Before Christmas – or the Holiday season – children get very tired. There are many things going on at school: tests, exams, assemblies and all kind of celebrations.
During this time of the year, schools observe an increase of injuries on the playground, children get easily sick and this all can take a heavy toll on the whole family.
One of our favourite poems for this season is “Be kind to your turkey this Christmas” by Benjamin Zephanaiah. I got inspired and composed this very short poem that I dedicate to all the parents (please be indulgent: English is my fourth language…).
I’d like to make it longer… so, here is my challenge for you: If you can come up with some lines, please add them in the comment.
I will add them in the most homogeneous way (I promise that I’ll do my best!) and re-publish the poem at Christmas on this site adding all your names.
Be kind to your children at Christmas
they’re doing their best and that’s enough
we all need a break
so do it for their sake:
take a moment and “see” them,
do listen and hug them
there’s a lot going on and it’s tough.
(by Ute Limacher-Riebold 😉 )
Be kind to your children at Christmas,
they do so much to make you proud,
kids of an expat, linguistic acrobat!
take time to be there for them
praise and support them
expats are the best – shout it out loud!
Savour every moment
Cherish every kiss
These are the things
One day you will miss
Laughter, tantrums, smiles and tears
Bring so much joy yet so many fears
The patience given and the kindness fed
Will contribute to good lives led
One day you will take a breath
And they will all have ventured beyond
Nurturing their fledglings in their own back pond