|The Road Not Taken (1916)
by Robert Frost
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less travelled by,
And that has made all the difference.”
Children need a parent’s guidance as they embark on the road of life.
As parents, we also need to make a choice as to which road or parenting approach we will take as we raise our children. Here are five simple tips:
- Be consistent with your children…set guidelines and stick to them.
- Be compassionate with your children…show them love and respect.
- Teach consequences…children need to learn that for every action there is a reaction.
- Communicate with your children…a two-way street of talking AND listening.
- Connect with your children…participate together in all types of activities.
Speaking about participating in activities, have you ever tried creative writing with your children? It’s lots of fun and will help strengthen their literacy skills and exercise their creativity. I’m taking part in a little creative writing over at Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog. It’s called Summer Short and Sweets.
This is week four of Susanna’s challenge…if you click on the link above, you’ll see that this challenge was to take a letter of the alphabet, possibly the first letter of your name, and think of as many words (nouns, adjectives, adverbs, etc.) that begin with that letter and then write a 50 – 100 word story. You are not supposed to peek at the detailed instructions until you choose your letter. I picked “V” since that is the first letter of my name (had I peeked, I might have chosen an easier letter)…and here is my submission:
Viscountess Vanessa Versailles, a virginal Venezuelan virtuoso with varicose veins, vigilantly clutched the valuable Venetian violin in the velvet valise and vaulted over vipers and violent voles, her out-of-gas veneered van parked in the valley behind her. Her view blurred by a veil of venomous vapors, Vanessa valiantly raced onward, vowing to validate her promise to the vacationers who were even now vacating their seats for the violinist’s Valentine’s Day performance. Is she racing in vain?
Why not give it a try…just visit Susanna’s blog and hop aboard the Summer Short and Sweets train…it will be a fun ride. Then you can adjust the challenges for your children, depending on their ages. Young kids can draw pictures to tell their story and have a parent or older sibling write the words.
What else can you do with your kids this summer? For the price of a large pizza, some breadsticks and a liter of soda (that will only last a few minutes), you can have quick and easy activities that will keep kids busy and happy and learning till school starts…and beyond! Show Me How! Build Your Child’s Self-Esteem Through Reading, Crafting and Cooking is the book I wish I had when my kids were growing up. Suzanne Williams, author of over 27 children’s books says, “I wish Show Me How! had existed when my own children were young.” Clinical psychologist, Jodi Harap adds, “Ms. Kirkfield presents concrete examples and helpful recommendations that are sure to give parents a newfound sense of competence and confidence in their own abilities as well.”