person crying beside bed

What your kids want most from you

All they want is your presence
When you are present
They just want you to be there when you’re present

Just give them this
Don’t try to resist
If you can do it you’ll discover the purest bliss

Water for the fish
So there that it’s missed
This is how they will reminisce

Take back your power
Work fewer hours
Help build the forts and play in the towers

They will remember
The First of Octember
You will be giving them memories so tender

Take them for walks
Listen while they talk
Always remember your sidewalk chalk

Listen to each child
Let them be wild
And then automatically be first to smile

Listen without speaking
Listen when you’re freaking
Close your eyes and listen to them breathing

It’s simple but hard
They’re slippery as lard
To catch them you have to let down your guard

Be a confidant
It’s you that they want
But you have to keep it nonchalant

That’s all there is to it
Don’t say you can’t do it
That’s the same as admitting you’re the one who blew it

All they want is your presence
When you are present
They just want you to be there when you’re present

SR

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I hope you enjoy your sojourn ‘off the beaten path.’

Stay as long as you like.

When you leave, no matter what else you do,

‘Live the story you want to tell.’

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