often as possible.

Let them bang on pots and pans.

If they’re crabby, put them in water.

If they’re unlovable, love yourself.

Realize how important it is to be a child.

Go to a movie theater in your pajamas.

Read books out loud with joy.

Invent pleasures together.

Remember how really small they are.

Giggle a lot.

Surprise them.

Say no when necessary.

Teach feelings.

Heal your own inner child.

Learn about parenting.

Hug trees together.

Make loving safe.

Bake a cake and eat it with no hands.

Go find elephants and kiss them.

Plan to build a rocket ship.

Imagine yourself magic.

Make lots of forts with blankets.

Let your angel fly.

Reveal your own dreams.

Search out the positive.

Keep the gleam in your eye.

Encourage silly.

Plant licorice in your garden.

Open up.

Stop yelling.

Express your love.

A lot.

Speak kindly.

Paint their tennis shoes.

Handle with caring.

*Copyrighted to SARK

p.s.  If you like this poem, you might like Just Playing by Anita Wadley (for parents of young children).

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By Mia Wenjen, PragmaticMom


  1. As a new mom, I absolutely love this! I will definitely be sharing it with family and friends!

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