Leaving Societal Norms Behind

Children

Children

Children.

How do children define us? How are we defined by children? Ours. Theirs. Children.

Do you have children? Does a partner of yours have children? Are you somehow connected to children?

Children can play a very important role in our life. They can define us. They can create our reality. Polyamory is very different for those with children than it is for those who are without them. Being a parent, or a step-parent, or a partner to a parent, can change the way we view ourselves and the world.

How do children impact your life? How does your life impact those children?

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“Do not ask your children
to strive for extraordinary lives.
Such striving may seem admirable,
but it is the way of foolishness.
Help them instead to find the wonder
and the marvel of an ordinary life.
Show them the joy of tasting
tomatoes, apples and pears.
Show them how to cry
when pets and people die.
Show them the infinite pleasure
in the touch of a hand.
And make the ordinary come alive for them.
The extraordinary will take care of itself.” 

― William Martin, The Parent’s Tao Te Ching: Ancient Advice for Modern Parents

“Through the blur, I wondered if I was alone or if other parents felt the same way I did – that everything involving our children was painful in some way. The emotions, whether they were joy, sorrow, love or pride, were so deep and sharp that in the end they left you raw, exposed and yes, in pain. The human heart was not designed to beat outside the human body and yet, each child represented just that – a parent’s heart bared, beating forever outside its chest.”

― Debra Ginsberg

“Anyone who does anything to help a child in his life is a hero to me. ” 

― Fred Rogers (Mr. Rogers)

“Accept the children the way we accept trees—with gratitude, because they are a blessing—but do not have expectations or desires. You don’t expect trees to change, you love them as they are.”

― Isabel Allende

“Your kids require you most of all to love them for who they are, not to spend your whole time trying to correct them.”

― Bill Ayers

“There is no such thing as a “broken family.” Family is family, and is not determined by marriage certificates, divorce papers, and adoption documents. Families are made in the heart. The only time family becomes null is when those ties in the heart are cut. If you cut those ties, those people are not your family. If you make those ties, those people are your family. And if you hate those ties, those people will still be your family because whatever you hate will always be with you.” 

― C. JoyBell C.